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Real-Life Examples: When the Inmates are Running the Asylum

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From the crime blotter: (What, exactly, is a blotter? -Ed.)

Richmond (CA):  At City Hall, they have an Office of Neighborhood Safety.  One of its programs is called “Operation Peacemaker, ” a fellowship, for gang members who are trying to turn around their lives. And apparently it’s working: they all got into a fight, and punched each other silly, breaking noses and spewing blood.  How is that considered a success?  Because the program’s director says most of those involved have histories of gun use… and this time they only used their fists. BTW, even though “Operation Peacemaker” staffers appear to know all seven gang members involved,  “police so far have been unable to locate any of the men involved.” Put the director in lockup for an hour or so, and he might remember some addresses.

Philadelphia (PA): Police show up at party, where two people had to be taken to the hospital for stab wounds. Once they got there, they discovered three other people had gone there with stab wounds of their own. All had been wounded at the same party.  It was a welcome home party, for a teenager, who had just been released from juvenile hall.

And of course, you already know about the 21  submachine guns and 12 sidearms that were stolen from the LAPD’s SWAT team locker. The LAPD says the area is considered ‘a secure site.’  Depends who’s holding the guns, I guess. We’re told not to worry, because the weapons were modified to fire only training ammo. I’m sure no one would know how to ‘unmodify’  them. Right? ,…Right??

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