Tag: Crime

Remembering the Murder of a Convenience Store Clerk


One year ago, around midnight, as Saturday turned into Sunday the 16th of December, 2018, a gunman entered a small independent convenience store. The space inside is tight, very close quarters, and the clerk decided to fight for his life and his co-workers, instead of accepting whatever fate the thug decided. The clerk, Jose Alcaraz-Hernandez, lost his life, and a co-worker was seriously wounded. The crime has not been solved in the year since that night.

The large group of prayer candles and flowers gave way in fairly short order to a permanent wooden cross. The hand-painted cross outside the store tells us that Jose Hernandez was born November 18, 1964, and was killed on December 16, 2018. From a photograph put up in the first days, we know him to have been a grandfather. We know nothing of the killer. If the police know more, they are not saying so to the public.

Visiting the site on the anniversary evening of this crime, the memorial was little changed. A few flat stones, for candles, and rounded stones to keep the cross upright in the dirt, were added. Two candles had been blown out by the wind. Perhaps someday the killer will be found in this world. Of a certainty, there is one Judge who saw, who sees, and who will give justice in the end.

Seth Barron talks with four City Journal contributors—Rafael MangualEric KoberRay Domanico, and Steven Malanga—about former New York City mayor and now presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg’s record on crime, education, economic development, and more.

After years of teasing a presidential run, Bloomberg has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Just a week before his official announcement, he made headlines by reversing his long-standing support of controversial policing practices in New York—commonly known as “stop and frisk.” Bloomberg’s record on crime will factor heavily in his campaign, but his 12 years as mayor were eventful in numerous other policy areas.

News from the Formerly-Livable City of Seattle


Once again, the powers that be in Seattle have demonstrated their ability, through their elected governments, to make Seattle a place that people want to leave (well, at least people who are not Social Justice Warriors or socialists).  Today, the Seattle City Council has passed a new ordinance, adding a fee on Uber and Lyft, to “help with Housing and Transit”.  Just like the many new taxes (sales tax, property tax, car-tab tax) we drivers pay to build the Sound Transit Light Rail boondoggle, riders hailing rides from Uber and Lyft will now be paying for modes of transportation that they may not choose!  Uber and Lyft passengers will now be paying an extra $0.51 per ride.  They are calling it “Fare Share!”  Just one more burden on Seattleites.

Next, King County Executive Dow Constantine is doubling down on the Sanctuary County policy, which prevents county officials from coordinating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement when Illegal Aliens who commit crimes are jailed or released in the County.  There have been at least three instances lately where Illegal Aliens formerly in county custody have committed crimes, including murder.  As always, the City and County demonstrate that they support those who are in the country illegally, including murderers, more than they support the Taxpayers who pay their salaries and might just prefer safe streets to harboring criminals.

Howard Husock interviews four remarkable leaders of nonprofit groups who were recently honored as part of Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Awards and Civil Society Fellows Program.

Manhattan Institute and City Journal have long sought to support and encourage civil-society organizations and leaders who, with the help of volunteers and private philanthropy, do so much to help communities address serious social problems. In this edition of the 10 Blocks podcast, Husock speaks with:

Dispatch from the War Zone in Seattle


On my favorite KOMO Web site today, there is a sad story about a King County worker assaulted, right outside the King County Courthouse in (used-to-be) beautiful Downtown Seattle.  This is so disgusting that I am going to copy some of that story for you here.  This is what the City of Seattle and County of King have become. Please do follow the link and read the whole story.

In September, Kara was assaulted just outside the King County Courthouse after leaving work to head to the train.

The Story That Disappeared


Yesterday, in the middle of a very busy day, on a break, I noticed a story on the KOMO Seattle Web site with a title somewhat like this:

King County Council Member considers Leaving Seattle Over Crime Issues

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New Dispatch from the People’s Republic of Seattle


News today about a Seattle institution abandoning its downtown Seattle location over “crime concerns.” Bartell Drug has been a local institution for over 100 years; it is closing its downtown store because it can no longer afford to stay open. It will pay rent on its location even after the store closes. Street people are wreaking havoc with the central city. The Third Avenue location is in an especially fraught area, with near continual reports of assaults and property damage. And this is kitty-corner to Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

Then, another story of a burglary gone wrong just a few blocks away from the doomed Bartell’s. This would be funny if it weren’t so ugly.

Just a Local Crime Story: Midwest Edition


Dr. Ulrich Klopfer died September 3. After his death, an attorney for his family summoned the Will County Sheriff to his rural home south of Chicago. You see, Dr. Klopfer had amassed an interesting collection: Two thousand, two hundred forty-six fetal remains.

Klopfer performed abortions in Fort Wayne, Gary, and South Bend, IN. In 2015, he was brought before the Indiana State Medical Board for violations at the Fort Wayne and South Bend clinics. During the proceedings, he admitted that he had performed an abortion on a ten-year-old girl who, he said, had been raped by her uncle. He also stated that he had performed abortions on 13- and 14-year-olds. He said he was unaware that he needed to report the incidents to police. After all, just because a girl comes in for an abortion doesn’t mean she was abused. Said Klopfer:

Israeli Lessons for Mass Shootings


The recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have given rise to an anguished national discussion over how to best respond to domestic terror. There is an aching awareness that punishing individual criminals after the fact is, to invoke the famous Churchill phrase, too little, too late. The social objective is to prevent these useless deaths from ever happening, which is why choosing the proper mix of preventive measures is rightly the central topic of debate.

Yet it is precisely on these questions that people who share a common end have the greatest disagreement. There is no single metric that can determine the optimal strategy for harm prevention. But that does not stop the introduction of a vast number of ingenious approaches to solve the problem. Today, most of the proposed solutions are top-down. They seek to prevent violent individuals from getting their hands on guns, often forgetting that determined killers can resort to cars, bombs, and even knives. My approach is the opposite. Any mass killer is a random outlier whom it is rarely possible to identify in advance. I think that it is impossible to do anything more that will prevent these people, or indeed anyone else intent on wreaking havoc, from obtaining weapons.

The only strategy that has a fair chance of success to reduce, but never stop, all mass killings, starts from the opposite end. It is beyond dispute that gunmen utilize the element of surprise. It has long been known that most of the death and destruction of a mass shooting takes place before any police or security team has time to arrive. Killers open the door and they start shooting: no warning, no mercy, no pause. Speed is the essence of any police response. Better that a single officer enter the fray immediately than wait even ten seconds before reinforcements can pitch in.

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  Yesterday, I came across this post by Christopher Tremoglie at the NRO Corner. August 9th was the 5th anniversary of the justified shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren sent out this tweet in honor thereof; Preview Open

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If the people of New York are so down on Mayor Warren Wilhelm (AKA Bill DeBlasio), why, pray tell, did they elect him to a second term?  Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani had some choice words today. In my opinion, the voters of New York get the government they elect, and they should not be griping […]

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In Paterson, New Jersey six people were shot, one killed, over a seven hour period last Thursday. It appears to have been four separate, and seemingly unrelated, shootings.  New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. If you are don’t mind paperwork and have good references you can own a gun […]

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Wheels of Justice Spinning?


In mid-December, I wrote about the murder of a convenience store clerk in “Drug Dealing: Not a Victimless Crime.” In that piece, you saw the rapid response of a makeshift shrine, with many prayer candles burning. Now, that temporary shrine is replaced with a permanent cross, lit by two prayer candles at all times.

The cross confirms the sparse details given in a follow-up KTAR news story, shortly after the murderous attack, or robbery attempt:

Jose Alcarez-Hernandez, 54, died in the shooting that police said may have been the result of a robbery gone bad.

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You are washed up President Trump – pack your bags – no re-election for you! You’re finished! These were the headlines after President Trump ended the government shut-down….on a “partial basis”. Wow – So border security is the only issue? Never mind he brought back major companies to the US, renegotiated the NAFTA deal, lowered […]

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Donald J. Trump has been president for two years. He’s at the border and is asking for a wall, oh wait, no – now a steel fence, and compromise and dialogue with the Democratic Party. He was asking for a little over five billion to shore up the Southern border. He said “I’ll take less […]

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Propaganda of the Marijuana Lobby: A Con Job


We’re all being conned. As legalization of marijuana is being pushed forward in the US, we are discovering how little we really know about the drug, and the information we do have is not widely publicized:

Despite being a substance that targets the brain, if and how long-term cannabis use alters brain structure and function remain unknown. There are some known adverse effects. It acutely impairs mental functions and may exacerbate depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and use of other substances. Whether it is more harmful than substances such as alcohol or nicotine is still undetermined. On the plus side, there is conclusive evidence that cannabis provides relief from symptoms related to chemotherapy and multiple sclerosis. Other potential benefits remain unknown.

Ten states have already allowed the recreational use of cannabis. According to an op-ed piece by Alex Berenson, the pro-marijuana groups have changed the discussion by talking about medical marijuana and the relief it can provide, rather than focusing on its recreational use.