Fw: [nhhomeless] Re: Violence Is Becoming a Threat for Homeless

William Tinker (wtinker@fcgnetworks.net)
Thu, 23 Dec 1999 12:38:50 -0500


To All.
I hope these sickos get caught before New Years!  Bill
----- Original Message -----
From: William Tinker <wtinker@fcgnetworks.net>
To: <unclescam@buskers.org>
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Sent: Thursday, December 23, 1999 12:36 PM
Subject: [nhhomeless] Re: Violence Is Becoming a Threat for Homeless


> 12-23-99
> I read this in a bit anxiety,for not only the displaced but for the
disabled
> and poor alike...
> How long has man,s inhumanity to man gone on?
> Well the bible says quite a bit about  it and crucifying some one and
> stoning them was really a extremely horrific way to go then and it would
be
> today also!
> I know that there always has been an element of dark side in us all,I can
> not fathom ever killing some one just for pleasure, or thrill kills as has
> been ocurring,I believe if I did ever kill some one it would be in defense
> of my life or some one I loved!! I don,t think property gives me a right
to
> kill,property can be replaced but human life can not!
> The parties responsible most definitely are persons [I use the term
> loosely ] that have no moral fiber or beliefs other than "mad dog
> syndrom"they border on animalistic predatores,they would not attack a man
> who could fight back,they are "packs"of satanic smegma that should be
> diagnosed and put in an institution [incarcerated] and never again see the
> light of day .....
> I am a humanitarian,in the sense that I do not believe there can be any
> possible means to correct the brain disorder that made them hate so
> violently in the first place!
> I would assume that the police in Denver have a psychological profile on
the
> homeless persons killers,the problem being what if it was a
> policeman?Stranger things have happened...
> It could be along time before they got caught,I am hoping that the killers
> or killers get their just reward soon,they are cowards whom prey on the
> already preyed upon and the weak and disabled of our country!
> I really believe that they will get caught and it will be very soon all
the
> forces of nature and spiritual warfare demand justice! "A Brother In Peace
> And Strife"  Bill Tinker
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: unclescam <unclescam@buskers.org>
> To: Graeme Bacque <gbacque@idirect.com>; HPN <hpn@aspin.asu.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, December 23, 1999 11:18 AM
> Subject: Re: Violence Is Becoming a Threat for Homeless
>
>
> > where's the solution ?
> > this story, if read by the angry youth , will spur more violence, as the
> target
> > has been defined and the facts show that the law does not protect the
> outcast.
> > nothing new in this. i've been one since the sixties and have felt the
> blows.
> > i've carried weopons for protection, it doesn't work.
> > where's the solution ?
> > unfortunately for the face of the homeless, the drunks and panhandlers,
> they
> > don't keep a good grip on their surroundings and are easy targets. on
the
> other
> > hand they draw off the bile and in taking the blow prevent attacks on
the
> > invisible homeless. like the bird faking broken wing to draw the
predator
> from
> > the nest.
> > where's the solution ?
> > give us your solurtion not a rehash of fake death reports by a leading
> apologist
> > for the system, the n y times.
> > i don't need a law to arrest em, after they kill me.
> >
> >
> >
> > Graeme Bacque wrote:
> >
> > > December 23, 1999 The New York Times
> > >
> > > Violence Is Becoming a Threat for Homeless
> > > By EVELYN NIEVES
> > >
> > > SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22 -- In Denver, five were pummeled to death and
two
> > > more beheaded. In Richmond, Va., one was beaten, stabbed and beheaded,
> his
> > > head then carried nearly a mile and placed for display on a
footbridge.
> In
> > > Seattle, one was stabbed 18 times, another beaten bloody and then
> stabbed.
> > >
> > > There were others. One in Dallas, pelted with bullets from a 12-gauge
> > > shotgun for rummaging through trash. One in Chico, Calif., beaten to
> death
> > > for begging for spare change. Three in Portland, Ore., strangled for
who
> > > knows what.
> > >
> > > They were all homeless people killed over the last year. And these
were
> > > just the killings that made the news. Exactly how many homeless people
> have
> > > been victims of savage attacks is unknown. Police departments do not
> > > tabulate crimes against homeless people, and in many cases, such as
> several
> > > beatings that have frightened the large homeless population here,
those
> who
> > > survive attacks often do not report them.
> > >
> > > What appears certain, advocates for the homeless say, is that living
on
> the
> > > streets is becoming more dangerous. In the last few years, police
> > > departments across the country have reported more frequent, more
vicious
> > > attacks on those who are homeless. Nearly always, the victims are
> ambushed
> > > as they sleep. Nearly as often, the suspects, who are not always
caught,
> > > are described as young men who appear to attack for no reason. In some
> > > cases, suspects call it "bum-bashing" or "troll-busting," police and
> > > advocates for the homeless say.
> > >
> > > Attacks against homeless people rarely get attention, but nationally,
> > > violence against people who are unsheltered is becoming so common that
> the
> > > National Coalition for the Homeless is asking Congress to consider
> > > "homeless people" as a maligned minority, or protected class, in
> drafting
> > > any new legislation against hate crimes.
> > >
> > > "There have always been isolated instances of homeless people being
set
> on
> > > fire," said Michael Stoops, a community organizer for the National
> > > Coalition. "But what we're seeing now is a trend. And what's most
> > > disturbing is that the likely suspects continue to be young people."
> > >
> > > Based on news reports, the coalition has counted 29 homeless people
who
> > > were killed in 1999 in 11 cities, from San Francisco to Richmond, Va.
It
> > > listed six others who barely survived attacks. The youngest suspects
in
> > > these cases were 14 years old, and most were under 21.
> > >
> > > No one can say for sure why young people in particular seem to be
> attacking
> > > homeless people in increasing numbers. But looking at arrests in cases
> of
> > > violence against homeless people over several years, by far the
majority
> of
> > > the suspects were young teenagers, or even pre-teenage boys, who
bragged
> > > about the attacks afterward.
> > >
> > > In Seattle, for example, a 14-year-old middle school student was
> convicted
> > > in March in the death of a 50-year-old homeless man. The youth struck
> the
> > > victim repeatedly with a skateboard, robbed him, then stabbed him to
> death
> > > with a pocket knife. He was caught a week later, when witnesses told
> police
> > > he had been boasting about killing a "bum." In that same city, three
> > > teenagers were charged in August with the murder of a 46-year-old
> homeless
> > > man as he tried to sleep beneath an interstate overpass. Prosecutors
> said
> > > that one told friends, "Let's just say there's one less bum on the
face
> of
> > > the Earth."
> > >
> > > John Urquhart, a spokesman for the King County sheriff's office, which
> > > covers Seattle, said he believed that the homeless were singled out
> > > probably because they are accessible, anonymous and stigmatized as
> > > "throwaways of society."
> > >
> > > Indeed, many advocates for the homeless blame increasing crackdowns on
> > > homeless people for sitting, sleeping or lying in public spaces as a
> > > significant factor in the increased attacks. In Chicago, a homeless
man
> was
> > > doused with a flammable chemical and set aflame as he slept on a park
> bench
> > > in July. He suffered third-degree burns over 20 percent of his body.
> John
> > > Donahue, executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless,
> > >
> > > said that he had noticed more of these kinds of attacks with the
> increased
> > > gentrification of the city, the fencing of lower Wacker Drive, where
an
> > > encampment of homeless people had lived undisturbed for years, and the
> > > increased police enforcement of laws designed to keep people off the
> streets.
> > >
> > > "It's the underpinning of these hate crimes," he said. "It legitimizes
> them
> > > because these people don't count. These people are criminals for being
> poor
> > > -- that's what the official position is saying about these people."
> > >
> > > Mr. Stoops of the National Coalition said that when he visited high
> schools
> > > and asked students what they thought about homeless people, they often
> > > called them bums and drunks who were too lazy to work. "We're
obviously
> > > sending a message to our young people that homeless people are not
> worthy
> > > of their respect," he said.
> > >
> > > In Denver, where the only suspects in a spate of seven slayings since
> > > September are a 16-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old charged
> with
> > > murder for the death of one victim (and accused of the nonfatal
beatings
> of
> > > five other homeless people), police are investigating talk on the
> streets
> > > that a pack of young men has been picking on homeless people for
> thrills.
> > > In the only case so far with a witness, police said that someone
> reported
> > > several juvenile men a homeless man in a downtown alley.
> > >
> > > The perpetrators, said Lt. Judith Will of the Denver Police
Department,
> > > "may get a sort of high or thrill by beating up people, and homeless
are
> > > such an easy target."
> > >
> > > There are, of course, instances where homeless people are killed
simply
> > > because they provide convenient targets for a deranged person. Such
was
> the
> > > case in San Francisco last year, when a man who believed he was a
> vampire
> > > slashed the throats of four homeless people, one fatally, and then
drank
> > > their blood. In other cases, as one in San Francisco earlier this year
> > > where a homeless man standing on a corner was killed by a bullet meant
> for
> > > someone else, the victim is a bystander. And because many people on
the
> > > streets are mentally ill or drug addicted or both, they are easier to
> > > victimize and harder to help, police say, since they are often unable
to
> > > describe the time and place of their attacks or their attackers.
> > >
> > > In some cases, police say that they can find no evidence of attacks.
In
> > > Rapid City, S. D., eight homeless men have drowned in a trout stream
in
> > > less than two years, including three this year. The Rapid City Police
> > > Department initially considered the cases accidental drownings because
> the
> > > men all had high blood alcohol levels. But homeless men have insisted
> that
> > > the victims, six of whom were American Indians, had actually been
pushed
> > > into the stream by racist white youths while the victims lay passed
out
> > > from alcohol. Chief Tom Hennies of the Rapid City police said that the
> > > department, with help from state and federal law-enforcement
officials,
> was
> > > now considering the drownings possible homicides, "even though we
don't
> > > have a shred of physical proof."
> > >
> > > In Anchorage, where three homeless people were killed this year, at
> least a
> > > dozen older, homeless men have said they were attacked by bands of
> > > marauding youths. But they were not able to provide concrete details
of
> the
> > > crimes or suspects, the police said.
> > >
> > > The only comprehensive survey done on violence against homeless people
> was
> > > a study in New York City in 1994, after several attacks where youths
set
> > > fire to sleeping homeless people. The survey found that 80 percent of
> > > homeless people had been victims of violent crime.
> > >
> > > While there have been no spectacular incidents of violence against
> homeless
> > > people in New York since the survey was done, Mary Ann Brosnahan,
> director
> > > of the New York Coalition for the Homeless, said the coalition
> occasionally
> > > heard anecdotal reports of harassment.
> > > "We know that homeless people are far more likely to be the victims of
> > > violent crime," Ms. Brosnahan said, "than the perpetrators."
> >
> >
>
>
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