3 men are convicted in wake of racial melee in Mount Airy White men fought with black youths

July 02, 1993|By Staff Report

Three men involved in a March 26 brawl -- in which some of the nearly 100 participants hurled racial epithets at each other and police outside a Mount Airy miniature golf establishment -- were convicted this week in Frederick District Court.

Frederick District Judge W. Milnor Roberts convicted Cherokee Thomas Roop Jr., 31, of Mount Airy, on one count of battery; Michael Wade Sirk, 39, of Mount Airy, on one count of disorderly conduct; and his brother, Warren Richard Sirk, 41, of Walkersville, on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing police.

Mr. Roop, who was injured in the brawl, spent nearly two weeks in a hospital, court records say. He was given a suspended 18-month sentence and was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $300 fine.

Michael Sirk was given a suspended 60-day sentence, fined $350 and ordered to perform 75 hours of community service.

Warren Sirk will be sentenced next month after completion of a presentence investigation.

The melee, which drew 25 police officers from Carroll and Frederick counties, erupted about 9 p.m. outside the Putt N Fun miniature golf course on Main Street, police said.

The fight pitted white men against black youths, witnesses and police said.

Police said at the time that the brawl apparently began because a 14-year-old white girl was dating a black youth, angering her family and friends.

Michael Sirk, Mr. Roop -- his neighbor and cousin-in-law -- and Warren Sirk were at a poker game and were called to the fight because some of their children were involved, according to police and court records.

The Sirk brothers, who claim they were mistreated by a Westminster state trooper, lodged brutality complaints with state police. That investigation is continuing, police said.

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