Rochester’s police chief penned an editorial in the Democrat and Chronicle asking the community to “own” the violence problem. James Sheppard questioned why 2,000 Rochesterians marched for Trayvon Martin, but a similar sense of outrage is not on display with black on black crime:
…our greatest challenge is that some people in this city see law enforcement as the only ones who “own” the violence problem.
The majority of our homicide victims are young black men, shot to death in black neighborhoods.
When homicides involve black-on-black violence, it seems no one cares enough to get involved, except the family members and the police.
…2,000 people marched in downtown Rochester to protest (Trayvon Martin’s) death. While in our city numerous young black males are shot without a peep of concern or indignation
Public safety is not a spectator sport…
The Buffalo News recently did a great article on the terrible toll of the “don’t snitch” mentality. Some people genuinely distrust police and are so steeped in street culture, they won’t tell police what they know about homicides. But other people are reasonably scared of retribution.
I’m not so sure it’s fair to indict an entire community for a perceived lack of outrage. Plenty of people are angry and we’ve seen countless marches and rallies for peace. People want their corners cleared of drug dealers and troublemakers. But there’s no easy fix to the problems of guns, drugs and poverty that breeds violence.
Links of the Day:
- Onondaga County has the highest rate in the state of babies born addicted to painkillers. It’s more than double Monroe County’s rate.
- After the deadly Colgan Air crash outside Buffalo a few years ago, regional low-cost airline Pinnacle came under heavy fire. Now there are even cheaper airlines putting Pinnacle out of business. Those airlines raise similar safety issues.
- “Let them eat concession-stand pizza.” A Buffalo News columnist eviscerates the Bills for their blackout decision.
- The fate of the Western New York Flash is still uncertain. Professional women’s soccer will likely continue to struggle, even if the U.S. women win the gold in London.