We’ll ask that question again.
Because it raises very serious questions about why the BPD and its media facilitators are suddenly running scare stories about local “gangs” and their alleged criminal activities, especially when they immediately turn around and admit that they’re not even sure how to define such behavior.
Keep in mind that this would never have happened back when Burbank was being investigated by the Justice Department for illegal discrimination against gang members and other ethnic residents and outsiders. Such a very public and generalized (yet undefined) antagonism towards “gangs” and “gang violence” would have been viewed by outsiders as the smoking gun that, perhaps, this local police department was more than a bit prejudiced against these individuals. Why else be singling them out?
So why is this happening now? Because the FBI is no longer breathing down their necks? And why is the media so eager to latch on to these kind of legendarily inflammatory accusations against what is always seen as Black and Brown crime? These lengthy, panicky news articles then go on to practically advocate the resumption of neighborhood dragnets and mass evictions, just like the good old days.
It does appear to be business as usual in white-ass Burbank. So expect more of the same.
We’re also curious how Councilman Rogers views this sudden alarmist tone from his department.
It’s not like he’s insensitive to these kind of issues. A number of years ago he actually went out of his way in an old Leader column to ask why it was that he was always seeing minorities being pulled over in nighttime BPD traffic stops. And only minorities.
Did he ever get an answer?
Again, is there some sudden crime wave in Burbank involving gang members? If not, why then all the fear mongering?