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May 3, 2008

Violence and Ignorance in Perpetuity

Erin's note to the Neighbors,

I'm very shaky but wanted you all to know right away that a man attempted to mug me May 2, 7:05pm, as I walked home from BART. Chloe had walked up to greet me, and she took my computer bag. I had my purse in hand as we walked down College back toward Kales. Just as we finished crossing Lawton, in broad daylight, a man came up behind me, stomped on my foot, then tried to grab my purse. His pull on the purse whirled me around, but i held tight. I was confused and yelled, Hey! what's going on! Chloe starting yelling as he ran up Lawton. He was a young black man, early 20s. He was bulky, but ran like an athlete. He wore a white tee shirt, with a red bandanna around his neck. He had on a white cap with a black brim. I never saw his face.

Folks on the street and from Pasta Pomodoro came to our aid and gave descriptions. I called 911 from the scene. They came to the house to take a report later that night.

Thankfully, I'm shaky with a sore foot. I'm so glad he didn't get my purse.

Please be careful out there!!

Chloe's thoughts: the other really frightening thing about this experience is:

The cops came to our house to take a statement, and as one was interviewing Erin, the other was telling me we should arm ourselves with Mace, something called CO with colored dye, or hand guns! He said in some states people can shoot to kill the perpetrators of crimes, and then the problem is eliminated! I could not sleep last night thinking about it. My hope is that the young man who hit Erin realized what an awful mistake it was, had regrets, and that's why he didn't kill us both (considering his size that would have been easy enough), but rather went off and thought deep and hard about the human condition, how we all need each other to survive in this congested urban environment, and vowed to go into social services and/or health care. I am horrified at the thought of shooting another person. What a nightmare that would be. I told the officer I feel this way. It is why I don't let guns in my life. Even the cops being around are scary. Violence perpetuates violence. Ignorance perpetuates ignorance.


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