Jewish World Review Sept. 17, 2010 / 9 Tishrei, 5771
A Tale of Two Killings
By Greg Crosby
Stats are widely varied. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics estimates the percentage of California's illegals to be around 7 percent of the total population, or anywhere from 2,500,000 to 3,000,000. This is based on their estimate of total illegal immigrants in the entire country to be in the neighborhood of 11 million. Other sources claim that number is an underestimation. Other stats claim anywhere from 15 to 20 million nationwide. If that is so, than we must have a million or two right here in LA County alone.
Defenders of the illegals like to say it's all about poor hard-working folks who come here to do the jobs that Americans won't do. If that statement were completely true, it still wouldn't make it right, but the truth is that along with the maids and gardeners we are getting a tremendous amount of gangbangers, drug dealers, professional criminals and other lowlifes flowing across our boarders and into our communities.
I'm sick and tired of hearing about some dirt bag who kills one of our citizens then hightails it back across the boarder never to be seen or heard from again. The latest case in point would be the murder of a young Valley Village woman who was found stabbed to death in her apartment which was then set on fire by the killer. This was back in July.
Now this week the police have announced that they have identified who the murderer is through DNA. He is Omar Armando Loera, a 34-year-old who was described as a "parolee at-large" with tattoos of Aztec women on both shoulders. He is described as Latino and weighs 170 pounds and stands at 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Police say he is a transient who also goes by the names Arturo Benitez and "Taz." They also have released a photo.
The murderer has five convictions for drug and weapons charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with a knife. He served only about two years of a 32-month sentence for the robbery, and then failed to report to his parole officer in Fresno after being released in February, according to authorities. It was unclear if he was still in Southern California; in Fresno, where he has family; or if he had fled to Mexico, police said. Hmmm…fled to Mexico. Ya think?
Meanwhile, in another recent story, a Los Angeles-based immigrants' rights group called for the Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot immigrant Manuel Jamines earlier this month to be prosecuted for murder. The group specifically called on County District Attorney Steve Cooley to file murder charges against LAPD officer Frank Hernandez for the murder of Guatemalan migrant Manuel Jamines. Gee, I wonder if Jamines is an illegal. The papers won't say, but I'll take bets on it.
Okay, let's go through the facts of this thing. Jamines was killed Sept. 5 after police were flagged down by witnesses near West Sixth Street and South Union Avenue to complain that a drunken man was threatening people, including a pregnant woman, with a knife. Get it so far? People on the street were scared to death of this maniac, so they waved the cops over to help them. The officers approached the guy and asked him in both Spanish and English to put the knife down, but he continued to wield it around in a threatening manner. As he raised the knife over his head as if to strike, the police shot him.
"Community organizers" and other professional protesters have taken to the streets to stir up the immigrants against the police. The neighborhood experienced three-nights of civil unrest. And now this "immigrant rights" group has called for the police to be charged with murder. Los Angeles Police Protective League president Paul M. Weber responded:
"The call by self styled 'community organizations' for an LAPD officer to be charged with murder for shooting a drunk man who had threatened both innocent civilians and police officers is ludicrous. Credible witnesses, both civilian and police, have stated the man was armed with a knife; his behavior was so threatening that the police were asked to stop him. These activist groups can 'demand' whatever they want; fortunately decisions in our justice system are based on facts and evidence, not wild ranting by those with dubious motivations."
Still the illegal immigrants continue to march in the street to protest that one of their own was killed, but no one is marching in the streets to protest the murder of that innocent young woman of Valley Village who was knifed to death and set on fire by someone who was let out of prison early and in all likelihood an illegal immigrant.
What a world.
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© 2008, Greg Crosby