Portland Lowers Flag - To Honor Gang Banger

December 1, 2011 - 1:28 PM

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Portland's city hall is honoring a gang banger today.

I've seen the other wacky things it stands up for…like a million and a half dollars flushed on wastoid occupiers…or policies that let cross-dressing men join your wives and daughters in the locker room at the public pool.

Now, we have a government tribute to Julio Marquez…a 13 year old being portrayed as simply a child victim of homicidal violence.

Commissioner Dan Saltzman got the city council to agree that any time a child died of homicide, flags would be lowered to half staff at city hall. Thus, Marquez is being so honored today.

But, is Marquez really a victim?

Marquez:

  • Had been arrested several times for theft and assault,
  • Was on probation,
  • Had been wearing a court ordered electronic monitoring device,
  • Bragged on the Internet about smoking dope, and about belonging to the violent Sureño Hispanic gang.

His Facebook page comment: “I love gang banging violence.”

He even talked about how he had been searching for someone, “but their lucky they were hiding.”

That was his last post - he was shot to death hours later.

I see no reason for city hall to honor a violent gang member who came to a violent end – especially when it doesn’t even honor the deaths of military personnel in the same manner.

Is that really the message we want to send to the rest of the kids out there?

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