Chicago Urban Cyclists Set New Record for ‘Equity’

Background Reading

The article reads:

A civilian employee of the Chicago Police Department was shot and killed in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood.

John Buckner’s daughter said he was unloading groceries from his brand new Dodge Charger with his wife and 11-year-old grandson in the 11500-block of South Church Street around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Police said that’s when three teenagers rode up on bikes and opened fire before riding away.

Buckner, 59, was shot in the abdomen. A 41-year-old man who was standing on a porch nearby was also wounded in the shooting. Buckner’s wife and grandson were not injured.

They were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. The younger man was listed in serious condition. Buckner was pronounced dead at 10:25 p.m., authorities said.

CPD officials said Buckner was with the agency for 25 years. He worked in the equipment and supply section. He became a supervisor three years ago.

LaKeshia Buckner-Smith said her father lived in Morgan Park for 20 years.

“They just came from a wedding this weekend. They had such a good time seeing old friends and things. It’s just amazing how life turns in an instant,” Buckner-Smith said.

Tyrone Wilson, who lives next door, said he heard gunshots and a commotion outside Wednesday night.

“Knowing someone would come and do something like that to him. No, that’s something that wouldn’t happen. That was strange,” Wilson said.

Chicago police called Buckner’s death a senseless tragedy, which they are investigating aggressively.

Sources close to the investigation said the 41-year-old man had gang ties. Area South police are searching for the three teens on bikes, but did not provide a more detailed description.

Summary


TakeAways

The Urban Cycling Community likes to bandy about the notion of equity. Well here is equity in action where cyclists are concerned. We have upped the ante since the last ‘bike-by shooting‘ to a trio of murderers.

There will probably be no mention made of this tragedy in places like StreetsBlog but on the off chance that I can shame them into doing the right thing, I will mention them by name.

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They cover the hit-and-run death of a woman in Wheaton (30 miles outside Chicago), but ignore the bicycle drive-by shooting of a black man in Chicago city limits. Sounds about like ‘par for the course’.

One thing is for certain, the notion that riding a bike brings peace into any community in Chicago or anywhere else should finally be laid to rest. Bicyclists are human beings. Humans are violent. What they ride is not an occasion to designate them as demigods. It does not mean that the sun shines out of their anuses.

Bringing more bike lanes into a community is not always a blessing if they are used as escape routes during shootings that had not been there before.

Once Again We Have To Decide

The Urban Cycling Community is very good at portraying itself as victims. Its members will ride around again visiting the memorials to fallen bicyclists. But here is a question:

What if the cycling community itself is doing the killing? What does one do if the victims of gun violence perpetrated by bicyclists was himself a bicyclist? Do you visit the site of his demise, or do you shove your collective heads up your collective butts and continue to claim that the only deaths that really matter are those of bicyclists at the hands of motorists?