Clan warfare maybe, but gangs too?
This is the second ‘Somali watch’ post I promised this morning, thanks to our unofficial Somali researcher, blulitespecial.
This story from the Minneapolis Star Tribune is from the end of June and we missed it, as did most of you, because these stories do not make it to the national media—it goes against most reporters’ notion of the beauty of cultural diversity.
Police and a Somali leader [where do we know him from?] met with members of the Somali community Friday to seek their help to find suspects in four unsolved slayings of Somali men since December in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center.
Brooklyn Center police Cmdr. Stu Robinson and Minneapolis Lt. Amelia Huffman, head of the homicide unit, told the group that police can’t solve the killings without community help.
“I was begging them to have their people come forward,” Robinson said. “Unless they step up, the cycle will continue and there will be more people dying in their community. It’s no different than other communities.”
Some Somalis at the meeting said they fear talking to police because of immigration status. [Ed: What the heck, I thought they were all here legally!] “I said we don’t ask and don’t care,” Robinson said. “We want to help stop the violence in your community and the greater community, that includes Brooklyn Center.”
Jamal [Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center] said word in the Somali community is that friends of Jama [one of the guys who was murdered] think they know the shooter and may try to kill him. He said he encouraged people to give tips on the suspect to police instead because “it is almost like open warfare right now among the Somali minors and youth. We are deeply troubled.”
As I read this story I wondered if some of these gang members went over to Postville, Iowa in the recent migration for meatpacking jobs.
Then there is this:
Jamal said some of his people are afraid Somali gangs are involved and may retaliate if members of the community name suspects. Some hide suspects who are in their clans, as they did in Somalia, and sometimes try to smuggle them out of the country, Jamal said.
So, in addition to gangs we now have clans! And, then I wondered, if they can smuggle them out of the country are they also smuggling them in? Hum!
Endnote: I thought I recognized the name Omar Jamal. You can read all about him here. He was defending the Somali Hallway Rapist last summer whose violent act was caught on camera. Busy guy, Jamal, wonder if he got the rapist freed. Does anyone know?