CHICAGO, July 17, 2012 — His name was Delfino Mora. He was 62 years old. He was married for forty years. He and his wife raised 12 children, aged 17-40.
Mr. Mora and his family lived in abject poverty in Mexico. He decided a better life lay in America. He brought his burgeoning family to Chicago. Mora worked in the construction industry until an injury fifteen years ago left him disabled, unable to fully use one of his arms.
Mora was not one to just sit idle whiling away the hours at home. He walked the alleys collecting cans to bring in extra money for his family. He woke up every morning, left his house, and went collecting.
Delfino Mora came to Chicago to live the American dream. He was found lying in an alley, victim of the American nightmare.
Delfino Mora was found unconscious and bleeding. He was taken to a hospital where he died. The cause of death was blunt head trauma. He was the latest victim in the Chicago Summer of murder and mayhem.
Mora’s story gets worse. The pitiless criminals who attacked and beat him to death made a video of their actions. Being ubiquitous trendy morons, they posted the video on Facebook. A member of Mora’s family learned about it, found it, and took it to police. The predators were captured.
But there’s more. These jackals were not just bent on robbing and beating a defenseless disabled man. This was a game. A game called “Pick ‘Em Out and Knock ‘Em Out.” The game is popular among thugs and gangs of merciless youths.
They pick a victim to prey upon, preferably one who is elderly, weak, or handicapped. They attack, and viciously beat him just to knock him out. Robbery is a side-benefit not a necessity.
It was reported that Mora’s head hit the concrete so hard a crack could be heard on the video.
Delfino Mora, husband, father, and hard worker, was the victim of a vicious game by vicious people.
Mora will go down as just another cold dry statistic in the Chicago Summer of mayhem and murder binge. He is dead and gone. He is no longer human. He will be forgotten. Life will go on until the next murder. That’s the Chicago Way.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel should stop whining about the rising homicide toll, violent crime and large mobs of roving youths preying upon the people of Chicago.
He should stop begging gang members, drug dealers, and roving mobs of teens to stop killing, robbing, and injuring people. It is time for Rahm Emanuel to put his big boy pants on, take off the velvet gloves, and come out punching with the iron fists.
Governance is not merely winning elections. One of the most important aspects of governance is to ensure the safety of citizens, to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity …”
Mayor Emanuel should give his police superintendent a direct order to take the handcuffs off the police and ruthlessly go after the gangbangers, drug dealers, and the roving robbing bands of vicious youth with the harshest, most oppressive and repressive legal methods available.
He should use his vulgar vocabulary to tell any and all critics what they can go do to or with themselves. Lives and public safety are at stake.
Criminals’ lives, comings and goings should be made miserable and intolerable. Crime prevention is not placating reverends, or community organizers, or leaders of this-or-that community. That is all blather and bloviation.
There is only one reason people join gangs and commit senseless violent crimes: They make a conscious, free-choice decision to become criminals. They do it intentionally, and sometimes cheerfully.
There is no difference between Bernie Madoff, criminal Chicago politicians, and the violent gangs. The street thugs who prey on innocent victims are as willfully criminal as Al Capone. They all chose to be criminals.
Whining and begging does not stop crime. Proactive harsh measures against criminals stop crime. It has been proven to work in the past. It takes courage effort, and hard work. You do what works and model success. Chicago has been modeling failure for decades with escalating, tragic results.
It is time to put so-called racial, social, and community politics aside for the benefit of all. The people being robbed, maimed and killed are our neighbors, our fathers and mothers, our grandparents and our children.
Stop the madness and non-sense. It is ridiculous and non-productive. People are being killed while politicians spout politically palatable platitudes to “ease tensions.”
The vast majority of the violence and killing in Chicago is committed by blacks or Hispanics. The vast majority of their victims are also black and Hispanic. That is not racist. That is hard cold fact.
Get over it. Stop denying it. Own up to it. Do something.
Communities should demand that the police come in like an army of avenging angels and put the devils out of existence by any and all legal means necessary.
Rahm Emanuel’s whining and begging makes him look childish and silly. His predecessor was childish and silly. Chicago cannot afford another childish, silly mayor.
Mayor Emanuel’s toughness and ruthlessness are a matter of record. It is time for him to demonstrate the toughness and ruthlessness he is famous for. Go after the gangs, drug dealers, and criminal mobs tooth and nail. Be ruthless, relentless and merciless.
It is time for Rahm to show Chicago and the nation that he can be the toughest and most ruthless enemy criminals ever faced. He has a golden opportunity to leave a legacy his predecessor could not, a safe city for all. All he needs to do is pull out the sword and lead the charge. End the Chicago Summer of murder, mayhem, and madness.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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