Yet Another Armed Robbery at Marquette
Public Safety UpdateThis is just the most recent in a spate of robberies around Marquette.
The Department of Public Safety apprehended five suspects within minutes of an armed robbery that occurred early Friday morning in the 2000 block of W. Wisconsin Avenue. The victim, a Marquette student, was approached by the suspects while walking alone and shown a weapon. The suspects took the victim’s personal possessions and fled on foot. The victim was not physically injured and immediately entered a nearby building to call Public Safety. Public Safety officers immediately responded and were able to catch the suspects. All five suspects are now in police custody. Milwaukee Police do not believe that this incident is related to any previous incident involving Marquette students.
Public Safety reports that the surveillance cameras in place in the area were key in locating the suspects quickly. More than 300 cameras located on- and off-campus provide constant surveillance footage to the Command Information Center located in the Public Safety headquarters.
All members of the Marquette community are reminded to make use of the university’s numerous safety resources and not to walk alone after dark. These services include door-to-door LIMO service, the LIMO Express shuttle, or Public Safety foot patrols. More than 200 blue light phones around campus are also available to call for an escort or to report suspicious activity at any time.
In addition, students leaving town for Spring Break are encouraged to take advantage of Public Safety’s Vacant House Watch program so that their residence can be monitored while they are away. Call Public Safety at 288-6800 for more information.
Indeed, although Marquette officials refuse to use the word, kidnapping was involved in the previous ones.
Brian Collar at GOP3 has been keeping track of this issue.
Back in the early 1990s, then Marquette President Albert DiUlio felt the need to deal with the perception that Marquette was a dangerous place, and did so by dumping millions of Marquette’s money into a program called “Campus Circle” -- a redevelopment plan that made the area adjacent to Marquette more attractive at horrendous cost.
It seemed to “work,” or at least the bad publicity died down.
But in reality a campus near a dangerous area of a dangerous city is never going to be as safe as a campus in some bucolic rural area.
But the situation in Milwaukee is made worse by the rather lax attitude civic elites have toward law enforcement.
We wonder whether the “social justice” crowd at Marquette will decide that muggers, robbers and kidnappers ought to be punished, or whether they will continue to wring their hands when punishment disproportionately falls on black criminals.
In fact, all five suspects in this particular case were black males. The e-mail doesn’t say that -- something that might be justified given that none of them were still at large. But it’s relevant if we want to understand the crime problem at Marquette. Being located near the inner city is no fun.
This situation should test the old saying that “a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.”
Well, “social justice” advocates, what will it be?