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Another one bites the dust in Compton; murders piling up

Compton School Board president: ‘Stop turning a blind eye to [murders]; your innocent loved one[s]’ could be next We bemoan those in our urban communities who have fallen to wanton police abuse; lives snuffed out by

Compton School Board president: ‘Stop turning a blind eye to [murders]; your innocent loved one[s]’ could be next

We bemoan those in our urban communities who have fallen to wanton police abuse; lives snuffed out by overzealous, hateful cops. But we whisper about the wanton murders in our communities perpetrated by someone with black skin. In Compton, yet another has bitten the dust and will soon be buried six feet under. The parents of Branden Davis led yet another march in Compton decrying the latest

The parents of Branden Davis led yet another march in Compton decrying the latest cold-blooded killing and pleading for someone to come forward with information that might lead to the slayer of the 21-year-old cut down outside his home.

Branden was taking out the trash Monday night when neighbors and his mother heard several gunshots. His mother said she “heard him screaming, ‘help me, mommy! Help me!’”

When she went outside to investigate, Branden was lying on his stomach with “a big blood stain on his back.”

For the 23rd time this year, a local resident has died violently in a shooting committed by a monster who could very well live just a couple doors from them, across the street, or down the block; monsters who have no regard for Black Lives.

Yet people honor the code of the street and allow the denizens to kill with impunity, probably because they are just simply afraid. But when will someone gain the courage to stand up? Will it be when the grim reaper comes knocking at their door?

Sheriff’s investigators say Branden was not involved in any gangs, based on what his mother told them. But that’s beside the point. The war must cease. Killers must be identified, taken off the street, and brought to justice to reap for their deeds.

Compton School Board President Satra Zurita sounded the cry that must now resonate throughout Compton  — “This senseless violence must stop! Everyone is focused on law enforcement [but] you need to focus on your neighbors, family members, friends, that banger on the corner and your friend’s kid that you know is ‘A Menace To Society!’ Stop turning a blind eye to murderers! Don’t Snitch… REPORT! Your innocent loved one may be next!”

Those with information wishing to remain anonymous, should call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS!

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

3 COMMENTS
  • John C. Plantada August 9, 2016

    There is a lot going on that is wrong in our community that has become status quo, from littering to the erosion of the nuclear family to all kinds of crime. When the fabric of a civilized society is torn asunder, it deteriorates. And it’s everybody’s responsibility. Don’t blame cops or government; blame ourselves for allowing our society to devolve into its present state. When we take responsibility for our own families and what members of that family do, then things will begin to change.

  • Concern Citizen August 8, 2016

    We need a city managers that is not going to be manipulated by the mayor or council members. The City Charter needs to be amended to allowed the residents to vote the city manager in or out. This is why the city is in rumbles. We paid all city employees and elected offices very well check “transparent California web site. How many suspects who have mureder Compton residents have been caught and prosecuted? Since 2011 to 2016.i feel sad for the family that list their son I blame city officials for sitting idle. They do their dog and pony show each time and quickly resume their routines. People are tire and don’t believe in government anymore it doesn’t work for all only the rich.

  • Mr wright August 8, 2016

    when you have a police agency that look at your city as a money bag and only as a job and not really wanting to be apart of the community, only in just words, you will never get anything solved. because our people dont trust who they dont know only know of. and they dont trust in reporting the crime because most of the cops that they dont trust will go back and yell out loud he did you call us and say lil pookie did the shooting. or hey lil pookie your neighbor down the way told us you did this. our school police officer most live in our city and or have family that do. so they are vested in its safety even more so than a contract dept. just my opinion.

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