Friday, March 14, 2008

Yet Another Armed Robbery at Marquette

From an e-mail sent to everyone in the Marquette community.
Public Safety Update

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.
This is just the most recent in a spate of robberies around Marquette.

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?

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Blogger James Pawlak said...

Since the police do not seem able to provide protection for MU students, a certain and selective use of armed students, 2-inch hemp rope and lamp posts might do something effective to enforce those MU people's Natural Law right of self-defense.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Randi said...

2-inch hemp rope and lamp posts?? I don't get it. Care to explain further?

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"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."

Can you name one member of the "social justice" crowd at Marquette who thinks muggers, robbers and kidnappers should not be punished? Just one?

(And by the way, the bit I quoted is a textbook example of what in logic is called a false dilemma. In case you don't know what that means, the two things separated by the "or" are completely consistent.)

And J.P., wow, you should probably keep your lynching fantasies to yourself. They are very revealing of your character.

12:08 AM  
Blogger James Pawlak said...

vigilantes (And Lynching) is the natural and Natural Law supporting of order and justice when the civil authorities are unable or unwilling to protect the People. It is NOT a matter of fantasies but of history and necessity.


5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J.P., What you don't seem to realize is that lynching in this country has traditionally had absolutely nothing to do with justice, order or stepping in to enforce laws. It has primarily had to do with killing people because of the color of their skin.

Where the fantasy comes in is your thinking that lynching is about order and justice, unless your idea of order is white supremacy.

8:35 PM  
Blogger James Pawlak said...

Ignorance rules! Look to the efforts to establish basic law and order in California c. 1849-52. I suggest that the race-based deconstructionests of history require more study and thought.

5:51 PM  

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