One Suspect in Derrion Albert’s Killing ‘Fesses Up

Via CNN:

One of the suspects accused of killing an honor student in a beating captured on tape in Chicago has admitted to jumping on the victim’s head after he was already lying on the ground, said a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney.

In the videotaped confession, 19-year-old Silvanus Shannon also said that the victim, Derrion Albert, 16, never struck him, said the spokeswoman, Tandra Simonton.

Well, someone is dealing with reality at last. I think this bunch is going to be thrown the book, no matter how plaintively their mothers weep about their sons being incapable of such ugliness and brutality. The video has gone around the world. That’s who they are, at least at this moment in their lives.

Apparently, it was Eugene Bailey who delivered the coup de grace to Derrion Albert, say Cook County prosecutors, in the gang fracas that enveloped students trying to walk home from school. After being knocked in the head by a railroad tie wielded by sixteen-year-old Eric Carson, Albert tried to rise, but eighteen-year-old Eugene Bailey repeatedly socked him in the forehead, leaving him unconscious on the sidewalk. As a result, bail was denied for Bailey on Tuesday, and he too, remains in the slammer. All four suspects are being held without bond.

Frankly, I wish the video hadn’t been seen over and over again. People are focusing too much on the bestiality. I’m sure some people are getting off on it, too; and for some others, it must confirm something sinister about black people. Whatever. I’ve got some apartheid massacres to compare with this. All in all, watching the video means that most people are not focusing on answers: about how to get these children out of gangs, and if they’re too incorrigible, getting them out of everyday society, incarcerated and rehabilitated, if possible.

About Derrion himself:

Derrion Albert was different from the other boys in the often violent and tense neighborhood of Roseland in South Side Chicago.

“He had a different attitude. And I’m not saying he was perfect, but when you ask him to turn his hat to the back or take it off, he wouldn’t put it on the back or hang it off his head or say to you, like the other boys do, ‘F**k that!’ He would just do what you asked,” Ameena Matthews said.

In other words, Derrion wasn’t an angry young man. He didn’t give any defiant lip to his elders, or threaten them, but neither did that mean he was a pushover or weak for listening to the advice, direction or reprimand of adults. He figured out that all this was for his benefit, whether he liked it or not, and it was not something to be ignored or fought. When his grandmother finally died after a long illness, he went to live with his 11-year-old sister’s grandmother, Eunice Cross. His mother, Anjanette, returned to their Mount Vernon, Ill. home. During that time with Cross, he didn’t take advantage of the situation that many would have to slack off on his studies. Furthermore, he helped with household chores and did extra when asked.

It appears that he wasn’t above doing the kinds of things that many of his peers would evade as rites of responsibility, like emptying the trash and putting out the garbage cans for collection. “He never gave me trouble. He wasn’t disrespectful at all,” Cross told WGN. “He was a smart boy, he went to school, and he got good grades.” Only recently, Derrion had decided to go live with an older cousin in the Roseland area.

In short, Derrion Albert, who lived with extended family members who loved and encouraged him, was making his way in the world relatively untroubled and focused on the future. Unlike some of his other peers.

Matthews is a mediator, which means kids come to her and tell her that a dispute is about to boil over into violence; she picks up the phone and calls the two sides and talks it out.

Last school year, Albert complained to her that some boys were threatening him and that his leather jacket and shoes had been stolen from his locker.

“That boy tried. He complained to his teacher; he complained to me,” she said.

But Albert, like many kids, hung out with some of the same boys who were known to menace other children in the neighborhood.

And that did not mean that he was a pushover for guys who were gangbangers, either. He, like most kids in the neighborhood, were just being friendly to each other. But he refrained from acting a fool or entering the thug life and this, family spokesperson the Reverend Victor Grandberry is convinced, contributed to his death. “I think [gangs] tried to recruit him, and he said no, and he just tried to go home, and they just jumped on him.”

President and Mrs. Obama and Oprah Winfrey are going to Europe to influence the Olympic committee to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago. Somehow, I am almost wishing they wouldn’t, and that Chicago doesn’t get the honor (and the supposed economic boost as well). Because Chicago needs a hell of a lot to deserve the Olympics at this moment. Chicago needs its backyards cleaned up; they’re stinking right now.

~ by blksista on September 29, 2009.

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