Another shooting in New Bedford in excess of the weekend and Mayor Jon Mitchell’s reliability on crime data is sinking more quickly than Joe Biden’s poll figures.
The shooting in close proximity to State Street on Friday was the second capturing incident in six days. There was a taking pictures a week ago Saturday in wide daylight for the duration of a basketball tournament at Monte Park. Never fail to remember the murder of an 18-year-previous at Clasky Popular Park before final week – and those are just the kinds we know about.
A close friend who lives close to the downtown says he hears what sounds like gunshots late at evening on a pretty normal basis.
It wasn’t prolonged ago that Mayor Jon Mitchell sat in my studio and explained, “New Bedford isn’t going to have a gang problem. There are gang wannabes.” I guess they must be the equal of Barack Obama’s ISIS JV group. Regardless of whether they are wannabes or total-fledged gang associates, they have weapons and are perilous. Convey to the individuals sent scrambling for basic safety through the hoops tourney that the shooter was only a gang wannabe. I am guaranteed that presents consolation.
By the way, soon right after Mitchell’s “gang wannabes” comment, U.S. Lawyer Basic Andrew Lelling executed a significant raid on the Latin Kings avenue gang in New Bedford.
Mayor Mitchell and his previous law enforcement main Joseph Cordeiro experienced the gall to stand right before the cameras and convey to us that crime is down drastically and falling each working day, and to their credit rating, of study course. Try to remember, this is the mayor who stopped coming on my radio plan for the reason that he did not want to solution tough thoughts about the criminal offense.
Bear in mind the Brickenwood shooting? Remember the taking pictures on Rockdale Avenue in wide daylight? Sure, crime stats drop when you never notify the men and women about the criminal offense that is transpiring.
Then there was the “hierarchy rule” try to remember that? Listed here is how it operates: when somebody commits multiple offenses in a person incident, the FBI counts only the most serious offense, and the others go absent, as in uncounted. A few rapes and a murder rely as a single violent criminal offense. Consequently the final criminal offense stats for New Bedford are lessen than the true selection of crimes dedicated.
Mayor Mitchell’s administration has misplaced all trustworthiness on the concern of crime. It might enable if he had been to end playing the people today for fools and acknowledge that the criminal offense difficulty is practically as massive as his ego. Only then may possibly we begin to make development.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Present on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be read weekdays from midday to 3 p.m. Speak to him at [email protected] and observe him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The views expressed in this commentary are only all those of the author.
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