|Don't mouth off kid!|
The security guards grabbed the kids, one of whom looked to be about 15 years old, and the other one perhaps 12, and proceeded to hit them and sic dogs on them while they hustled them to the nearby police station.
|Hey, that hurts!|
One can certainly empathise with the bystanders, many of whom most likely have been mugged themselves and seen the kids run off scot-free. It's happened to me twice, and I've witnessed several other muggings.
In this case, the guards weren't shy about continuing their violence amidst onlookers and with me and others snapping photos.
And these kids aren't usually mugging to buy food for their families. They steal to buy drugs, party, impress girls with their fancy cellphones. So, the public naturally has built up resentment. And, police complain that in the rare cases that juveniles get arrested, they often go free the next day. So, I've seen occasions when neighbors caught a thief, beat him up and then let him go, feeling certain that vigilante law was much more effective than anything the courts would do.
|Take that, kid!|
For their part, the police here routinely stop young men on the street and pat them down, with no need for probable cause. Women are almost never suspected.
|What have you kids got in your pockets?|