Wednesday, January 07, 2009

When Crime Hits Home

Not a lot to say right now. Although not a regular at The Standard, I certainly go there enough to be shaken by the news of the murder of one of their employees.

With difficult times, thieves and predators get more desperate and more violent. Also, cities strapped for cash make hard choices. Last week, the City of Atlanta announced all officers would take an extra day off every two weeks.

These are troubling time. It's a time where no matter on which side of the bar you stand, we all stand together.

UPDATE: There is a vigil tomorrow morning at The Standard. And that's not a typo. It's 7:00am.

Atlanta, GA, January 8, 2009 – Due to the January 7 Robbery and Murder at Grant Park bar, Standard Food and Spirits, residents of Zone 6 have united to protest cuts in police protection and public safety. January 8, 2009, concerned citizens should meet at 7:00am at The Standard to remember the victims of crimes city-wide and to voice our concerns. Participants are encouraged to bring candles to light as well as large signs and placards to help convey their message.

UPDATE II: The owners of The Standard have asked that tomorrow's event be a vigil and not a protest. Please do not bring placards and what not.


rptrcub said...

Crime is up everywhere. But I still don't understand the execution of someone. I just can't.

Unknown said...

I don't understand how a bad economy makes criminals more vicious. More numerous, yes, but more violent I don't understand.

After all, weren't they already made desperate by their own private bad economy?

I am not trying to make light of the situation and truly would like to hear some hard information to support that they become more violent.

I know that large amounts of money, like fighting over the drug trade, will result in huge violence, but this doesn't make sense to me.

Anecdotal evidence is pretty much worthless becasue violent crime in my Midtown neighbiorhood is WAY down since a year ago.