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'Downtown Royal Oak' Trends on Twitter Causing Concerns for Police

A large group of teenagers congregated near 11 Mile Road and Main Street on Saturday evening after some online activity alluded to a fight.

The arrest of two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old over the weekend has led city commissioners to ask for strict enforcement of Royal Oak’s 10:30 p.m. curfew for anyone 16 or under.

“We had a group of kids show up at the  after 7 p.m. (on Saturday),” Chief Corrigan O’Donohue told commissioners at their meeting Monday night. “There was some Twitter activity about a fight that was supposed to take place there. Most of them were just hoping to see a fight that never happened.”

Commissioner Kyle DuBuc said he noticed “downtown Royal Oak” was a trending topic on the popular social media site Saturday night.

“Kids were exchanging a lot of banter saying ‘Who’s going? I’m going,’” DuBuc said. The commissioner said he couldn’t tell if it was just “kids ribbing each other” or if they were alluding to an actual fight.

At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a large group of teens leaving a movie at the Emagine Theatre entered the mix of youths already roaming around downtown, causing a variety of problems, according to O’Donohue.

“It was a little bit like herding cats, going from one problem to another,“ O’Donohue said. Most of the activity was normal for teenagers, but some of it was serious, including larceny, he said.

Ultimately, police officers on foot were brought in to keep the crowd in control and keep the youths from blocking traffic.

O’Donohue told commissioners that the police department does not want to overreact, as the incident could be a one-time event.

In the meantime, the public is reminded the 10:30 p.m. curfew will be enforced and parents will be cited and get a misdemeanor ticket if their teenager breaks the curfew.

Ronald Wolf April 19, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Patience you sound like you work for LA, but lets say you are also a Royal Oak taxpayer. Should your tax dollars go to a business that has frequent need for the police and does not make an attempt to provide its own security? My problem is that our DDA pays Royal Oak for three officers to patrol downtown (LA is not downtown) which takes three officers off neighborhood patrol (your neighborhood) during peak evening crime hours when cars are stolen, homes burglerized and worse. If those police were from a pool of our laid off officers I would have no problem. As Royal Oak Police is close to a skeleton crew due to cutbacks and even though the city can use the extra money from the DDA this is not fair to those homeowners and businesses that are not downtown who are victims of crime.
Ronald Wolf April 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Stephon I totally sympathize. Being young is not a disease.
Ambrose919 April 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Couldn't agree more
Karen90218 April 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
it was quite possibly kids from out of town who just wander in to stir things up. like they did in birmingham last year.
sami April 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM
It should come out of La Fitness PREMIER club fees. I'm sure if you were a member paying those fees you would want to know your car will be safe and in one piece or your wallet will be in the locker where you left it. Crime happens every minute every day the Police need all the help they can get and extra eyes and ears helps. This has been an ongoing problem at this club. Step up La Fitness and protect your members and thier property HIRE private security !!!!!

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