Check out this May 21 story: Santa Monica’s third homicide of 2008
Los Angeles Times, LAPD chief vows to clarify policy on immigrants, April 17
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said Wednesday that the department’s controversial policy on dealing with illegal immigrants was widely misunderstood by the public and some of his own officers, and he would clarify the rule in the next couple of weeks. -Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times, Zine wants to amend LAPD policy on immigrants, April 11
mayorsam.blogspot.com, Jamiel’s Dad talks with Mayor Sam, April 10
KNBC, 19-year-old pleads not guilty in Jamiel Shaw, Jr. homicide case, April 9
Houston Chronicle (AP), Alleged gang member pleads not guilty in slaying, April 9
Los Angeles Times, Explaining Special Order 40 (opinion), April 9
Los Angeles Times, Ask and deport, family urges, April 9
cbs2.com, Shaw’s family proposes law to help curb violence (VIDEO), April 8
FOX News, “Jamiel’s Law” targets illegal immigrant gang members, April 8
MyFoxla.com, Jamiel Shaw’s parents meet with city leaders, April 8
Los Angeles Times, Grieving father feels failed by 18-year plan, April 8
The Daily Collegian (Penn State University) Cities bleed with ‘death by percentages, April 8
FinalCall.com, Fear of a Black-Brown race war in Los Angeles, April 3
Pedro Espinoza mug shot and booking sheet
CNN, Dad faces son’s alleged killer; sees ‘normal’ youngster, March 26
- MyFoxLA, Arraigment postponed in Jamiel Shaw case, March 25
- KABC-TV, Man accused of killing teen heads to court, March 25
- Suspect in Jamiel Shaw Jr. case may be in US illegally, posted 3/22/08
For many, any sense of understanding why someone would kill the teenager is also yet to be found.
And the violence continues.
At FinalCall.com, Charlene Muhammad writes a thought-provoking commentary beneath the headline, Gang shootings stun Los Angeles: Football hero slain, nine others injured as violence surges in the city.
Muhammad’s column is a worthwhile read.
Not all of the LA-area murders making headlines appear to be gang-related. The motive behind the killing of 21-year-old Juliana Redding in Santa Monica has yet to be reported. If police know it, they’re keeping that between themselves and the killer.
The familiar circumstances leading-up to Redding’s death can present pitfalls for any journalist charged with reporting the story. Framing it within the predictable, “like so many, she came to SoCal to pursue a dream that ended tragically,” is not just cliché. It seems to dehumanize a very human loss.
Many people in Redding’s hometown of Tucson feel that loss. But the young woman’s story didn’t lead last night’s newscasts.
Sadly, in Tucson, a missing retired schoolteacher was found dead in her car this week. 66-year-old Gayle Katherine Patrick had been shot ( Breaking News: arrest in Patrick case).
Patrick is one of three elderly Tucson-area women who’ve gone missing in recent months. The two others have yet to be found.
By my count, there have been at least 20 murders in Tucson this year. The death of a cab driver named Tim Royce is just one of the other killings that have already made news in March.
And late Tuesday night in Tucson, a man was killed after he was thrown from a car.
Tucson police say nearly 40-percent of the city’s 2008 murders are gang-related.
LA’s hardly alone in its struggle with violent crime.