Hinky, Hinky, Hinky
Source: Chicago Sun-Times (More coverage at the Chicago Tribune and NBC5)
The FBI is investigating an incident in which a 75-year-old Chicago man who recently recovered from a stroke was dragged from his car by Stroger Hospital security guards.The first alarm bell that went off for me is, of course, the wording choices of the reporter. Will these people ever get it that they are supposed to report the story, not spin it? And, yes, sadly, that was a rhetorical question.
The man -- who had been waiting to pick up his wife from her job at a clinic across the street from the West Side hospital -- was roughed up enough to require medical treatment.
Augustin Sotomayor was waiting in his car in a no-parking zone Monday when the armed guards approached.
They ordered him to move, but also began asking about his ethnicity and citizenship, his wife told the Chicago Sun-Times. When he reached for his wallet, the guards opened the door and ripped him from the car, the wife said.
Sotomayor suffered cuts and bruises and was undergoing heart tests Wednesday as his family struggled to understand why the incident happened.
"It was very scary," said Sotomayor's wife, Manuela, who has worked as a patient-care attendant at the Ruth Rothstein CORE Center since 1998. Like Stroger Hospital, the center is operated by Cook County government.
Was the officer supposed to treat Sotomayor differently because he was recovering from a stroke (and how, exactly, was the officer supposed to determine this by looking at him?), or are we being fed this tidbit right up front as an emotional gambit? Are we actually supposed to believe that "dragged," "roughed up" and "ripped" were the clearest, most unemotionally journalistic verbs the reporter could find?
But here's what really started my hinky bells a-janglin'...
"What the hell does someone's citizenship have to do with anything?" asked county Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, a family friend. "Dragging this old man out of his car, beating him up; I don't care what he did -- what kind of law enforcement is that?"Hmmm. Roberto Maldonado, Cook County Commissioner. It seems to me I've read something else about that guy very recently. Jake referred to it in this post.
On September 7th Maldonado introduced a resolution to make Cook County a sanctuary for
Something's rotten in the city of Chicago.
Hinky, hinky. hinky.
Illegal Immigration * Hinky * Sanctuary * Chicago * Cook County * Roberto Maldonado