There's been a lot of talk about immigrant gangs since the Denny's invasion and murder. Notice that we don't refer to the incident as a "tragedy." What happened to Stephanie Anderson was abhorrent and unacceptable in our society. Referring to an invasion and murder as a "tragedy" implies inevitability akin to a natural disaster.
The terrorism and murder at Denny's restaurant was a direct result of the planning and intent of three terrorist thugs with no respect for law or liberty. Their reprehensible acts are the very reason we have... or rather had a death penalty.
This past week we received an email from a neighborhood leader. Kevin Smith, President of the newly formed Juan Tabo Hills Neighborhood association forwarded his letter addressed to the City Council on to us requesting that we publish it as a Letter to the Eye. We are happy to do so as I think Mr. Smith's concerns echo how many feel in our community.
I’m writing you tonight to express my concerns over the latest murder by unchecked criminals roaming our neighborhoods. I have a daughter that works in a restaurant and she was the first thing I thought about when I read the story about these MS13 cretins that murdered that female worker.
The TV series ‘Breaking Bad’, fictionally depicted Albuquerque in a pretty bad light. I’m not so sure about the fiction part anymore.
It seems that we have just buried our heads in the sand in dealing with drug, gangs and have accepted it as just part of our culture. When I see these types driving around in brand new Chrysler 300s and Escalades, in the middle of the afternoon wearing their ball caps backwards, one has to wonder; just what they do for a living. Now be honest, you see what I’m talking about out there.
One must wonder. That’s laughable. EveryONE isn’t wondering one bit. Everyone knows what they do for a living. We all don’t like it, but do we have to accept it. Do the police have to accept it? Seems like it. Albuquerque apparently has become what is known as a "Sanctuary City". Just what is that? In other words we have to leave them alone so they can go about their business (Drug business). I know, that would be profiling, not PC, might get in trouble with the ACLU; bla, bla, bla.
They aren’t harassed, questioned, scrutinized, because they are protected by what is known as a ‘sanctuary’ and they know that politicians have basically castrated the police department, as politics trumps public safety. How much more must this society tolerate? How many loved ones must die needlessly at the hands of gang members because they got in the way of their daily routine of burglary, drug selling, and killing for fun and so on.
My challenge to you; get in front of this. Look into why this is continuing to get worse. Ask any cop that you know how the fight is going out in the streets, and they’ll tell you they’re getting their asses kicked. Not because they are overwhelmed and are weak, it’s because their hands are tied.
It’s a well known fact that they are instructed to lay off suspected illegals. Why. Politics.
I have warned prospective mayoral candidates that this illegal alien, drugs and gangs will be a huge future problem, the likes of what we’ve never seen before, and the next mayor, no matter who it is, will have to take this head on, as it will be the number one issue until it is eradicated. They’re here and they’re killing citizens of this city. Loved ones of someone, God forbid your loved ones.
It's time to say E-N-O-U-G-H. Not one person makes the laws, not one mayor makes the decisions for all of us. You were elected to change policies, make the city a better place to live. I think you all took an oath to uphold those principals, did you not?
The Albuquerque Police Department, regardless of their shortcomings from time to time is the best trained and most dedicated police force and we’re damn lucky they have our back. However, they can only be as good as the politicians, judges and the community that support them.
So take off their muzzles and leashes and let them do their job, and rid this city of this third world filth that is ravaging your (our) city.
Kevin S. Smith, President
Juan Tabo Hills Neighborhood Association