Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest “flash mob” — spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city’s tourist and fashionable shopping districts.
“Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s third black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”
“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”
Well, he’s at it again:
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Following a shooting Tuesday night in the Juniata section of the city that left three teens dead (see related story), Mayor Michael Nutter today had strong words for the shooter, calling him “a dog.”
The outraged mayor also had strong words for the parents of Philadelphia’s youth, telling them “not to act like idiots and a–holes.”
While Nutter says he is gratified about the quick arrest in the multiple shooting, he is fuming that the victims were out on Tuesday night apparently looking for trouble. And he blames their parents.
“Seven young people, somewhere between 14 and 16 years old, on a Tuesday night, a school night, are out in a car going to somewhere to have a fight with some other teenager. That is completely insane, it is irresponsible. Parents have to know where their children are and what they are doing,” the mayor said.
“Their little butts should have either been in bed, getting ready for bed, or doing some homework,” Nutter added. “Not out in a car, not in some other neighborhood, and not up to this kind of nonsense. I’m not your mom and I’m not your dad. We cannot completely legislate, or by policy, make people responsible for their children.”
Do you ever get the feeling that this Nutter’s act is just that, a pseudo-moralistic fan dance? It’s like the trashy neighbor parents who pretend to discipline their kids when they’re outside and everyone is watching them, but when they go in the house, the kids do whatever the hell they want and run as wild as they want to be, then when all the decent neighbors are asleep, the kids sneak out of the house, with their trashy parents’ countenance.
Nutter is good at popping off whenever his precious people engage in serious mischief, but that’s all he does, pop off. You would think that at some point, the preaching would be backed up with some action, and the mischief would end. But it keeps going on, which makes me wonder if the mischief really bothers him all that much. When it happens, he gets another chance to pretend to be morally indignant toward his fellow blacks in front of the local and national media. To wit: The initial crime isn’t national news, but Nutter’s bloviation does make national news, per Drudge running with it.
Meanwhile, Eyewitness News has learned Barreto has a lengthy criminal record, including at least seven arrests since 2000, mostly for drugs. But on Saint Patrick’s Day 2004, court records show Barreto was arrested for illegally possessing a gun, but those weapons charges didn’t stick.
Authorities say police chased Barreto down after he was seen acting suspicious on what they considered a known drug corner. They found him in possession of marijuana but also with a gun, which was illegal because he was already a convicted felon according to Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams.
Barreto was charged with five gun-related crimes, including trying to scrape off the serial number on the gun, but the charges were dropped six months later. His defense attorney at the time, Anthony Stefanski, says the judge ruled that police illegally searched Barreto that day without cause, so prosecutors were left with no evidence and little choice but to drop the charges.
Mayor Nutter says this is another example of how difficult it can be for the city to go after illegal guns with the laws that are on the books.
“I don’t know what happened in his last case, but anyone running around with an illegal weapon or certainly one where the serial number has been obliterated is not a person that should be around. They should be away for a long, long period of time,” he said. “This is insane, and we must crack down on these individuals.”
So this suspect was a felon in possession, but couldn’t be canned because of a technicality of an “illegal” police search, probably on the grounds of “racial profiling.” And Nutter is pretending to be upset that the gun charge didn’t stick! Hell, people like Michael Nutter wanted all these technicality minefields between an arrest and a conviction for the sake of civil rights and racial fairness. Even if Barreto would have been convicted and sent to prison, these “seven young people somewhere between 14 and 16 years old” would have gone out to fight someone else who would have killed three of them. BTW, filing a serial number off a firearm is a Federal offense. Where was the precious U.S. Attorney’s Office? Maybe the police search violated city or state law, but a Federal judge might not have found anything wrong with it.
Sorry, Nutter, I’m not buying your act anymore. If I ever did.