RFFM.org Commentary by Dan Gura *
On Saturday, February 2nd, a lone gunman walked into a Lane Bryant clothing store in Tinley Park, Illinois and killed five women execution style. The suspect was described as a black man with a medium complexion, between 5'8" and 5'10" tall, weighing 230 to 260 pounds, clean shaven, wearing a dark colored jacket, black jeans and a charcoal-gray knit cap.
Incredibly, in this politically correct world we now live in, police have not been criticized for concentrating their search for a subject as he was described.
Early news reports said police stopped at least one Metra bus and ordered several black men who matched the general description to exit. They were forced, at gunpoint, to lie down in the snow until their innocence could be determined.
At a nearby Target store, police "herded" customers to the front of the store as other officers, with pistols and rifles drawn, searched the premises for black men who matched the general description.
What a novel idea…police targeting men who matched the profile of a mass murderer. (The PC police said I was supposed to say 'alleged' mass murderer).
Surprisingly, neither of these actions seems to have drawn any criticism from legendary, and oft offended, black leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Have these long-in-the-tooth race-baiters finally seen the light and recognized it would have been a waste of time for the police to include elderly Oriental women, children under the age of ten, and blonde-haired, blue-eyed men in their dragnet?
Yes, Jesse and Al, there is a time and place for profiling. When the suspect is a black male, the police should be looking for a black male…and they should warn the public what the perpetrator looks like, be he/she black/white/brown.
Now, I do not know what the men who were ordered off the bus at gunpoint intend to do. I’m sure they have heard from every pettifogger in the yellow pages offering to file a wrongful something or other lawsuit. I hope they have more class than that and realize that the police did the correct thing.
Lest ye think that I am just some white guy in the suburbs who doesn't know how it feels to be ordered out of a vehicle at gunpoint, I say think again. Back in early 1991 my Monte Carlo SS was stolen from a parking lot at the Chicago Stadium. It was recovered the next day minus the stereo and mag wheels.
The Chicago Police Department released the car to an auto body shop recommended by my insurance company, who put it back together. One week later, around midnight, I was driving home from a Blackhawks game when I was forced off the road. Two men brandishing pistols jumped out, pulled me out of my car and threw me face down on the snow covered street. One kept his foot on my back--with his gun to my head--while the other took my wallet. Naturally, I assumed I was going to die and made my peace with God. To my surprise and relief, I was informed that there was a paper work snafu and my car was still reported as stolen. Yes, I was accosted by two plainclothes police officers who actually told me it was my fault that they pulled me over.
Most of my friends said I should hire a lawyer and sue everyone involved. Others said I should have contacted the now late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike Royko, who often wrote about the plight of the little guy, to tell my story. I chose to do neither. Instead, I acknowledged that no matter how heavy-handed the police were, they actually were trying to recover my ride from some ne’er-do-well car thief.
In conclusion, I wonder if Jesse and Al really get it or are they just saving up their racial outrage until after the primaries, so as to not jeopardize Barack Hussein Obama’s presidential bid? Am I on to something here regarding the silence of Jackson and Sharpton? I'll let you provide the answer to that question.
* Dan Gura is a contributing editor to RFFM.org
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