Monday, October 29, 2007

October 29

WMAR is reporting that a body was found in the back of a minivan today at the Garden Village Apartments in the 5900 block of Radecke Road.

Police-involved shooting #30 was a youth who allegedly brandished a handgun when stopped by an officer. He's alive and in hospital. Died at Sinai Hospital.

TDR's Liz Farmer goes "Inside the War Room: Baltimore's plan to keep repeat offenders off the streets: is it working?"
(that headline needs a colonic!)

A 35-year-old man was shot in the right leg near Waverly Elementary school; a 17-year-old was shot in the right leg by a passenger in a red Cadillac in the Southwest.

On Saturday an "uncooperative" 18-year-old was shot in the arm on Hollins Street. And plenty of robbery and burglary in the Blotter.

More on the suicide of murder suspect Damon Smith, who threw himself out of a 10th floor window at Mercy Medical Center.

Senator Verna Jones fighting gangs with Christian rap, acronyms.

In the county at Woodlawn High, a catfight led to a 14-year-old girl being pepper-sprayed, and trips to the hospital for 20 students.

The Sun and the Examiner both cover the "die in" story-- which is better?

Stat from the Children's Defense Fund: "Blacks are five times as likely to be incarcerated as white youth for drug offenses."
(Why do they capitalize "Black"?)


ppatin said...

Fighting gangs with christian rap? What a farce. Guess what people, you fight gangs with more cops and harsher prison sentences. Everything else is feel-good BS.

John Galt said...

From the article on Black youth,

However, there are also "soft skills" which troubled Black youth may lack.

"When in court, a Black youth has to be coached how to conduct themselves in front of a judge," [CDF rep] Ruffin said.

When you have grown up hard and on the streets, you have to be mean and vicious to survive. A kid has to learn that is not the way to be in front of a judge, and often times public defenders do not have the time to teach them the right type of communications skills to be effective in a courtroom."

As in, acting out a part ?

Could it be, perhaps, that the higher detention/conviction rate is attributable to the fact that they are mean and vicious, rather than simply Black ?? And... WHAT's WRONG WITH THAT ????

John Galt said...

Police-involved shooting at Labyrinth & Resiterstown Road (by the Plaza). Male shot twice.

burgersub said...

i like how gardenville is "east baltimore" now.

burgersub said...

oh hey wjz now says that kid that the cops shot died.

John Galt said...

Update: Police-involved shooting # 30 is no longer alive.

His mother, who was not present at the scene, contends that he 1) did not have a gun and if he did have one, he was in the process of disarming himself when the officer opened fire.

Repeat: she was not there. At all.

Where does Baltimore find these people? Oh, that's right; they're grown here. Poster-children for birth control.