Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Takin Care Of Business


Jose Carrasquillo, 26, is currently in stable condition after the videotaped beating by about a dozen West Kensington residents, according to police.

Seems Jose is a person of interest in the rape of an 11 year old girl on her way to school. The girl had just dropped off a sibling at day care and was walking to school Monday when a man approached her, investigators said. He started to walk with her, threatened her and said he had a gun. He took her to a nearby backyard and raped her repeatedly.

Young Mr. Carrasquillo is now under arrest on a unrelated warrent. Information was released, by the Philadelphia police, that Jose was a person of interest in the rape. The upstanding Mr. Carrasquillo has had 17 prior arrests, so was this an example of communities taking care of their own when no one else would? SEVENTEEN prior arrests and this scum was loose on the streets.

Now we have a situation in our little fly-over town of a teen suspected of killing a young man. The young man, Ahmed Nur Ali, was a mentor to young people in his neighborhood. Ahmed Nur Ali was a 20-year-old political science major. A TWENTY year old with an amazing, bright future. Do you know why he was killed? Because he wouldn't allow some teens, one of which was our young teen in question, play basketball. That young teen, Ramadan Abdi Shiekh Osman, has been released from jail because several witnesses recanted their statements. Hmmm
What it looks like from the outside, is this community has taken the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy with the Minneapolis police. Which neighborhood would you feel better living in? One where they look out for each other, or one taking a stance that will surely allow, if not promote, criminal behavior?
I never thought I would be saying "I'ld rather be in Philly".

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