Crime: Blacks on Blacks
The good ole days and common sense have disappeared.
There was a time when the Chief of Police and the town Sheriff were integral to a community’s existence.
The good ole days meant getting things done even if it wasn’t always politically correct, because we didn’t have that back then.
The flavor of a quaint hometown where everyone knows everyone is a rarity these days. In the past, there were towns quite like the fictitious Mayberry with its Sheriff Andy Taylor. The sheriff knew everyone in town and knew everything that was going on at all times. Orange County had Sheriff Dave Starr, and Sanford had Chief Ben Butler. These men knew the family men and the town troublemakers. They knew school rivals and different clubs. These days it isn't school rivals, but street gangs. Mike Chitwood, Daytona Beach Florida Police Chief gets it done. He is tough, and has a great record for cleaning up crime in Volusia County, Florida.
The street gangs have brought their own “culture” to the forefront, using it as a backdrop for all the problems in the world. Along with the “culture” comes a whole new vocabulary with “baby daddy”, “baby momma”, and more violence than ever before.
The unrest and strife in communities such as Sanford are said to be racially oriented, when in actuality, the majority of crimes committed are blacks on blacks. This puts the fear in the residents more than it would be if the perpetuating crimes were diverse in races. No one wants to be a snitch on one of its own.
Sanford was having a rash of home robberies in 2011 and 2012. Young black males were seen in the vicinity but no arrests had been made. This became problematic when suspicion was cast upon a young black male, later identified as Trayvon Martin, when he was observed in what could be construed as loitering/casing in a complex.
The Sanford Police Department has had more than its share of upheaval resulting in Bill Lee, Chief of Police being fired. Sanford then went on to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars to headhunt a replacement. Who better to lead and serve a community than someone born in the community or who has lived here most of their life, climbing the rungs on a ladder one at a time. They know the alleys and the dark corners in parks and parking lots where crime thrives. They know the families building on generations of homestead. They’ve watched peers grow up and become grandparents and great grandparents. They know the streets like the back of their hand.
Why then, was a police officer from Elgin, IL chosen to be Sanford’s new police chief? He will be on totally foreign terrain and unaccustomed to Florida weather. He will be exposed to a different subculture (being the South), with no common bond other than the color of skin. The proponents claim that was not the deciding factor in the new hire. What ever happened to promoting from within the ranks? Over half of the Sanford Police force is black. Why wasn’t one selected to fill the vacancy? That would have been good common sense and saved the taxpayers a lot of money. It would have assuredly been a huge step in the right direction. Sadly, the lack of common sense is ruining a lot of the world today.