Baltimore Maryland Delegate Wants Governor To Send In State Police To Control “Roving Mobs Of Black Youths” And Declare Inner Harbor A “No-Travel Zone” Until Safety Can Be Guaranteed

May 17, 2012

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – A Baltimore County delegate said Wednesday that the governor should send in the Maryland State Police to control “roving mobs of black youths” at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, prompting a colleague to label the message “race-baiting.”

Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Republican whose district includes part of Harford County, distributed a news release with the headline: “Black Youth Mobs Terrorize Baltimore on Holidays.” In it, McDonough said he had sent a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley urging him to use the state police to help prevent attacks and to declare the Inner Harbor area a “no-travel zone” until safety can be guaranteed.

McDonough’s message, which came on the last day of a General Assembly special session, offended some colleagues who thought it gratuitously highlighted the issue of race.

“It’s a throwback to the ’50s and ’60s, and it’s obviously race-baiting,” said Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., a Baltimore Democrat who offered to take McDonough on a guided tour of the Inner Harbor on a weekend night.

McDonough, a radio talk-show host, is best known in the legislature for his relentless and sometimes confrontational efforts to crack down on illegal immigration in Maryland.

“I’m not surprised at this inappropriate behavior,” said Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, a Montgomery County Democrat. She said that in her 10 years in the legislature, she hadn’t seen such a racially tinged statement released by a colleague.

McDonough refused to back down, saying he had heard from police that the crowds involved in several recent incidents were all black. Failing to mention the race of the participants, he said, would be “political correctness on steroids.”

McDonough said his statement was prompted by several recent problems, including a St. Patrick’s Day disturbance and a recent incident in which he and his wife witnessed a fight involving about 100 youths at Pratt and Calvert streets.

The lawmaker said that his statement has brought attention from out-of-town news media and that he planned to give national television interviews warning visitors against traveling to the Inner Harbor. “A no-travel zone is an action that needs to be taken to protect lives,” he said.

O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, dismissed McDonough’s suggestions, saying Baltimore had cut its crime rate more than any American city of comparable size.

“Delegate McDonough should come and visit some time,” the governor said. “He might enjoy it.”

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Chicago Illinois Police Piss Away Taxpayer Dollars Investigating Upcoming City Vehicle Sticker For “Gang Signs”

February 8, 2012

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Chicago’s city clerk on Tuesday said she would mull over what to do about the upcoming vehicle sticker design that purportedly contains symbolism tied to the Maniac Latin Disciples.

“My office is investigating the facts and will look further into the allegations before I determine what action to take regarding the 2012 – 2013 city sticker design,” said Susana Mendoza.

More than 18,000 people voted for the 2012-2013 design, which pays homage to police officers, paramedics and firefighters, and features the Chicago skyline, the city flag and a series of outstretched hands.

But within those outstretched hands are gestures that police sources and police blogs say resemble the hand signs often flashed by Maniac Latin Disciples, along with other iconography, including a heart and pitchforks.

“I am concerned about the recent developments regarding the city vehicle sticker design,” Mendoza said in a written statement. “… the artwork on Chicago’s city stickers should not be controversial. In a design that is meant to honor the city’s first responders, I am very sensitive to this issue. I grew up in a neighborhood filled with crime and gang violence and I come from a law enforcement family.”

The Chicago Police Department late Tuesday evening said the “matter has been brought to our attention” and is being investigated.
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The upcoming design is the first sticker approved by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.

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Law Enforcement Officials And Witnesses Drop Like Flys Amid Investigation Into Mexican Massacre Of 72 Migrants

September 8, 2010

MEXICO CITY — The criminal gang behind the slaying of 72 migrants late last month is suspected of killing those close to the case in an attempt to shut down further investigation.

Officials said late Tuesday that they thought two bodies recovered earlier in the week are of a prosecutor and a local investigator looking into the massacre, which was discovered on Aug. 24.

The bodies contained ID cards identifying them as state prosecutor Roberto Jaime Suarez Vazquez and Juan Carlos Suarez Sanchez, a local security official. Both had been assigned to probe the massacre, the attorney general’s office of Tamaulipas state said in a statement. Officials are conducting DNA tests to confirm the identities.

They’re the latest, but not the only, people slain in the aftermath of the killings of the 58 men and 14 women, whose bound bodies were found slumped against a wall at a remote ranch in San Fernando, near the Texas border.

Also this week, police discovered the bodies of three of the alleged gunmen who carried out the massacre, a sign that the criminal gang behind the migrant abduction and murders may be systematically eliminating those who carried out the massacre and might be potential witnesses.

Alejandro Poire, a spokesman for President Felipe Calderon on security issues, said an anonymous caller helped authorities find the three bodies on a road in Abasola, a town in northeast Tamaulipas state, and were later identified by a survivor as among the gunmen in the massacre.

Poire said Wednesday that Mexican marines had arrested seven more members of the Los Zetas drug and crime syndicate in Tamaulipas thought to have been involved in the migrant killings. “These arrests will plainly help clarify what happened in San Fernando,” he said.

The slayings of the 72 migrants – who arrived from Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – drew diplomatic protests from around the hemisphere, and the fallout continues.

El Salvador President Mauricio Funes is scheduled to arrive in Mexico City on Friday for discussions about organized crime and the safety of migrants who cross Mexico on their way to the United States.

Word of the massacre first emerged after an Ecuadorean migrant who’d been shot through the neck walked through the night and notified Mexican marines. Since then, Honduras has confirmed that one of its citizens survived the massacre and is under the protection of Mexican authorities. El Salvador said a migrant from that country also survived and is in hiding in the United States.

“The scale of the massacre is without precedent, although the kidnapping and killing of migrants happens frequently,” said Rupert Knox, a London-based researcher on Mexico for Amnesty International.

Knox called on Mexico’s national human rights commission to review the investigation by the State Attorney’s Office to ensure that links between corrupt authorities and criminal gangs that extort migrants are fully investigated.

The 18-year-old Ecuadorean migrant who survived the slayings later told a television network that the gunmen said they were from Los Zetas, a notoriously violent drug and crime syndicate. The other confirmed survivors haven’t spoken publicly.

“There’s an awful lot that’s not known” about the case, Knox said, referring to who in the criminal gang structure gave orders to slay the migrants. He added that the discovery of the three bodies of the alleged gunmen shouldn’t preclude deeper investigation.

“We hope that that doesn’t result in closure of the case,” he said.

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