post by John Hoff
Summer In The City
Jaylin Dvonte Davis, age 19, was shot in the head and died Sunday night as the much-predicted Long Hot Summer of 2014 finally kicked off in North Minneapolis, and god knows when and how it will end. Want to know about Jaylin Davis? Click here to check out his Facebook page, if you have Facebook.
Some of Jaylin's photos, published in association with news about his homicide were first aired here on Johnny Northside Dot Com by guest author Jordan North, click here. Compare with mainstream media coverage on WCCO, click here.
Who has better coverage? I say the entity with PICTURES has better coverage.
Nothing Up My Blogger Sleeves!
It is, of course, no great trick to have the name and likeness of a homicide victim before television stations and the major daily papers. We live in a world where 15-year-olds on Facebook are publishing hard hitting murder coverage while mainstream media sits on their hands and awaits a "press release" to find out the name of the victim.
What, I wonder, does a "press release" do? What does it release? Does it actually release news or does it release THE PRESS, who had the news all along but for some reason aren't willing to use Facebook as a source?
Is a "press release" like the old joke about...
...Prince Albert in a can?
Yes? You have Prince Albert in a can? Well, for goodness sakes, RELEASE HIM!
But Seriously, Folks
So let's do that thing I do, repeatedly, like I own the FRANCHISE.
First, I'm going to publish the criminal record of the victim, demonstrating (for the umpteenth time) that when it comes to shooters versus shooting victims in North Minneapolis, 90 percent of the time the difference is "who got the drop on who." (The recent death of Steve Martin appears to be a horrible exception) Decent people who are taking this neighborhood back from criminals are, for the most part, safe.
In fact, this 19-year-old was NEVER a resident of North Minneapolis but lived in BROOKLYN CENTER. Apparently there wasn't trouble enough in his own neighborhood to keep him satisfied. This blogger keeps seeing subtle signs crime is going to shift out of our North Minneapolis neighborhood and settle in the "Two Brooklyns," but sometimes it seems like I'm the only one who has that vision.
But back to my not-so-secret recipe. What comes next?
Later, in another blog post I'll follow up with all the Facebook pictures of what appears to be drug dealing proceeds, (mostly in sad little 20 dollar bills) alleged gang signs being thrown, assorted bad lifestyle choices chronicled in selfies produced in dirty bathroom mirrors, etc.
You know the drill, folks. So let's start with young Jaylin's BUDDING life of crime.
OMG, did I say that? But I swear, how worked up are decent people supposed to get about yet another murdered drug dealer in the neighborhood? And when I say "drug dealer," I mean "Davis was never convicted of dealing drugs but look at his pictures on Facebook and DO THE MATH."
When he's posing with a wad of marijuana leaf in his mouth like half a Polish sausage, (see photo above) well, DO THE MATH.
Speaking Of "Do The Math"
Davis' criminal record on MNCIS begins (of course) when he's 18. If there's a juvenile record (and why would there be? Eye roll) it's not visible on MNCIS.
His first conviction was a charge of underage drinking and driving. Another charge of "no valid drivers license for the vehicle being driven" was dismissed as part of what appears his first plea bargain, a banner day in the life of many a young man in North Minneapolis.
He received probation and would have been on probation until October of this year. At one point a warrant was issued over a failure to appear. Davis died owing $78 on this charge. As is so often the case, the collection agency rejected the account for "incomplete party data." At this time, Jaylin's address was listed as New Hope, Minnesota.
In 2013, now listed at an address in Brooklyn Center, Jaylin was convicted of theft. He would have been on probation until August, missing a sentence that, oddly enough, could have saved his life. If it seems like I just wrote something eerily similar, yesterday, about another murderer victim who was on probation, well...
That's because I wrote something similar yesterday about another murder victim who was on probation. Jaylin violated probation on this charge and died owing $300. He was scheduled for a probation violation hearing on July 1 but, instead, will be in a casket.
The electronic docket shows a second theft conviction, as well, with credit for two days served. In that case, Jaylin Davis is listed at a Brooklyn Center address.
What Is The POINT?
As per my recipe, my usual custom, my modus operandi, I plan to follow up and publish photos of the life and times of Jaylin Davis, but I have to wonder...
What is the POINT? Do any of our young criminals modify their lives and live differently when one of their comrades dies? And yet, compulsively, I chronicle their lives.
This is who they were. Who they were before they died. This is the truth, revealed by the victims themselves, and preserved against the mainstream media purveyors of hogwash who tell us somebody was "just starting to turn their life around" and was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."
In the wrong place at the wrong time.
But phrases like "dealing lord-knows-what" don't make the press releases, do they?
No, for THAT readers come to Johnny Northside for a big helping of the not-so-secret sauce!
Stay tuned, folks! Facebook photos and pithy commentary will follow, eventually. In the meantime, feel free to express yourself in written comments about THE LONG HOT SUMMER and what are we going to DO about this?