Somehow, I feel It's come to this: The rest of us turn our backs on these neighborhoods, and the blue-light camera is the only one still looking.I have no problem with innocent victims (people who don't know the criminal and weren't doing something criminal at the time) getting more sympathy than non-so-innocent victims. But I do find something slightly disturbing when people care more about animal suffering than human suffering. It's all just a bit too precious for me.
No similar urgency for justice swells up around most crimes in Baltimore, the largely anonymous shootings and other mayhem that afflict some neighborhoods on a near-daily basis. The reason, some will say, is because Phoenix was totally innocent and so often the human victims aren't.
Of course there are animals being hurt in this world right now. (It reminds me of some friends in Bali last year telling me, "Of course we kill and eat dogs--but only the bad ones.") But to cry over animal suffering while ignoring human suffering? I don't get it. Only one-in-twenty felony prosecutions ends up in trial. I mean, of all the crimes in Baltimore, is this really a good use of limited resources? Right now this same courtroom would better be used to prosecute someone who has inflicted human cruelty.