Saturday, June 16, 2007

All in the Family

A couple of disturbing stories have emerged following the massive police takedown of the Driftwood Crips earlier this week.

The Globe reports that Jordan Manner's sister was one of those arrested and charged with possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition.

Also, we learn in today's Sun that a member of the Toronto Police force allegedly tipped off a family member who was then able to avoid the Wednesday morning raids, but was later found and arrested.

The officer's lawyer says his client is being used as a scapegoat, and that he is a good cop.

All this lends credence to the view that gang culture is often enable by familial relations.

(Link to great article available here at Fri Jun 15, 05:09:00 PM EDT. Record links on the main post site do not work very well with Blogger).

How do we address this kind of willful blindness right in the family? No wonder government appears powerless to deal with it.

* * * *

More opinion on root causes here, from someone who's lived and worked in the 'hood. Note that Gary Pieters refers to "ineffective elder influence", in his list of possible problem areas. I would suggest that it may be much worse than merely "ineffective".

BTW, this post has been picked up by Jack's Newswatch - Daily Blogger. I feel quite honoured to have been included in this category on a number of occasions. The traffic doesn't hurt either.

Thanks, Jack.

* * * *
Related: More Canadians believe minorities should change their ways - Poll.

But who are those "rest of Canadians" that they're supposed to try to be like?

* * * *
Sunday Update: Absolutely awesome column by Lorrie Goldstein today - Helping out Jane-Finch.

This is one of his best!


Gabby in QC said...

"BTW, this post has been picked up by Jack's Newswatch - Daily Blogger."

Congrats! Your posts deserve to have a wider audience.

Anonymous said...

The mother of the dead 15 year old did a great job for TV feigning shock and grief. She knew very well one of her kids could or would get shot some day - but she did nothing about it. She deserves no sympathy whatsoever.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks, Gabby!

Anon, I can't agree with you. She deserves sympathy because she is caught up in an environment of willful blindness, and she doesn't know how to get out of it, nor does she know how to protect her children.

paulsstuff said...

They are now reporting that another gang member picked up, the boyfriend of Manner's sister, may have had the murder weapon in his possession. Police are awaiting ballistics tests.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Paulsstuff - Thanks for the info. Would you happen to have a link?

paulsstuff said...

I heard it on both 590AM and 640AM here in Ajax. Seen nothing in the media anywhere else.

What really bothers me is if its true surely the sister knew he had the gun and knows the details of the shooting.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

This whole thing just gets bore and more bizarre. If you see it anywhere in print, please let me know. Thanks.

Tony said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Tony said...

Good topic Joanne. I share the viewpoint that these communities need to stop tolerating and sheltering the criminals living among them.

By the way, I created a new blog and my first article that I posted is about this issue.

liberal supporter said...

Yes, Lorrie was good today. He's doing a great job of noting that this is a problem that could be happening to anyone, and the "black culture" theory is bogus. Although some of your commenters seem to think otherwise.

I've only heard the story that the murder weapon was picked up in the raids, not that the boyfriend had it. Though he was caught with weapons.

Despite the anon saying "She deserves no sympathy whatsoever", she was probably suspected of snitching, and her son was killed as a warning. Note that she would be suspected of snitching to the police, as opposed to snitching to the "ganglords" about other people, which of course is ok.

So in my opinion her son was killed in a gangmob hit. You read that the cops had this series of raids planned for months. Her own daughter was involved and caught with weapons and with ammo. She may well have been one of the rats that squealed, and they bumped off her kid for it.

anon 2:33, have you ever had a machine gun pointed at you? Have you aver been told your child will be tracked down in his school and shot if you talk? And you might be next? If so and you have gone to the police anyway, then you are far braver than I am. I like to think I would do the right thing, but I wonder if I would in the very real situation she was in.

In the 50s and 60s large numbers of Italians came to Canada. With them came the cancer of the organized crime from their country. There was a lot of the same kind of cultural assumption made, the "black culture" theory of the time, that Italians like having mobsters enforcing the "law of omerta" on them, and that they deserve no sympathy when they fear the local gangsters more than they trust the non-Italian police.

It took a long time, building bridges to the community and providing things like witness protection that put a stop to the gangsters running the community. They are still around, but we don't hear about them shooting each other do we?

Nowadays, we have had the Chief of Police in Toronto, and now the OPP Commissioner, being an Italian born man, who probably grew up with people doubting his honesty and loyalty, simply because of his being Italian born.