This heart-wrenching video shows the brutal, unprovoked murder of Chicago teenager Derrion Albert. Albert was caught in a melee involving rival neighborhood gangs. By every account, Derrion was a good kid--a solid student, well-behaved, no gang affiliation and absolutely no problems with the law. At the time of his murder, Derrion was exactly where he was supposed be, doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing--walking straight home after school.
The story behind this tragic incident is familiar to anyone who knows much about what goes on in Chicago schools. Tensions between a core group of criminal students escalated for a week, eventuating in the savagery we see in the video. Teachers and school personnel are almost always aware when such tensions are rising. Sometimes they succeed in diffusing those tensions before violence erupts, but often they are helpless in the face of determined, havoc-wreaking thugs who hold their schools and neighborhoods hostage (see my previous comments on the subject).
Joe the Cop (a suburban Chicago detective) notes that after school brawls occur regularly on the south and west sides of Chicago. They represent a constant drain on police resources. As the Derrion Albert murder video has gone viral, plenty of outrage has been expressed, but Joe is not hopeful that Derrion's murder will lead to any meaningful improvements in this sorry state of affairs. I'm inclined to agree with him.
Joe does offer one suggestion I haven't heard before--supplying citizens with video cameras and offering rewards for turning videos of crimes over to the police. The Derrion Albert video did, in fact, lead to the quick arrest of four suspects. Three more teens are being sought by police.