chicago, mob violence, death, yawning cops, 16, poverty, olympics, everyday
by fairleft2, Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 09:06:42 AM EDT
WARNING: graphic video
Where were the police when a gang of kids murdered 16-year-old Derrion Albert outside Chicago's Fenger High School?
A squad car was two blocks away. When what you see on the video happened, officers knew about the disturbance and decided not to respond, not to do anything at all.
The two cops were scared or didn't care. Probably the latter. The disturbance you see on the video or similar was a near-daily event, to be anticipated and prevented (see Fenger beating death: Violence, tension had been building over years). Get it, cops? Crime prevention. Where were you?
Why is no newspaper angry at the police? Why no editorials about this?
Where are the police this morning, two days later?
A TV reporter (the local Fox affiliate) at Fenger High School since 6 a.m. today reports at 8:30 that he hasn't seen a single cop car at the school.
. . .
So no police at Fenger this morning either.
Where are the police?
I walk out my door in my basically crime-free Chicago neighborhood and there they are, parked at the corner like they are nearly every morning.
They're in Andersonville, Beverly, Bridgeport, Hyde Park, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, the middle-class and yuppie neighborhoods.
So "we're" all comfortable in our cocoons, and no one's asking WHERE WERE THE POLICE and where are the police today? Except that reporter on the local Fox affiliate. (For any more days will this be a story?)
Meanwhile the corporate media imposed on us is in a mood to ignore reality and celebrate. We're being hyped to put the $20 billion Olympics tab on Chicago's over-drawn charge account. An Olympics that won't improve busted transit or schools, or prevent crime through a stronger police presence in working class and poor neighborhoods.
An Olympics to bail out Mayor Daley's main constituency, the construction industry. Thank gawd he and it got Hyde Parker Obama to go to Copenhagen and save their bid!
Meanwhile, the city overall, its people and their needs can go to hell.
With the police two blocks away sitting on their fat asses.
P!S! -- Read this about Fenger High School and its neighborhood:
Fenger, where last year 6 percent of its students met or exceeded standards on the reading portion of the ISAT [Illinois State Achievement Test]. The same for math.
The PSAE was no better. This year, 6.3 percent for reading and 1.1. percent for math. You read that right. Out of 189 students taking the PSAE in math at Fenger, only two met or exceeded standards. Where's the outrage and trending topics? 99 percent of its students are considered low income. Roseland [Fenger's neighborhood] suffers from high foreclosures and a third of its residents live in poverty, but it can't get stimulus dollars for job training and renovating houses. Yet the Department of Housing and Urban Development is all ears when it comes to helping finance the proposed Olympic Village.