In both articles, authors interviewed numerous witnesses, who all said the same thing. Here are some highlights.
Eric, an Iraqi war veteran, provided the most detailed description of the action. He said it “rated right up there” with what he saw in combat, concluding that only the National Guard could have handled this. He reported that police were ineffective and slow to respond. (Eric, meet Castle Rock v Gonzales: Police have no duty to protect you.)
Numerous witnesses reported people being pulled off motorcycles and beaten. A white youth was beaten and left lying in the street, then a female dropped a construction sign on him. After another woman got out of her car and tried to intervene, her husband “screamed at her to get back into the car.” Then the mob threw the victim “into the bushes like he was a piece of garbage.”
A concession worker reported a large mob rampaging through the midway, damaging stalls and driving away customers.
One thing witnesses were unanimous about: Black youth attacked, and made race-oriented threats and comments, only towards Caucasians.
Both articles are in-depth, with extensive witness interviews. They are excellent examples of investigative journalism, and highly recommended reading.