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Challenge to LA media: Rule “it” out

COMMENTARY

Pardon me as I peek out from the blogosphere with hopes of capturing the eye of a reporter in LA.

Not trying to tell you how to do your job. I respect what you do.

And I’m 500 miles from your turf and don’t have the connections you do.

Maybe I’ve even got this story all wrong.

But like the kids say, I’m just sayin’…

First, let me share that I hope the word “challenge” in the headline above is misused…that the point it’s aimed at is already moot.

And that court reporters at the LA Times, local TV stations and elsewhere in the City of Angels have already rolled-up their sleeves, pounded the pavement and ruled-out a claim made within a sensitive, important debate.

The claim/contention/argument goes something like this: Even had the proposed “Jamiel’s Law” already been in effect when this year began, it would not have kept a young man alive because his accused killer’s prior arrest did not occur in Los Angeles.

Okay, maybe.

Admittedly, I’m looking through a thin crack in the door. But it’s what’s on the other side that could be important.

Please bear with me as I list some letters and digits that may seem benign:

CC641572

CC620943

CC647242

CC643683

CC512802

All of these numbers are tied to the same name; Pedro Espinoza.

And the same date of birth; March 4, 1987.

These are all criminal case numbers.

All of the files originate out of the municipal court of California’s Santa Clara County Judicial District.

These criminal case numbers establish that Pedro Espinoza has a history of arrests.

Not in Los Angeles County. But up in the Bay Area in Santa Clara County.

Time for another number.

1049076

It’s the number on the booking sheet regarding Espinoza’s arrest last November.

In Culver City.

Not in LA.

But, as you know, Culver City is in Los Angeles County.

And now, Espinoza’s most recent run-in with the law is a charge that has captured national headlines.

The murder of Jamiel Shaw II.

The victim, a high school football star, apparently didn’t know his killer. Gunned down without provocation.

Singled-out, we’re told, because he was black. And murdered after failing to answer a question correctly.

Where you from?

Street code for, “What gang are you with?”

As her son collapsed to the ground still holding his cell phone but already releasing his final breaths, Anita Shaw was fighting in Iraq.

Soon, we learned the suspect, Espinoza, came to this country illegally.

15 years ago.

When he was 4.

Just 28 hours before Shaw’s murder, Espinoza had been released from a Los Angeles County jail.

Critics asked, Why hadn’t Espinoza been deported after his arrest last November?

Shaw’s parents soon advocated the proposed “Jamiel’s Law.”

It would allow LAPD to ask suspects about their immigration status.

Right now, a policy called “Special Order 40” prohibits LAPD from doing so.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Instituted in 1979 by then-Chief Daryl F. Gates, Special Order 40 states that Los Angeles Police Department “officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.” The order was meant to send a message to immigrants who had been victimized or had witnessed crimes that they could cooperate with police without fear of deportation. The rule has long been controversial and confusing, with many people — including some LAPD officers — believing it prohibits police from ever inquiring about the immigration status of suspects. Immigration rights groups hail Special Order 40 as an example of progressive policing, but the rule has come under attack from others, including anti-illegal immigration activists, who have sued to kill the order.

Suddenly, Shaw’s murder is entwined in volatile debates concerning illegal immigration.

Of course, everyone seems to agree that Shaw’s murder is a travesty.

But opponents of Jamiel’s Law feel it would be more harmful than good; to include “more racial profiling.”

And some critics of Jamiel’s Law correctly make the distinction that it was not the LAPD that arrested Espinoza last November.

As mentioned above, that arrest went down over in Culver City.

Thus the contention that–even had LA put it into effect prior to Shaw’s murder–Jamiel’s Law wouldn’t have kept a young man alive.

So here’s my humble challenge to any reporter who just might be reading this in LA:

Confirm as best you can that LAPD had no prior contact with Espinoza. Affirm that–had there been a Jamiel’s Law in the past–no opportunity would have ever existed for LAPD to determine Espinoza’s immigration status.

Why?

Because claims on either of this very important debate must be investigated.

Especially a claim affecting the possible preservation of an innocent person’s life.

You already know the suspect is a member of the 18th Street Gang.

And that the city is taking the gang problem “seriously.”

And that police departments have Gang Units that often keep files; to include photos and information about identifying markers such as tattoos and scars found on alleged gang members.

You know about the Freedom of Information Act.

So, rule-out any whisper of a notion that the LAPD had any prior contact with Espinoza.

Oh, and in case you have ways of getting information out of juvenile courts or juvenile detention centers, you might want to look there, too.

You know the words to look for. Headings like “Arresting Agency.”

Stuff like that.

As mentioned above, Espinoza reportedly came to the US shortly after getting out of diapers.

Long enough ago that he’s had time to establish a criminal history in Santa Clara County.

Gang bangers don’t respect county lines.

After all, where was Shaw killed?

In your city of angels.

Arrested by LAPD.

This was their first run-in with Espinoza?

Please confirm.

Then let the debates move forward.

I’ll dip back down into the blogosphere.

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Jamiel Shaw Jr.’s accused killer may be in US illegally

Updates:

  1. Right on cue, today’s development in the Jamiel Shaw Jr. case has just appeared on the FOX News Web site.
  2. Associated Press article addresses important questions raised (below) in this post
  3. Los Angeles Times, Man accused in teen’s slaying is in U.S. illegally, March 23:

An alleged gang member accused of killing a 17-year-old high school student just one day after being released from jail has been living in the country illegally, possibly for more than a decade, federal immigration authorities said Saturday. -Los Angeles Times

4. KABC-TV, Man accused of killing teen heads to court, March 25

5. MyFoxLA, Arraigment postponed in Jamiel Shaw case, March 25

6. Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas), “A horrible waste,” March 25

Jamiel Shaw Jr., a teenager on the verge of living out an American dream, was gunned down by someone who authorities believe had no business still living in America. -Times Record News

7. CNN, Dad faces son’s alleged killer; sees ‘normal’ youngster, March 26

Murder suspect Pedro Espinoza

8. Daily News (Los Angeles), Barbarians are within the gate, March 30:

The latest atrocity was the slaughter of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr., a star footballer who caught the eye of top college recruiters. Tragically, he also caught the eye of an illegal-alien gangbanger who gunned him down while Jamiel’s mother served in Iraq.

You can’t make this up. The irony of fighting a war against terrorism half a world away while a generation of Angelenos is shot to pieces by local terrorists, while your own son is cut down at home…. Wow.

9. Pedro Espinoza mug shot and booking sheet

10. Bill O’Reilly:

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11. mayorsam.blogspot.com, Family of Jamiel Shaw to voice support for “Jamiel’s Law” on Doug McIntyre tomorrow morning (posted April 1) *note: Doug McIntyre is a radio host on KABC (Los Angeles). You can listen to his program here.

12. Independent Weekly (North Carolina), For Eve and Jamiel, and everyone else (commentary), April 2

13. FinalCall.com, Fear of a Black-Brown race war in Los Angeles, April 3

14. Los Angeles Times, Grieving father feels failed by 18-year plan, April 8

15. The Daily Collegian (Penn State University) Cities bleed with ‘death by percentages, April 8

16. JamielsLaw.com
17. FOX News, “Jamiel’s Law” targets illegal immigrant gang members, April 8
18. MyFoxla.com, Jamiel Shaw’s parents meet with city leaders, April 8
19. cbs2.com, Shaw’s family proposes law to help curb violence (VIDEO), April 8
20. Los Angeles Times, Explaining Special Order 40 (opinion), April 9
21. Los Angeles Times, Ask and deport, family urges, April 9
22. Houston Chronicle (AP), Alleged gang member pleads not guilty in slaying, April 9
23. KNBC, 19-year-old pleads not guilty in Jamiel Shaw, Jr. homicide case, April 9
24. mayorsam.blogspot.com, Jamiel’s Dad talks with Mayor Sam, April 10
25. Los Angeles Times, Zine wants to amend LAPD policy on immigrants, April 11
26. 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

***

In a development that will no doubt further intensify debate regarding illegal immigration, reports coming out of Los Angeles the past hour maintain that the suspect charged with murdering Jamiel Shaw Jr. may be an illegal immigrant.

19-year-old Pedro Espinoza is charged with the March 2 murder.

KABC-TV is reporting that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has filed an immigration hold against Espinoza. The TV station attributes the information to ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice.

17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr. was murdered while his mother served her country in Iraq. Police say the suspect killed the popular student athlete without any provocation. According to the LAPD Web site, charges include a special enhancement because Espinoza was allegedly “an active participant in a criminal street gang and the murder was carried out to further the activities of the criminal street gang.”

The enhanced charge makes this a potential death penalty case.

Espinoza had been released from jail just 28 hours prior to Shaw’s murder. It’s a fact that seems more important than ever now.

For if Espinoza is in the US illegally, should the jail, state or prior arresting agency have realized it? And, if so, what would have been the appropriate course of action?

Lawyers might be lining up to represent the Shaw family now.

In light of today’s development regarding Espinoza’s immigration status, don’t be surprised if this case finally finds the glare of the national media’s spotlight.

Lou Dobbs, perhaps? Maybe Bill O’Reilly?

***

Effort to help Jamiel Shaw Jr.’s parents

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From Tucson to LA, the toll of violence on hometown streets

Updates:

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

JamielsLaw.com

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

Murder suspect Pedro Espinoza
  • MyFoxLA, Arraigment postponed in Jamiel Shaw case, March 25
  • KABC-TV, Man accused of killing teen heads to court, March 25
***

It’s been 18 days since Jamiel Shaw Jr. was shot and killed in Los Angeles. One suspect’s in custody. Another is on the loose.

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.

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Jamiel Shaw Jr. follow-up…

Updates

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

  • KNBC, 19-year-old pleads not guilty in Jamiel Shaw, Jr. homicide case, 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
  • 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
  • Independent Weekly (North Carolina), For Eve and Jamiel, and everyone else (commentary), April 2
  • mayorsam.blogspot.com, Family of Jamiel Shaw to voice support for “Jamiel’s Law” on Doug McIntyre tomorrow morning (posted April 1) *note: Doug McIntyre is a radio host on KABC (Los Angeles). You can listen to his program here.
  • Pedro Espinoza mug shot and booking sheet
  • Daily News (Los Angeles), Barbarians are within the gate, March 30:

    The latest atrocity was the slaughter of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr., a star footballer who caught the eye of top college recruiters. Tragically, he also caught the eye of an illegal-alien gangbanger who gunned him down while Jamiel’s mother served in Iraq.

    You can’t make this up. The irony of fighting a war against terrorism half a world away while a generation of Angelenos is shot to pieces by local terrorists, while your own son is cut down at home…. Wow.

  • CNN, Dad faces son’s alleged killer; sees ‘normal’ youngster, March 26
    Murder suspect Pedro Espinoza
  • Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas), “A horrible waste,” March 25

    Jamiel Shaw Jr., a teenager on the verge of living out an American dream, was gunned down by someone who authorities believe had no business still living in America. -Times Record News

  • MyFoxLA, Arraigment postponed in Jamiel Shaw case, March 25
  • KABC-TV, Man accused of killing teen heads to court, March 25
***

If the number of visitors finding this blog after entering “Jamiel Shaw Jr.” into their favorite search engine is any indication, there is a sustained–if not growing–interest in the case of the well-liked teenager.

Having read some of your comments about a perceived lack of national news coverage on this story, the increase in traffic to this site should be encouraging as this story is reaching–and touching–people here and in new content emerging elsewhere on the Web.

I’m writing to let you know this blog hasn’t forgotten about Jamiel Shaw Jr. I continue to search for updates and will post any relevant new information here when I find it.

Although there doesn’t appear to have been any significant development since the arrest of 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza, I can pass along a bit of information that might be new to you.

First off, since its first mention of Espinoza’s arrest, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Web site has published an expanded account of this case.

Secondly, because I’ve yet to see a booking photo or “mug shot” of Espinoza in any media reports, I contacted a representative of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section today. I was told that LAPD doesn’t commonly release mug shots. Exceptions, I was told, include court orders and efforts to locate people no longer in custody.

More on mug shots in a future post…

Certainly it bears mentioning here that police are looking for a second suspect. Anyone with any information about this case can call:

  • Wilshire Area Homicide Detectives: (213) 473-0446
  • Toll free number for off-hours and weekends: 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855)

As previously reported, Espinoza was released from jail just 28-hours prior to the murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr. According to a March 12, 2008 article about the arrest in the Los Angeles Times:

“While incarcerated, he (Espinoza) was sentenced Jan. 22 to 180 days in jail with credit for time served, records show.”

According to the LA Times, Espinoza had been in jail since November 18, 2007, serving time for exhibiting a firearm and resisting arrest.

On March 11, less than an hour after the story appeared on the Internet that Espinoza had been arrested for the murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr., I searched the Los Angeles Superior Court Web site’s data base for “Pedro Espinoza.”

Not surprisingly, the fairly common name yielded a lengthy list of cases. Because results from the court’s Web site don’t include dates of birth or other personal identifiers (outside of a case number), it was not possible to determine from these results alone which–if any–results were for the same Pedro Espinoza arrested in the Shaw case.

However, given the convictions related to Espinoza’s November arrest mentioned in the LA Times article and the mention of the January 22 sentencing date in that same article, I do have one result that appears to be for the same Pedro Espinoza.

pedro_espinoza_record.jpg

According to the LAPD’s Web site, Espinoza is now charged with:

-one count of murder
-one count of using a firearm in the commission of a crime
-one count gang enhancement
-one count of being involved in a street gang murder

The arraignment date for Pedro Espinoza remains March 25.

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Arrest in Jamiel Shaw murder case

New Developments:

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

  • KNBC, 19-year-old pleads not guilty in Jamiel Shaw, Jr. homicide case, 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
  • 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
  • Independent Weekly (North Carolina), For Eve and Jamiel, and everyone else (commentary), April 2
  • mayorsam.blogspot.com, Family of Jamiel Shaw to voice support for “Jamiel’s Law” on Doug McIntyre tomorrow morning (posted April 1) *note: Doug McIntyre is a radio host on KABC (Los Angeles). You can listen to his program here.
  • Daily News (Los Angeles), Barbarians are within the gate, March 30:

    The latest atrocity was the slaughter of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr., a star footballer who caught the eye of top college recruiters. Tragically, he also caught the eye of an illegal-alien gangbanger who gunned him down while Jamiel’s mother served in Iraq.

    You can’t make this up. The irony of fighting a war against terrorism half a world away while a generation of Angelenos is shot to pieces by local terrorists, while your own son is cut down at home…. Wow.

  • CNN, Dad faces son’s alleged killer; sees ‘normal’ youngster, March 26
    Murder suspect Pedro Espinoza
  • Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas), “A horrible waste,” March 25

    Jamiel Shaw Jr., a teenager on the verge of living out an American dream, was gunned down by someone who authorities believe had no business still living in America. -Times Record News

  • MyFoxLA, Arraigment postponed in Jamiel Shaw case, March 25
  • KABC-TV, Man accused of killing teen heads to court, March 25

UPDATES :

Mayor: Suspect “is a member of one of our most notorious gangs.”
Police chief: Espinoza is “a documented 18th Street” gang member released from jail “one day” before the shooting.

KNBC reports arraignment for suspect Pedro Espinoza postponed to March 25.

***

Just as friends and family of Jamiel Shaw Jr. are gathering for the teenager’s funeral, reports out of Los Angeles state that an arrest has been made in the case.

Reports out of Los Angles state that suspect Pedro Espinoza, 19, is believed to be a gang member. KABC quotes a source that claims Espinoza was “an active participant in a criminal street gang and the murder was carried out to further the activities of the criminal street gang.”

The state of California must still determine if this is a death penalty case.

Your thoughts about the Jamiel Shaw Jr. murder investigation are welcome here. Please feel free to comment.

-Los Angeles Times photo gallery of Jamiel Shaw Jr. funeral

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Student gunned down while Mom serves country in Iraq

Recent updates:

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

  • KNBC, 19-year-old pleads not guilty in Jamiel Shaw, Jr. homicide case, 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
  • 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
  • Independent Weekly (North Carolina), For Eve and Jamiel, and everyone else (commentary), April 2
  • mayorsam.blogspot.com, Family of Jamiel Shaw to voice support for “Jamiel’s Law” on Doug McIntyre tomorrow morning (posted April 1) *note: Doug McIntyre is a radio host on KABC (Los Angeles). You can listen to his program here.
  • Pedro Espinoza mug shot and booking sheet
  • Daily News (Los Angeles), Barbarians are within the gate, March 30:

    The latest atrocity was the slaughter of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr., a star footballer who caught the eye of top college recruiters. Tragically, he also caught the eye of an illegal-alien gangbanger who gunned him down while Jamiel’s mother served in Iraq.

    You can’t make this up. The irony of fighting a war against terrorism half a world away while a generation of Angelenos is shot to pieces by local terrorists, while your own son is cut down at home…. Wow.

  • CNN, Dad faces son’s alleged killer; sees ‘normal’ youngster, March 26
    Murder suspect Pedro Espinoza
  • Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas), “A horrible waste,” March 25

    Jamiel Shaw Jr., a teenager on the verge of living out an American dream, was gunned down by someone who authorities believe had no business still living in America. -Times Record News

  • MyFoxLA, Arraigment postponed in Jamiel Shaw case, March 25
  • KABC-TV, Man accused of killing teen heads to court, March 25
***

Odds are you’ve never heard of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr. At least not until this week.

But if you’re a parent, you know something about what the young man represented.

You see, for 17-years Shaw’s parents poured their lives into raising a child that would know the difference between right and wrong. The value of hard work. And how to be successful in life.

Imagine their devastation when they learned someone–allegedly a gangster–simply walked up to their first born and blew him away. Shaw’s mother, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, was informed of her son’s murder while she served her country in Iraq.

Jamiel Shaw Jr. was set to graduate from high school this year. And, oh yeah, he was a helluva football player. Stanford and Rutgers were among the schools pursuing him. Jamiel Shaw Jr. The “football star” angle’s been heavily played-up in media reports ever since Shaw was murdered Sunday as he walked home while speaking with his girlfriend on his cell phone.

But Shaw was more than a football player. He was a son. A strengthening testimony to the love and hard work his parents had invested throughout his short life.

Just as so many of you have done for your children.

That’s why, if you’re a parent, you have an intimate understanding of what Jamiel Shaw Jr. represented: The hope and love we have for our kids. And yes, the worry, too.

Shaw’s parents have already shown great strength. Not only in media interviews. But in a a community gathering aimed at addressing recent violence.

I strongly recommend that you watch an interview with Shaw’s parents conducted by Shephard Smith of FOX News. Hang in there until the very end and you’ll be rewarded with the poignant words of the father, Jamiel Shaw Sr.

Other Links:

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Los Angeles Times

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