I spent a good part of my career working in a tough urban ghetto. I only mention this here to explain why the otherwise shocking story from Los Angeles does not surprise me one bit. Apparently Earl Hutchinson is more concerned with the police department’s reputation than a child’s welfare.
If you have been following the Starkeisha Brown issue, you know that she severely beat, burned, abused, and generally tortured her 5-year-old son. The latest update from the newspaper of record in L.A. brings to light a more sinister sub-plot: Everyone involved in Brown’s life suspected the abuse and did nothing!
Read carefully this piece from the L.A. Times and I hope you get as sick as I did for years when I heard the same sorry excuses. “We don’t trust the police,” or “The man will just make this worse.” Pathetic.
The truth is that the mostly African American residents of south central Los Angeles “don’t snitch” no matter what.
Observe the quote by Ms. Daniels: “In South-Central, we don’t do that. I’m just telling you how it is.”
Even when a child is dying. The truth is that the so-called community leaders like Hutchinson continue to refuse to call this what it is: Cultural conspiracy. Every one of those people is responsible, in a direct and absolute way, for burns and cuts and bruises on this victim’s body. Yet his only explanation is:
” Hutchinson and others said suspicion and fear of authorities runs deep in parts of South L.A. “
Oh, it’s the police department and social services agencies’ fault. I have a suggested quote for Mr. Hutchinson to substitute:
” Residents of our poorest neighborhoods need to set aside their self-victimization mentality and call the police if a child is in trouble.”
I guess now they will call me a racist. I thought that child abuse would be serious enough for leaders to finally step up and challenge the Black community to break their silence. The truth is I was wrong.
By now, most of us have had it with this story. As reported on Yahoo news, and every other place on earth, former Milwaukee Police Officer Oscar Ayala-Cornejo decided to lie about his citizenship to allow himself to become a police officer. I can understand Continue Reading
Talk about poetic. I couldn’t make this one up; it really happened. Of course his sister says that he just, “Had his ways…” but a career criminal is no longer among us. I hope the alligator didn’t get sick.
My favorite quote:
“The world sleeps peacefully at night because of good men willing to do violence on their behalf”
As many of my readers know, there is a strong link between America’s military and our police forces. A significant percentage of the officers that patrol the nation’s streets also wear another uniform. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard or reserve, we owe them all a debt of gratitude.
Most Americans will never serve in either capacity. That is just fine with these “double” heroes; their calling is as much personal as anything. Over and over again, I have said “goodbye” to officers as they shipped out to a new war zone. This time the fighting is thousands of miles away, and more dangerous than we could imagine. Yet our police officers continue to park their patrol cars and pick up the Humvee keys.
I just want to say “THANK YOU,” from a greatful nation and a fellow cop. Be safe out there.
It’s true. Not for twice my salary. Throughout my career I have found two groups of individuals who have thankless, low-paying, difficult, and absolutely critical jobs. The first are 9-1-1 dispatchers. Think about this; they have to deal with all the idiocy that is my job, and yet they have no recourse. No arrests, no pepper spray, no “driving away” because this moron won’t shut up. They just get to listen. And to boot, it is all on tape for later evaluation. Brutal.
So I was pleased by this post on the outstanding 5150 world blog. I have it listed on my sidebar, and recommend you check it out. This post about the wildfires really hit home. Continue Reading
I have a bunch of “dumb criminal” stories milling about smartly in my head. Once in a while I see one that just makes the ‘A’ list. Check out the genius who left his pants at the scene of a burglary. But wait, there’s more. He didn’t limit the idiocy to depositing his pants at the scene (possibly forgivable, since he was fighting with the homeowner / victim.) He left them there with pockets full of stolen property from other crimes in the same neighborhood.
Every so often during my tenure as a detective, I would sit on the witness stand and describe for the jury what the suspect had done. As I heard the words come out of my mouth I would think to myself, “thank god they are still dumb, or we might not catch anyone!”
One of my pet peeves has always been the genius who refuses to listen to a uniformed officer giving a simple, lawful, and clear order (see this post for an example.)
Without judging the specific tactics, I think my point is well made in the video below. That drunk should have listened.