Albuquerque Citizens have lost another liberty as the city succumbs to crime and criminals who perpetrate against the public. Recently the local Wal-Mart stores have elected to change their hours of operation from 24-hours a day to 6 A.M. to midnight. The burning question is, why has crime gotten out of control in the Metro area and how do we regain control of our community?
We see the headlines daily across the country, “Suspect
is accused of cutting 7-month-old fetus from her victim”, “Chief: New Orleans
airport attacker had machete, Molotov cocktails”, “One dead and five injured
after spree”, “Remains found in wood stove in cooking show finalist's death”,
etc… Has it really gotten worse or is
the media driving certain issues with more vigor than others?
A statistic that has been used for several decades is ninety percent of
crime is committed by ten percent of the population. If this is true why does ninety percent of the
population allow the ten percent to victimize all? Is it because that ten percent is a relative,
friend or family member? Perhaps they know a person or their family and feel
bad for them? Whatever the reason; we
are all responsible for what is happening in our community. Our silence allows the criminals in general
to continue and to prosper from crime. The community itself encourages the
crime by not standing up to the criminals (including the mentally ill) and by
not fully supporting law enforcement in discharge of their duties.
When we look back at many of the police involved shootings, the vast
majority involved people who were involved in a criminal act (that is why the
police were involved) and many of them involved people who were also mentally
ill. The families and friends of these
people knew the family member or friend was a criminal and/or was mentally ill
but keep silent with the mentality “as long as I don't have to deal with him or
her; I am good with that.” Which translates to; law enforcement will ultimately
be called and force to deal with that
Mr. Boyd’s situation is a prime example of everything that can go
wrong. When we say everything we mean
everything from a neglected mentally ill person in commission of a crime to
police misconduct. Mr. Boyd’s family
knew he was mentally ill and kept their distance because they knew of his illness.
And yes, now the uncaring family is here
in the metro looking to stuff their greedy pockets with cash because now Mr.
Boyd has worth to them. We are sure there were many ambulance chasers who
sought out the family members in hopes of pocketing cash themselves. The family never intervened to ensure Mr. Boyd
received the services he desperately needed nor did they care or give a damn until
Mr. Boyd’s demise.
When family and/or friends fail to do their part and leave it up to the
police to handle a criminal or a mentally ill person; this is an invitation for
disaster which we have seen repetitively here in Albuquerque. When family or friends fail to do their part
and then become angered and blame the police are clearly hypocrites and are
guilty of infractions themselves against humanity. Everyone must do their part;
take responsibility for what they are accountable for. Certain people need to
stop blaming the police when the problem lies primarily with them directly. And we have heard it to; “I can’t deal with
him.” Well, what makes you think it is going to be any easier for the police to
babysit or handle the same person. That
person left unchecked is now uncontrollable and now the police are forced to deal with them. Be responsible and do your part.
We as a community continue to suffer from enabling friends or family members
who are involved in crime (and/or are mentally ill) we will continue to lose
certain liberties. We are all paying the price for the
ten percent who commit criminal activities:
losing access to our local store and paying higher prices to compensate for
loss of businesses.
The cure, well, the blame for these issues must be shared equally by the
public and the police. The community needs to support the police who are
entrusted with public safety and the community needs to step up and do their
part when they know a friend or family member is involved in crime or if they
have a friend or family member who they know are mentally ill and are in need
of services. Simply stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of
cure.” As a community we all need to do
our part and stop loved ones before they are out of control and eventually
become involved in a deadly encounter with law enforcement. And if they can’t handle their loved ones and
it results in a deadly encounter, stop blaming the police and place blame where
it lies; in the one who committed the crime(s) themselves.