IMAGINARY BLACK MEN TARGETING POLICE IN PHILADELPHIA
May 18 2010
Philadelphia, PA – In the late 1980’s there was a public uprising, a rebellion of sorts and it was directed at the very people designated to keep law and order. The voices of that rebellion were Chuck D., Ice Cube, and Spike Lee. With a black President it seems
odd that only twenty years ago black people felt, mostly justifiably, as though they were still being treated as second class citizens, particularly by the police. That inevitably led to a rebellion led by the people with voices, musicians and filmmakers that helped to free and entire race from the new shackles that had been put around their wrists.
American society is of course still not perfect and despite massive steps forward in the last two decades racism still exists throughout the country and in certain areas tension between the police and the black community is still an ever present problem. Such is the case in Philadelphia where frequent conflicts between those two parties often bring back the spectre of the past, even if said friction isn’t racially motivated at all. Enter into that the strange case of Sergeant Robert Ralston who last month became the latest victim of an imaginary mob of young black men roaming that city.
“On April 5th at about 4 am Sgt Robert Ralston radioed in that he had been shot. The sergeant stated that he had approached two black men. One of them ran away while the other drew a weapon which he was able to knock from his hands to the ground. The weapon discharged and struck Sergeant Ralston in the shoulder,” said officials for the 19th district. “After a massive manhunt for the individuals involved we have been unable to find any suspects matching the description given to us. Our first instinct was that the sergeant had shot himself but we have had a number of crimes matching this description in recent months and that leads us to conclude that there is indeed a group of imaginary and/or invisible black men roaming around our city.”
The mysterious group of men have also been linked to a series of home invasions, a number of assaults, and at least two purse snatchings.
“Philly has always been a tough town and we all know that. Growing up here you
expect crime, not a regular basis or anything, but it’s just a part of the life. A lot of that crime has been isolated to the poorer places of the city which are, unfortunately, predominantly black,” said local crime writer Hayden Newfield. “Recently though we’ve had this rash of crime by people that just seem to disappear, almost as though they were never there. A lot of the crimes happen in the wealthier and whiter parts of the city but the story is always the same. It’s always a group of young black men, usually wearing hoodies, and always carrying weapons. They leave behind no evidence making it impossible to capture them.”
Most experts believe that invisibility is more technically possible but such a status would make it impossible to determine the race of the individuals involved.
“Philadelphia is unfortunately only the latest city to be hit by imaginary criminals. Perhaps the single most memorable example of such a crime was the case of Susan Smith where an imaginary black man drowned her children. These crimes have become so common in recent years that many police agencies have even started involving the FBI to try and solve the mystery,” said Scrape TV Crime analyst Willard Weston. “The MO is almost always the same. They frequently target white families in relatively well-to-do neighbourhoods and they get out without leaving a trace. Luckily these criminals only target a very specific group of people but eventually they could become a threat to everyone.”
Two men in New York were apparently robbed by muppets but the incidents are believed to be unrelated.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent