January 14, 2008

News Journal police reports: "Race? What's that? Help the public? Huh?"

News Journal police report about two robberies, probably connected:

State police are investigating two armed robberies in the Edgemoor area believed to have been committed by the same bandits. The first robbery was reported at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Bella Italy restaurant at 4817 Gov. Printz Blvd. Witnesses told police three young men and a young woman, all between ages 16 and 25, entered the eatery and demanded cash. One of the men displayed a gun while another removed cash from the register. About 10 minutes later, troopers were called to another robbery nearby at Clifton Liquors, 304 Edgemoor Road. In that incident, witnesses said three men, possibly teenagers, entered the store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. In both cases, the males were described as wearing bandanas or masks, dark-colored jackets with fur around the hoods and dark-colored, baggy jeans. Both robberies were caught on surveillance video, which police said will be released soon.

WDEL report of same incident(s):

State Police are investigating two robberies that could be linked together.

On Saturday night, three men and a woman went into the Bella Italy restaurant on Governor Printz Boulevard in Wilmington armed with a handgun. The suspects allegedly showed the gun, grabbed the clerk and took an unknown amount of money from the register and then fled.

The second robbery happened shortly thereafter when three men went into the Clifton's Liquor Store on Edgemoor Road armed with a handgun. They allegedly showed the gun, grabbed the clerk and took an unknown amount of money from the register and then fled out the back door.

Security cameras caught both robberies and police are trying to piece them together.

The suspects were three black men between the ages of 16-25 and one woman of the same age.

The News Journal's description actually would be better in this case if they included what WDEL mentions -- the key factor in a suspect's description: the RACE of the person. Suspect's can change their clothes. They can't change their hue. In addition, the News Journal story features a commenter that copied and pasted an even better [full] description from WILM.com (now not available on that site).

Just remember the News Journal's mantra:

Our policy is not about being politically correct, it's about being accurate. Race is such an unreliable descriptor. What race is Halle Berry or Tiger Woods or Jennifer Lopez? They are extreme examples, but project them onto everyday people and you see the problem.

Etc. Yeah, "Race is such an unreliable descriptor," yet easily changed clothing somehow is reliable. Hell, why else would the Journal reveal a suspect's attire, right? PUH-LEASE.

Posted by Hube at January 14, 2008 04:46 PM | TrackBack

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A simple solution can be found. Since the WNJ is loathe to publish the word "black" it should offer a full page add in it's living section (published in color) and declare that from this point, in deference to those of color, it will denote all black people as having purple skin, and all whites as being teal. That should help us all with identifying the perpetrators.

Posted by: kavips at January 15, 2008 05:15 AM

How about the WNJ publishes a color wheel, with standardized and accepted quantifications of non-race specific skin tone. For example; fish-belly white, fake bake, mocha, or black as the ace of spades.

Posted by: G Rex at January 15, 2008 10:21 AM

Whereas I was having fun, I actually like Grex's idea. It would go a long way to eliminating any perks or passes one may currently get because of the color of one's skin.

In other words, breaking skin color down to just another trait like eye color, hair color, height, or weight, would be another blow to the idea that everyone is picking on one trait of our species.

Especially when yesterday I saw a reporter from India who was blacker than most blacks living in Wilmington, one cannot make simple assumptions anymore.

Grex has come up with a solution that is so simple, it makes sense.

Posted by: kavips at January 15, 2008 02:34 PM

Did you check first with Estee Lauder?


Posted by: Paul at January 17, 2008 12:36 AM