MARCH 11, 2011
To create “racial reconciliation,” the city that protected an illegal immigrant child rapist who massacred three youths is offering its most violent criminals therapy, education and jobs in lieu of prison.Known as “hug-a-thug,” the goal is to rehab vicious gangbangers with tender loving care rather than the harsh punishment that they probably deserve. The program has failed miserably in two cities—Stockton, California and Cincinnati—yet officials inNewark will launch it this month, according to a local newspaper report.Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy claims it’s the next step in the “evolution of policing” because its “proactive” instead of “reactive,” whatever that means. It will also establish much-needed “racial reconciliation” in New Jersey’s largest city, the police chief says. The mayor asserts that the initiative is a “powerful new policing approach” that will fight crime.”Currently, we are locking up hundreds and hundreds of people who are involved in gangs,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said. “Young men are going in and out of prisons and we, as a community, are not doing nearly enough to break this cycle of recidivism, which is consuming the lives of too many who are caught up in this dangerous lifestyle — and doing horrible collateral damage to Newark.”Here is how the new program will work; authorities will invite street gangs and drug dealers to meetings with community leaders and law enforcement officials who will “implore” them to stop violent acts in exchange for job offers and “other assistance.” Those who don’t agree will receive a stern warning that their group will be dismantled “by any means necessary.”A sanctuary for illegal immigrants, Newark made worldwide headlines a few years ago for shielding an illegal immigrant gangbanger who murdered, execution-style, three college-bound students at a schoolyard. A fourth student survived but was seriously wounded by the gunman. The assailant, a Peruvian national named Jose Carranza, had a lengthy record when he committed the gruesome crimes but the city’s sanctuary policies protected him from deportation.Carranza had been arrested on various occasions and had been indicted on more than 30 counts of child abuse, aggravated sexual assault of a child and weapons violations. Yet he was free on a $150,000 bond when he shot the four youths at a schoolyard in 2007 because the Newark Police Department has a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy when it comes to inquiring about a defendant’s immigration status.A few months later the city was embroiled in a separate scandal involving longtime Mayor Sharpe James (72-years old and married) who got convicted of corruption for getting his young mistress heavily discounted public property that she later sold for large profits.
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