Thankfully, Jason Todd Ready can now join the rest of his pals in hell.
Anyway, I am pretty sure that most of you reading this have never heard of Yasin Harvey. That's understandable because unlike you know who, he wasn't killed by some Hispanic or white dude profiling him because of his race. Sadly, I am pretty sure that Yasin Harvey was shot and killed last night by someone who looks just like he does.
The thing is, the person who shot and killed Yasin Harvey deserves our wagging fingers, righteous anger, and all the public indignation as well. Yasin harvey's life was just as precious as you know who, and his death is every bit as tragic.
"Police say an innocent teenage boy died Thursday morning after being shot in what police say could be a case of mistaken identity.
The shooting happened shortly after 9 Wednesday night at the intersection of 62nd and Callowhill Streets.
Yasin Harvey, 16, and some friends were running an errand for a sick family member and walking out a corner store when a car pulled up and fired numerous shots, police said.
The University City High School freshman was struck four times. He was taken in critical condition to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He died Thursday morning at the hospital, police said.
Investigators say the shooting was likely a case of mistaken identity -- that Harvey wasn't the target." [Source]
It wasn't a case of "mistaken identity". The shooter took aim at a young man and took his life. It doesn't matter if he wanted to kill Yasin Harvey or some person he was "beefing" with. Another mother has lost her child. The fact that the shooter was "mistaken" won't bring him back.
Finally, I want to share a story with you from my local paper and I want to know your opinion. Here goes:
Although five years have passed since the incident that changed his life, his torment doesn’t end because his tormentor is still out there.
Although Philadelphia Police Officer Michael Paige was arrested and fired in 2007 for allegedly forcing Harris to perform oral sex on him in his police cruiser in Fairmount Park, Paige is back on the force, patrolling the streets of West Philadelphia. Paige dodged conviction, despite DNA evidence proving that a sexual encounter had occurred, because the judge accused Harris of playing the victim after consensual sex.
Harris remains haunted by his past. But he hopes he’ll begin to see relief next week. After filing a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Paige and the city in 2008, his case goes to trial Monday.
“I just want somebody to just simply say this disease did what he did,” said Harris, 34, of North Philadelphia. “If I were a young white girl, he would have been hammered, nailed to the cross. Because I’m a young black male and he’s a cop, they believed him.”
Brian Puricelli, the attorney representing Paige, declined to comment Wednesday, saying he didn’t want to try his case in the press. Paige, 45, a National Guard drill sergeant who was reached Wednesday while on military leave from the Police Department, defended his actions that night as “explainable” but also declined to comment specifically, saying: “I believe you would better learn [the details] by coming to the trial.”
The saga started in the early hours of March 16, 2007, when Harris went with a friend to the Belmont Plateau, where they parked to smoke marijuana and hang out after a late-season snowstorm.
About 2 a.m., Paige pulled up in his marked police cruiser.
Things immediately got weird, Harris said.
Harris said that Paige directed him to sit in the front passenger seat of his cruiser while he looked over his vehicle paperwork and questioned him about his sexual preferences, Harris said. He then told Harris to take his friend home and return to the park, withholding Harris’ car registration and insurance papers to ensure his complicity, according to Harris and detectives who later investigated the incident. Back at the park, Harris said, Paige directed him back into the front passenger seat of his cruiser and then drove past a locked gate deep into the wooded park.
He parked, scooched down his pants and underwear and then turned to Harris, pushing Harris’ head down to his exposed crotch, Harris said. He then forced unprotected oral sex on Harris three times, according to Harris and court paperwork.
“The whole time, I just felt like I wanted to die. I still feel that way,” Harris said this week.
After a while, the cop climbed out of the cruiser and walked a short distance to urinate, leaving the keys in the ignition and his gun on the seat, Harris said.
Harris was sorely tempted to escape. But he didn’t. Fear paralyzed him.
“I knew he’s crazy. Only a crazy person could do what he’s done. I just knew he gonna do what he want to. He gonna kill me,” Harris said.
Instead, Harris said, the officer returned to the cruiser and then delivered Harris back to his car. As Harris pulled away from the park, nausea set in. He grabbed a cup leftover from a recent meal and spat into it as he sped home. He reported the incident to authorities the next morning.
An internal-affairs investigation ensued, and DNA tests linked the cup’s contents to Paige. Detectives determined “nonconsensual sexual activity” occurred, and Commissioner Sylvester Johnson fired Paige in May 2007.
By the end of the year, the case was in criminal court. But Judge Anthony DeFino acquitted Paige of kidnapping, indecent sexual contact and related offenses. Paige never took the stand, and the judge said he believed the encounter was consensual.
“The victim was treated like a criminal. This was a miscarriage of justice. If these were two civilians, there would have been a different verdict,” said Harris’ attorney, Brian Humble." [More]
Serious analysis, please.