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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

“Crime Falling” in Montgomery, AL: 8 Shot, Including Children, at Sentimental Reunion of Hundreds of Current and Former Residents of Trenholm Court

Projects; Police Had Not been Notified of Event
By Nicholas Stix

Montgomery PD Chief Kevin Murphy “stressed that a small number of people were responsible for the shootings and that most who attended the reunion just wanted to have a good time with their families.

“‘You should not condemn a community for the acts of a few,’ Murphy said of Trenholm Court, a housing area off Columbus Street near downtown Montgomery.”

Murphy’s words were echoed by a commenter, usmc334, but that won’t cut it. If most blacks were law-abiding, and supported the police, it would be a different story. But the reality is that whenever law enforcement seeks to crack down on black criminals, “the community” stands behind the thugs, screaming “racial profiling!” And when the thugs wreak mayhem, “the community” stands behind them, and honors the “don’t snitch” rule, lies on their behalf, or otherwise aides and abets them. And when blacks do initially cooperate with law enforcement, they then frequently perjure themselves, “recanting” their initial police reports and/or trial testimony.

And so, decent, honest people can and must condemn the community.

But never mind, because in Montgomery, crime has fallen 16 percent!
 

Eight shot at Montgomery park
By Scott Johnson
Montgomery Advertiser

 

 

At least eight people were shot Saturday evening at a gathering of several hundred people at Oak Park.

Police Chief Kevin Murphy said some of the injured were children but he did not know how many or how old they were.

Victims were taken to both Jackson Hospital and Baptist Medical Center South, some by ambulance and some by personal vehicle, said Sgt. Donna Mackey, a Montgomery Police Department spokeswoman.

A news release from Mackey on Saturday night stated all the victims were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Details were limited Saturday night as police were processing the scene and pursuing leads. Police were not sure how many shooters were involved.

The gathering was a reunion for current and former Trenholm Court residents, Murphy said. It was not immediately known, however, whether any of the shooters were taking part in the reunion.

Many of the victims were found at locations other than the park, having fled the gunfire, Mackey said.

Murphy stressed that a small number of people were responsible for the shootings and that most who attended the reunion just wanted to have a good time with their families.

"You should not condemn a community for the acts of a few," Murphy said of Trenholm Court, a housing area off Columbus Street near downtown Montgomery.

Murphy, dressed in civilian clothes Saturday evening, stood nearby as officers directed a long line of cars out of the park onto Forest Avenue, which police and fire officials had blocked off to any through traffic.

Police received the initial call reporting shots fired at the park about 6:15 p.m., Mackey said.

When police arrived on the scene, there were some people who began running, Murphy said.

Because the gathering was so large, it was difficult early in the investigation for police to determine exactly what happened, Murphy said.

"It will take a while to sort it out," he said.

Police are asking for anyone with information about the shooting to call the Police Department at 241-2651, the Secret Witness line at 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-7867.

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