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Dubuque mom seeks safety at Dubuque park following attack

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Dubuque Police are stepping up patrols at one Dubuque park after a teenager was severely beaten Tuesday night.

Spencer Beaver, 18, of Dubuque told police he was playing basketball at Comiskey Park when he was approached by more than a dozen males, 1 of whom enticed Beaver to fight. According to police, 3 proceeded to assault Beaver and cause facial injuries which required treatment at the hospital.

"A group of kids ran up to him, jumped on him and broke his jaw. He ran for help, but nobody called 911," Spencer's mom, Jennifer Beaver, said Saturday.

Spencer Beaver told police he suspects the confrontation is related to his association with another individual the suspects do not like. Police said no arrests or charges have been made.

The North End Neighborhood association has a monthly meeting the first Wednesday of every month. During this month's meeting, the confrontation was discussed.

The president of the North End Neighborhood association, Chuck Harris, said during the meeting neighbors were encouraged to speak out if they noticed a crime or something suspicious. Harris added the association also encouraged people to volunteer time to monitor the park to help prevent crimes from taking place.

Jennifer Beaver said since she's shared her story with the organization and social media, she's already noticed a change.

"The community has really stepped up. I think the police are doing a really good job trying to work with the community to get things going, where it is going to be safer again for kids," Beaver said.

Dubuque Police said they are encouraging officers to spend their space time while they are on duty at the park. Police said that could include making patrols, parking nearby, or working on a paperwork at the park.

Despite the attack Tuesday, Chuck Harris, said crime has actually declined in the North End and park in the past 5 years.

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