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The 4th Annual Orange Mound Block Party, July 30, 2011. Boss Diva and Trap Mob performing. 

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As soon as the Orange Mound Block Party got underway, the Memphis Police Department showed up and began citing people for having alcohol or beer in the park. There is a city ordinance against beer in the parks, but the annoying thing is that usually whenever you drive past this park (or many others in Memphis) you see old bums drinking beer in the parks, and the police never do a thing. But as soon as there is a predominantly-Black community event, they show up ready to enforce the ordinance strictly. 

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The 4th Annual Orange Mound Block Party was held Saturday July 30 at Lewis-Davis Park at Pendleton and Deadrick, right next to Melrose High School in the heart of Memphis’ Orange Mound neighborhood. It was a beautiful day, but hot, and ultimately a day that should have been fun for everybody turned tragic because of a string of fights and a shooting. It’s really sad, and all the more since the city will undoubtedly use what happened today as an excuse to not allow the event next year.