Saturday, June 24, 2017

Slow Saturday Special: Caught Black-Handed

"Alleged tagger arrested by Boston police with paint can in hand" by John R. Ellement Globe Staff  June 23, 2017

Sometimes policing does not involve a great deal of detective work, and one such case took place early Thursday in Brighton, where Boston police were keeping an eye open for taggers who have recently taken to defacing neighborhood buildings.

Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, officers walking in the 1200 block of Commonwealth Avenue came across a man standing next to what was once the unremarkable wall of the Five Guys restaurant. The man, later identified as 27-year-old Jackson Elliott, allegedly had a can of black spray paint in his hand, police said.

On the wall was fresh graffiti in black spray paint, police said....


Who knew he was illiterate?


"A Weymouth man was shot twice in the legs early Friday while sitting in his car on the Southern Artery, a shooting that Quincy police do not believe was a random incident. Detectives discovered suspected drugs and a sum of cash inside the car after the victim was removed by ambulance crews....."

The clues would seem to lead to organized crime of some kind.

"These pictures blow up on social media because they are seen as evidence of how easy it is to overcome stereotypes and bridge racial divides, but instead of exploding ugly stereotypes, these faux-feel-good stories unwittingly trade in them, leveraging our unconscious biases and reinforcing wrong-headed ideas about racial dynamics. Race is easier to talk about when things are black and white, of course. One unabashed racist in the comments on the escalator post put the problem into sharp focus: “That’s a black life [that] matters,” he wrote. “Those that are rioting, tearing down and destroying ... not so much.”

Is it it just me, or is he not only excusing violence but calling for it? Reading it made me “feel yucky,” and every single life is precious -- although I can understand an organ of Zioni$t $upremaci$m not seeing it that way.

With black hands also comes a black heart.