July 25, 2005

Violence in the QCs: Teen murder again

Davenport police were trying to determine late Sunday how the body of a 19-year-old Davenport man ended up in the trunk of a car.

The body was discovered around 2 p.m. in a car parked near Central Park Avenue and Brady Street.

Officers said they were investigating the case as a homicide; the man had wounds on his upper torso. They also believed he was not killed where the vehicle was found.

Police said late Sunday that they know the victim's identity but were not yet releasing his name. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

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At 7/25/2005 10:32 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Is Mike Jacobs going to get his picture taken with the teens parents?

At 7/25/2005 6:23 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Davenport has some serious problems with violence and I hope the police and the City have come up with some ideas to reduce the violence.

At 7/25/2005 7:01 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It's true that Davenport is plagued more severely with gang activity, at least judging by the shootings and murders over there.

I'm sure that the first subsconsious thought of many upon reading things like this are first "well, it's just a black gang-banger... oh well." and "It's in Davenport, not my problem."

Obviously, neither is helpful. It's really a shame.

At 7/26/2005 7:07 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Yes, and sadly today the paper says he was killed for $17. But likely it was for the root cause of gang against gang and hatred and turf war.

Davenport needs new leadership and is about to see that with the old mayor stepping down. Someone new will take the charge and hopefully know how to lead.

At 7/27/2005 1:31 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Obviously, the problem also lies with the Davenport PD. (which of course is supposed to be controled by the Mayor, so your point is well taken). But for many years the Davenport PD has been probably the worst in the quad cities on many accounts.
For several years, it seems like they'd total a squad car about once a week, they've had countless number of "bad" cops revealed as crooks themselves or renegade sadists. They've shot dead an unarmed mentally ill man on the street, and on and on.
It seems like Phil Yerington was a good influence in the department while he was there, but he got squeezed out and the PD has again gone downhill.
It seem obvious that the Davenport PD needs to give their gang unit more focus and improve their effectiveness.

At 7/27/2005 6:41 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope I agree the PD is the root problem here in that either they are misguided, lack direction, or are just plain corrupt.

The new chief Bladel was to bring credibility to the department when he was hired away from the Scott Co Sheriff's watch a few years back but he blew it big time with the whole Yerrington deal and his termination. Despite what the power brokers think, Yerrington wields a lot of political power still as a former Mayor. That should be obvious to anyone. Terminating Yerrington in such an awful way lost much of Bladel's credibility and thus his department is spinning out of control. There were many other ways to handle termination that would not have been so public and embarrassing to everyone.

Who suffers? The general public the PD are to serve. The City needs to bring in fresh blood from outside to lead the department. The new mayor whomever that is in the near future could make steps to do this by encourageing Bladel to step down and take his pension.

If that can't happen, then the Mayor needs to get more involved in the police programs and take a look under a microscope on what's going on daily. They must have a moral problem for the lack of police presence over there.

Too much street fighting in too many pockets in the city. Maybe they need more bodies in uniform on the street? Maybe the majority of the force is older and earned desk duty for paper pushing and not enough young strong cops are out in the community? Whatever the details something must change.

Right now, all criminals are seeing Davenport as the place to go and get what they want rob rape steal beat up folks have turf wars etc. The other Cities are not having this surge of crime so something is broken in that department.

The current Mayor has made many PR mistakes and still been re-elected somehow (amazing) but he spent too much time focusing on stuff that was irrelevant like Nicky Bowles. Very few care about what happens with her but it's a good story for selling papers and Brooke allowed that to spin out of control in the press too many times. He wants to stay on Council as Alderman and it will be interesting to see if he wins that seat and if he's willing to take a back seat to the leadership or not. The new Mayor has a big challenge in that arena and it will take strong leadership to pull it off with the former mayor sitting right there still around to give his opinion.

We can only hope that this trend of violence and bad public relations in Davenport can be reversed with the new Mayor Dope. I don't know who the best choice is over there either. Anyone have an opin??

At 7/27/2005 1:01 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

One more source of the big mess in Davenport - that City administrator Malin. What a buffoon. Writing a letter of recommendation for Yerrington in a transparent move to prevent a payout for a lawsuit against the City and then being stupid enough that he fails to realize that letter will become public? It's too tempting. It may have been a file clerk who faxed it over to the media. The letter was not even sincere in helping Yerrington get the parks job. Add that to the fact that job became a hot potato of a position and then no one in the inner circle won. Howard's kid didn't get it either.

Yerrington again gets ripped in public because of the way the administration at City Hall does things. They have a whole lot of fences to mend over there and it starts with tearing them all out and getting new material.


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