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Marion, Alabama sees Zimbabwe style battling mob in city center.


From Associated Press

Two feuding families and their friends lined opposite sides of a small-town Alabama street and hurled rocks, tools and pieces of wood at each other, striking the police chief with a crowbar, in a riot rooted in a disagreement that began years ago with schoolchildren.

Members of the Sawyer and Moore families were in jail Tuesday, a day after the melee that swelled to 150 people, including gang members.

“They came with guns, sticks, bricks, golf clubs. It was a bad situation,” said police chief Tony Bufford, who was OK.

State police and officers from other west Alabama towns were called to keep the peace in Marion, which was under a 10 p.m. curfew.

Bufford said the families have been feuding for at least two years but wasn’t sure exactly what happened to start it all except it was over schoolchildren.

Five adults named either Moore or Sawyer and several juveniles were arrested on assault charges, said District Attorney Michael Jackson, and more charges were likely. In all, at least eight people were arrested in the city of 3,300 about 85 miles west of Montgomery.

“Part of it was families that didn’t get along with each other. It’s big families with a lot of friends,” Jackson said, adding that gang members also were involved.

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Marion, Alabama is over 63% black and it’s located in a rural county that is nearly 70% black. Can you imagine the coverage this story would have received if it had been white people? This would be the largest news story in the United States. Instead it is only being reported in the Alabama media and no pictures are being shown.

State troopers and cops from eight different towns swarmed the mob. After the police made some initial arrests, the mob made their way to the station and began fighting again right in from of the police station! This is the kind of scene you would expect to see in countries like Zimbabwe and South Africa, not the USA.