Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Top Cop: "I Hate To Say It, But The Parents Are To Blame"

I just saw this story on WBBM-TV on the 5PM newscast:
An 8-year-old boy was in the hospital Tuesday afternoon after being shot overnight in Humboldt Park in an attack that appears to be gang-related. But in an unexpected twist, Chicago's top cop blamed the boy's parents for the tragedy.

Josue Torres was reported in serious but stable condition at Stroger Hospital of Cook County Tuesday afternoon after undergoing a four-hour surgery. He was alert, surrounded by friends and family, and was expected to recover, but the shooting still has friends and neighbors furious.

Josue was sitting in his family's van Monday night, parked near the corner of Spaulding and Division with his mother and six other siblings, all between the ages of 8 and 14. His stepfather had just stepped out of the car to talk to Eudes Padilla when someone fired shots into the vehicle.

"We heard some shots, two shots, then there was all this screaming." Padilla said. "Whoever done this shooting is the dumbest dumbest person that could be on this earth. He's dumber than dummy."

A gunman in a passing black car with tinted windows fired the shots, striking only Josue, according to police News Affairs Officer David Banks. The car fled the scene in an unknown direction and has not been located, Banks said.

Police said the shooting appears to have been gang-related and they're investigating whether Josue's father was the intended target. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said Josue's parents share the blame for the shooting.

"I hate to say it, but the parents are to blame for that 8-year-old being shot. They choose to engage in this activity," Weis said. "(The father is) engaging in gang activity and, more than likely, he's probably breaking some laws. ... As long as we have people who are willing to break the law and engage in criminal activities, these are some of the consequences that we face. We have an innocent boy whose dreams will be shattered, whose family's dreams are shattered and it's horrible and we've got to do something about it."
Read the whole story and the doctors at Stroger Hospital, has done a wonderful job in saving that boy. I know they've been given grief thanks to the state of Cook County government at the moment. So this is one positive event for that beleaguered hospital.

As for Superintendent Weis. Perhaps he made a bad call for bringing to light the criminal past of this boy's father. Daddy is certainly upset that his child was almost killed but why would he want to make it worse by blaming the father at a press conference no less? I don't think that was a good move at all!

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