|Police process the scene of the shooting that occurred on Mercer Street in Trenton on September 15, 2011.|
I found out about this....sort of anyway in real time. I was coming home down Market Street around 5:00 P.M. with my wife and she said, "What are all the police doing on Mercer Street." I said in jest that it probably has something to do with some tripple homicide or something. I knew something at least as serious as a big car accident or a nonfatal shooting occured, too many cops for anything else, but I didn't know what.
It turned out somebody got killed after their car got shot up down there. Probably (or let's say likely) some kind of a hit on a street gangster. Another criminal taken out for offending some other criminals, it appears. Thank God, it didn't occur about an hour later and a little closer to Market Street. Then I just might have had to dodge bullets to get home.
We had more than one shooting last week. Most of them were non-fatals and none of the others directly affected me, but another one stands out as memorable, more for the name of the place where it occurred, and why it happened, rather than anything else. On the corner of Southard and Ingham (also the location of the now-closed but long-time landmark Romeo & Juliet bar), a bodega opened about two weeks prior to the shooting. It is called D&A Deli. I saw the picture of it and I thought, DOA Deli, what an appropriate name for the scene of a shooting. Just think, the locals probably say "Dear, I got to go down to Dodge City to go to the DOA to pick up a pack of smokes." She replys, "Make sure you make it home alive, now put on your bullet-proof vest, you'll probably be needing it."
At the time of the shooting, the DOA was just opened for two weeks. It had already been robbed twice and some other criminals were trying for time number three. I big Spanish guy was there waiting. He was the owner, armed with a pistol. He grabbed the bandits and turned them over to the police when they arrived without incident. A silver pickup rode by and the occupant stopped and got out. He was an off duty cop. The store owner, thinking he was part of the robbery pulled his weapon and fired, The cop returned fire. Nobody was hit. The store owner was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
Now let's see what a jury would think. This guy was robbed twice in the two weeks he was opened and a third robbery was just attempted. Someone in a civilian vehicle and civilian clothes comes up and tries to interfere just after he turned the bobbers over to the cops. Another robber, right? That's just about what anybody would think, even if he identified himself verbally as a police officer. Just remember criminals are not above a little deception, jike saying they are police, just to be able to get in there and carry out their crime.
The store owner did nothing wrong as far as I am concerned. We should all have the right to defend ourselves, particularly in a proven high crime area and a proven high crime situation (like operating a bodega in the ghetto.)
Another fly in the ointment.
Just when we all thought it was too dangerous to go outside, the Mayor lays off 106 police officers. That's right, yesterday was the last day for a third of Trenton's police force.
There were let go because Governor Christie could not find enough money in his budget (or should I say brains in his head) to give the city sufficient funds to keep them on. We are in the middle of a perpetual crime wave and the governor wants to save money for a few rich bastards by getting rid of a third of our police.
Now, this will really make businesses WANT to expand in the capital of the Garden State, won't it. T
he city fathers can use this fact in literature promoting our city. "With a crime rate rivaling East Saint Louis, Detroit and Compton, can you think of a better place for opening your business." Well yeah, unless your business is a funeral home, car bullet-proofing shop or something like that.
Not that there isn't money to be made in a now relatively cop-free high crime environment, Look at what the Bloods can make if they could kidnap some high-ranking state official and collect the ransom.