Monday, August 04, 2008

Anarchy in Los Angeles/Warning to Arkansas

Excerpts from following article: Comments at end of email.

Graffiti vandals turn violent in LA
"LOS ANGELES (AP) - One man got stabbed. Another got shot in the chest. A 6-year-old boy was temporarily blinded when he was spray-painted in the face...

Over the past 2 1/2 years in Southern California, three people have been killed after trying to stop graffiti vandals in the act. A fourth died after being shot while watching a confrontation between crews in a park.

"We have seen a marked increase in these graffiti-tagging gangs taking to weapons and fighting to protect their walls, their territory, their name," said Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Robert Rifkin.

Los Angeles County has battled graffiti for decades, spending $30 million a year to paint over or clean up the emblems, names and other images spray-painted on stores, concrete-lined riverbeds, rail lines, phone booths, buses, even police cars...

"If we see someone calling the police, then we target them," said Mario Garcia, 20, who describes himself as a former tagger trying to become a professional artist. "You are trying to stop me from what I live, what I believe in and what I breathe? We are not going to let no one get in the way." ...

Police tell residents to resist the urge to confront graffiti crews.

"It's not worth the risk," Rifkin said. "Take a deep breath, back off and call law enforcement." ..

In an attack last month, two youths spray-painted the face and body of the 6-year-old boy who spotted them scribbling gang signs on a wall near Compton. The boy recovered from chemical burns to his eyes.

On the same day, a 51-year-old auto mechanic was shot in the chest in Los Angeles when he confronted two suspected gang members painting the wall of his shop.

Another man, Michael Lartundo, 26, was stabbed in the hand and arm after yelling at a group of graffiti vandals scrawling on a wall in March behind his brother's house in suburban Whittier.

The most recent attack occurred July 15, when a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed after rival graffiti crews converged on a Los Angeles park for a fight. The victim was in a crowd of onlookers.

Last August, Maria Hicks, 58, was shot in the head and died after flashing her headlights and honking at a teenager spray-painting a wall near her home in Pico Rivera, a blue-collar suburb east of Los Angeles. Four people have been charged with murder.

Ten days after Hicks died, Seutatia Tausili, 65, was fatally shot and her grandson wounded when he told taggers to stop vandalizing a trash can outside their home in Hesperia in San Bernardino County. Three men were charged with murder.

Robert Whitehead was shot to death in 2006 in the Los Angeles County area of Valinda when he tried to keep taggers from marking a neighbor's garage. Investigators arrested one man with alleged ties to the Mexican Mafia, a prison gang."

The following comments on this original post sum up what many of us fear for Arkansas and our nation.

"Hello? Anarchy calling. Los Angeles soon to become Tijuana.....

If you live in Southern California like I do you know that there are more areas that you can not go through than areas that you can go through due to the threat of possible violence. Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, East LA…the list goes on of whole cities that, unless your a latino, you shouldn’t feel safe in. No need for immigration control you say? We’re giving this state back to Mexico one city at a time. Vote for a Democrat so we can speed up the process….

This is what happens when you allow a foreign culture to invade." (Other comments on the original article from which these excerpts were takenc can be found at this link where you can read the entire article.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We’re giving this state back to Mexico one city at a time. Vote for a Democrat so we can speed up the process…


Last I checked, Juan McCain, co-author of last year's amnesty bill, is a Republican.

8:08 AM, August 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe McCain told the public several times that he had heard the people on this issue, and we know what hearing the people meant.

12:26 PM, August 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, he heard the people- the illegal aliens, that is.

Much ado has been made of Husein Obama's trip to Germany, but no one said a peep about McCain's 4th of July visit to Mexico where he once again promised amnesty.

Face it, we're being sold out by both parties.

3:02 PM, August 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got that right!

11:28 AM, August 06, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I realize I am not much, but I did mention McCain's trip at this site.

11:19 AM, August 07, 2008  

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