A 39-year-old Milwaukee man shot and killed one of his neighbors, Jesus R. Manso-Perez, for speaking in Spanish to his own son. Mr. Manso-Perez was Puerto Rican, and was accompanying his son to the laundry.
It happened on March 6, 2016…three months before the mass shooting in Orlando, FL.
The killer is named Dan J. Popp. According to Manso-Perez’s son, Popp disapproved of their speaking in Spanish. This disapproval was so strong, that he got a rifle from his apartment and told Mr. Manso-Perez “You guys got to go.” Then he shot him in the head. Here is a video about the shooting:
Popp then went on a rampage and killed Phia Vue and his wife Mai Vue, two other neighbors in the same apartment complex.
Popp faces three counts of first-degree homicide, and a fourth charge of attempted first-degree homicide for shooting at, but not wounding, Manso-Perez’s 18-year-old son.
“YOU GUYS GOTTA GO”
The murders are a tragedy in themselves. What makes them additionally alarming, are the incident that apparently triggered them. Mr. Popp did not approve of a Puerto Rican man speaking in Spanish to his own son. So Popp got his rifle, told them “You guys gotta go,” then methodically shot one in the head and tried to kill the second one.
Dan J. Popp
This extreme reaction to a Latino speaking in his own native tongue, is happening during a presidential election season, in which people are being assaulted in political rallies.
A leading candidate in this election, Donald Trump, is threatening to deport 11 million Latinos and build a thousand-mile wall on the Mexican border.
Trump has encouraged his supporters to assault any protesters at his political events, and offered to “pay their legal bills” afterward.
THIS WAS FORESEEN
Several months ago, an article about Trump’s intention to “revoke the US citizenship of all Puerto Ricans” (which was probably a hoax), contained a clear warning about this type of tragedy.
The triple homicide in Milwaukee is a bitter harvest, of the cynical politics that dominate our nation.
Fanatics such as Dan J. Popp are perceiving, and responding to, “a call to action” from the current socio-political climate.
It is a poisonous state of affairs, and it can only get worse.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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