Friday, February 24, 2006

D.A. John Morganelli said the recent Easton homicides are evidence of an alarming trend of young minorities becoming victims and assailants

Bevin Milavsky:

Erick Casimir, 22, of Easton, was gunned down Tuesday night in the first block of South 11th Street, making him the second homicide victim in Easton in the past two weeks and the third in the area this year.

Morganelli noted in every case this year, the victim was black.

"We've lost three young, black kids. Now we have another young, black kid dead," he said. "These are young kids who are becoming the victims of gun violence, and it's black-on-black crime."

Earlier this week Morganelli announced former Easton police detective Barry Golazeski as the new anti-gang official in the county. Police have said the Spring Garden Street shooting may be linked to gang activity.

Morganelli said gangs perpetuate not only violence but racial separation. He said he is concerned about all violence, not just gang-related incidents.

Morganelli wants to unite law enforcement with area organizations that can reach out to local youth and get them off the streets.

"We need to try to work with the NAACP and some of the black churches to get the message out to the young people," he said. "Unfortunately, these are a lot of the people who are lower income. The kids see glorified things about gangs on TV. Some of them don't have strong leadership at home."

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Morganelli wants strike force to focus on gangs

DA sends a message: Get gangs off region's streets

Easton boy, 14, is charged with homicide in shooting


At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"to work with the NAACP and some of the black churches"

The naivete is startling: as if talking to the NAACP and "black churches" will be of any help.

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, Morganelli is too much of a coward to point out that black-on-black crime is helping to eliminate future criminals.

At 8:03 AM, Blogger Sliding Ed said...

When our child was 7 years he revealed that he was sexually assaulted by his first grade teacher. We filed a Police report with Colonial Regional Police and than were required to meet with Detective Hammer and Morganelli’s assistant DA. In confidence and trust our son made his statement in Morganelli’s Office. A bogus investigation followed along with a conflicting police report made by Detective Gary Hammer. Since they were not going to move forward in this case this Police report was supposed to be sealed and kept confidential, instead it was distributed through the mail. According to the Northampton Schools district response they stated they got a copy from Morganelli’s Office. This confidential police report by my son and many other 6 and 7 year old children’s statements which included full names and addresses have been made public. The Teacher was transferred when Detective Hammers son was placed in this Teachers first grade pod. When we confronted Morganelli he stated his office did not distribute this report and said there is no need for an investigation on how this confidential report was made public. Morganalli stated 6 and 7 year old children do not make good witnesses, even though he knew the school district withheld and gave false information.
Through our experience this police report was not kept confidential! Answers are still left open and the cover-up continues.


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