As fate would have it I’ve been spending a lot of time recently in South Jersey due to family matters. (Boy that Urkel is crazy.) That means I’ve been even closer to the situation in Camden, New Jersey than usual.
The most recent incident in the crime-infested city is the case of 9-year-old Jorge Cartagena, an ambitious fourth-grader who was constantly looking for a way to help support his family.
He was struck by a stray bullet that was allegedly fired by the cowardly 29-year-old Greg Rawls of Camden and Pennsauken. Jorge was not Rawls’ target. Police say that Rawls fired six shots at an intersection where Jorge was walking to his grandmother’s house. Jorge was struck in either the eye or the temple depending on reports and doctors say that he will probably be blind for the rest of his life. Rawls was tracked down to a home in Sicklerville where he was arrested.
Again this is not surprising considering that not only is Camden regularly ranked as one of the most crime-ridden cities in the country but also because half of their police force has been laid off in the past year because less than half of the properties in Camden pay taxes.
This sickens me because despite its reputation there are some good people in Camden and their city has basically forsaken them. Plus it’s only a matter of time before Camden’s sickness starts creeping into neighboring cities. Cities where I have family that I care very much about.
If any city was in need of martial law it would be Camden but no lawmaker on the state or federal level would have the guts to so it.