Sunday, July 23, 2006

Saturday Mayhem: Minneapolis Murder #35 & Officer Defends Self When Confronted by (Alleged) Armed Thug

This story of the 35th murder of the year in Minneapolis was buried inside another story, which coincidentally is the MSM's account of the MPD officer who slaughtered an innocent, minding-his-own-business male on the grounds Cityview Community Elementary School, completely unprovocated.

The reality: The "victim" was killed with a shot fired by the officer. He is alleged to have been exchanging a gun or drugs with another unknown person. He ran from the police. A gun was found at the scene.

True to form, the MSM is reporting this variously as: "Officer, trooper kill suspect in Minneapolis" [Red Star], "Minneapolis police shoot, kill person" [KSTP News], and a "Minneapolis police officer gunned down a man" [Fox 9 TV News - paraphrase].

God forbid one responsible news outlet uses this headline: "Officer defends self when confronted by (alleged) armed thug." Since you won't see that anywhere else, I'm adding it to the title of this post.

Or how about this one: "(Alleged) Thug dies when he chooses a life of crime over being a productive member of society and suffers the consequences of his decision, which is his fault and his fault only, and not the fault of LGA cuts, federal funding cuts, midnight basketball cuts, education cuts, racism, poverty, or George Bush."

And in other news, the only MSM outlet I can find so far on the reporting of the real story, Minneapolis' 35th murder, is, believe it or not, the Red Star. Even so, the murder story is buried beneath the officer defensive shooting reporting distortion. The Red Star article is here.

A 29-year-old man was killed and his fiancée was injured when someone shot them about 3:30 a.m. through an open window in a bedroom at their home in the 3500 block of Newton Avenue N.

Authorities did not identify the man who was killed in that shooting, but his mother identified him as Pestelence V.D. El-Shabazz [Ed. - I don't mean disrespect to the victim, but this name is a crime in itself], whose name previously was Valentine D. Riley.

His mother, Angela Riley, said Saturday that she is being strong in the face of tragedy because of the affection her son always had for her. "I'm going on his love," said Riley, recalling his notes and phone calls. "My heart is full of love."

The fiancée's wounds were not life-threatening.

At the time of the shooting, five boys ages 5 to 13 -- the sons of El-Shabazz and of his fiancée -- were inside the house. None of them was injured.

Police said late Saturday that no one had been arrested in those shootings and that they did not have any suspect information to release.

Capt. Rich Stanek said the shooting did not appear to be random, though police were still investigating a possible motive.

Angela Riley said that both her son and his fiancée were active in the local underground rap scene.

El-Shabazz's killing was Minneapolis' 35th homicide of the year. Anyone with information can call police at 612-692-TIPS.