“They’re gone. The case is closed. They’re no longer in my house. I don’t know where they went.” Those are the words of a New York City resident, identified only as Jesús.
His fifteen minutes of fame followed his compliance with an order by Danny Morales, the superintendent of the apartment building he lives in in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, to give the boot to a pair of siblings whom he had allowed to bed down for the week.
The younger of the two, Julien Rodriguez, had offended Morales, whose nephew is a cop, by loudly broadcasting a hip hop song titled “F*ck Tha Police” during the funeral for an NYPD officer who had been felled by an assassin’s bullet. Miosotis Familia, a mother of three, was shot in the head as she sat in her squad car July 5. The killer, who had reportedly expressed anti-police sentiments, was himself fatally shot by officers responding to reports of an “officer down.”
Rodriguez told the New York Post that he had decided to blast the song from his third-story apartment as “revenge” for his brother, whom he claimed was shot by cop — an assertion that reporters were unable to confirm.
Members of the force who had come to mourn the senseless murder of one of their own were understandably infuriated by the show of disrespect. So was Danny Morales, who told reporters “I called him,” referring to Jesús, “and told him he needs to take care of this right away. I told him it’s disrespectful and they can’t be doing this. The police lost a family member. We all need to come together and respect that.”
As for Jesús’s post mortem — “They’re gone. The case is closed” — that observation is not totally accurate. The Rodriguezes are physically gone, but there are plenty of others of like mind to take their place. All have been conditioned by eight years of continuous brainwashing by the Obama administration, and the lesson has taken. Young people of color now believe the lie that the police are their mortal foes. Until they learn the truth, we can expect more incidents like this one. More cop killings, too.