Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Police take cover from shooter in Taft

Peoria police officers believe a round from a rifle may have been fired in their direction early Wednesday as they investigated an earlier call for gunfire in the area of Taft Homes.

Officers were called at 1:56 a.m. Wednesday to the 700 block of Northeast Adams Street after a resident in the area heard a single shot fired outside one of the Taft Homes apartment complexes.

Four officers were in the area near Wayne Street, the northern boundary of Taft Homes, when another shot exploded in close proximity to the police. The shot was so close, police took cover, then approached the courtyard where the gunfire was believed to have originated.

No one was found, and no shell casings were discovered, though a report noted that the shot sounded like it came from a rifle. It may have been fired out of an apartment window, though it ultimately was unclear whether police officers were the intended targets. Source

Sunday, July 18, 2010

17th homicide, second day of new crime initiative

Anthony M. Johnson, 43, of 906 E. Nebraska Ave. was pronounced dead at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at 10:37 a.m. He is the city’s 17th homicide victim of the year. Johnson was standing outside a house at 1215 N. Frink St. about 10 a.m. Sunday when he was shot multiple times, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said.

Also shot were his stepson Justin Stanley, 27, and sister-in-law Angela Johnson, 30. Ingersoll said initial reports she received stated their wounds were not considered life threatening.

Two men believed to have been the shooters were arrested near Lincoln Middle School after leading police on a high-speed chase and crashing their car. Source

Hat Tip to Jenny (posted to the pjstar at 2:20 p.m.)

UPDATE: There are also now confirmed reports of a shooting on Columbia Terrace around 3:45 a.m. in the morning; and another man shot in the 500 block of East Gift street about an hour and a half before that. Police say both men suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Peoria's Stop-and-Frisk Neighborhoods

I am not sure what to think.

I know I want the shooting and killing to stop. But if I truly want them to stop, do I still have the right to speculate that the new crime initiative put forth by local law enforcement may violate the rights of a certain segment of our community - my community?

Is this really the only way...

I sit here not knowing, but hopeful, that somebody is making sure that the rights of black folks in this City will not be violated. But by the same token, I realize that our rights are already being violated by gangs. I am conflicted.

Are we going to give the PPD slack? Perhaps a comment from the local NAACP, or the African American Leadership Alliance as to what they think about the new initiative could put my mind to rest. Do they support it; are they concerned about the abuse of it; do they have any advice that they will offer publicly so that we have an idea how to deal with the issues surrounding random stops; or are we to just stay off the street, in an effort to avoid them?

In the current climate of black-on-black crime, do I dare ask for clarity on exactly why the police now have the power to randomly stop me, my husband, brothers, nephews and cousins? Many of us live in the impacted areas of crime. AND aren't black folks in this city already being stopped at disproportantely high rates?

First District Councilman Gulley is now calling for a full curfew after 10:00 p.m. Again, I am looking for clarity, will this just be for black folks and the neighborhoods that majority black folks live in, or will this be for all of Peoria?

Is it really fair that because I am black and there is a problem with black-on-black crime, that I am expected to go happily, without question and forfeit my rights to move about this community - my community freely?