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Boone County sheriffs looking for two suspects after home invasion

Sunday, May 10, 2009 | 3:23 p.m. CDT; updated 3:55 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 10, 2009

COLUMBIA – A 42-year-old resident  of a home on the 5500 block of Pinehurst Lane East woke up to find that two men had invaded his home Saturday night, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

When the resident awoke to find the two men in his bedroom, one of the suspects struck him in the head with a household object, giving the resident a laceration to his head. Deputies were dispatched to the home around 11:57 p.m, according to the release.

Both suspects were described in the release as two males in their twenties. One of the suspects is believed to be between 6 foot and 6 feet 3 inches tall with a slender build.

The suspects left the residence with several items, including a television and video game system.

Anyone with any information can contact CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS or the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.


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Ray Shapiro May 11, 2009 | 3:31 p.m.

From the Daily Tribune, May 11th
("the sheriff’s department said. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.

The two suspects were described as black men in their 20s, and one was between 6 feet and 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a slender build.")

The Missourian has established a pattern of not including in descriptions of violent crimes that the police reports are inludimg the fact that the "suspects" are described as BLACK MALES.

Due to this apparently intentional pattern of ommisions, I will no longer post on this site.
Efforts to discuss and resolve BLACK/WHITE racial issues, behaviors and tensions can not be discussed in a local publication that intentionally omits pertinent facts such as descriptions of the perp.
You guys can avoid reporting the facts on violent crimes in Columbia, but that does not mean that the behaviors of these BLACK gang members or GANGSA' RAP copycats will stop preying on each other, our children, the non-black community and our community-at-large.
Until I see a change in the Missourian's reporting policy and the Police Descriptions of perps' race are included, it's bye-bye for now from yours truly.
(When newspaper reporters think they are being "politically correct" instead of just reporting the facts, it's time for you guys to close down the presses.)
I am certain my absence from this commentary board will be a sigh of relief for many.
-ray shapiro

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Charles Dudley Jr May 11, 2009 | 4:15 p.m.

I mentioned this same thing to Rick yesterday ray and he was kind of surprised at first but as he thought about it more he noticed the same patterns.

ray I would not stop posting but continue to point out the obvious as we normally do.

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Anton Berkovich May 11, 2009 | 4:21 p.m.

"..or GANGSA' RAP copycats will stop preying on each other, our children, the non-black community and our community-at-large. "

I have never heard any rap music that uses the Javanese metallophone instrument that is popular in the Philippines, otherwise known as a "gangsa". Do you know where I could find this type of music, as I've always been interested in this instrument, Ray. Thanks!

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Greg Collins May 11, 2009 | 5:04 p.m.

"Efforts to discuss and resolve BLACK/WHITE racial issues, behaviors and tensions can not be discussed in a local publication that intentionally omits pertinent facts such as descriptions of the perp."

I agree wholeheartedly. A crime has occurred, witnesses are questioned and the hunt for a pair of suspects is on.

But if it were left solely to the Missourian, the community is left with a generic description which is essentially useless.

Gender, race and age are the top three descriptive features I expect from any news organization and especially one training future journalists. Race identification is useful in a hunt for a suspect because it helps eliminate suspects and narrow the focus.

Attempting to create an illusion of racial harmony and political correctness should not come at the expense of public safety. Where's the journalistic courage to print the facts as known?

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