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Outtakes 7/21/11

COW WORTH MORE THAN BABY In north Escambia County, people are searching for the persons who strangled a pregnant cow over the Memorial Day weekend. A $3,000 bounty is being offered for any evidence that leads to an arrest. In Pensacola, a toddler was shot and killed Friday, July 15 in Pensacola Village. No reward is being offered, and police were still looking for the killers at the time this column was written.

The Pensacola City Council met on Monday, July 18 for most of the afternoon. They spent more time on the disposal of used Ford Crown Victorias and using the Tree Fund for the Admiral Mason Pond than they did on the child’s murder. There was no announcement from the Mayor’s Office either.

While checking on his animals on Memorial Day, the owner of the pet Jersey cow found the animal dead in a pasture just behind his house on Highway 97-A. Thin twine had been tied several times around the cow’s neck and had apparently strangled the animal as it was dragged through the pasture. The cow was found on its side, with its head upside down and its horns pushed several inches into the dirt.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the cow’s death. The Junior Humane Society announced last week that it is offering an additional $500 reward.

Tyquaris Moultrie, age 19 months, was killed, and his uncle, 21-year-old Vincent Dennis, was injured in the shooting at Pensacola Village. Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons said an altercation over drugs is believed to have led to multiple shots being fired into an apartment. According to witnesses, three to four males ran from the scene after the shooting.

There is no humane society for toddlers. Cruelty to animals is abhorred, while cruelty to humans is virtually ignored…at least in Pensacola.

Guns and drugs are prevalent both inside and outside the Pensacola city limits. The value of a human life is cheap. There are few reservations about using a gun to settle a dispute, whether it is about drugs, loved ones or respect.

And the violence is creeping out of the poor, inner-city neighborhoods of Pensacola, away from the housing projects, and is steadily moving across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

On Wednesday, July 13, a group of armed teenagers from Pensacola broke into a Navarre residence threatening the women and children in the home. The robbers were searching for drugs, money, jewelry and anything else that they could take. Two suspects were arrested and three more are being sought.

My friends in law enforcement tell me that it’s only a matter of time before we have another accidental killing of an innocent person. The next time might not be in a housing project, but at a city park, school yard or shopping district.

Our elected officials need to start paying attention to this. A couple of town hall meetings on violence aren’t making any difference.

rick@inweekly.net