It was a â€?routineâ€? stop at around 4 p.m. on Friday, in which Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, known for his friendly, non-threatening demeanor, asked a couple of questions of a local skel, without leaving his squad car. And in an instant, like so many â€?routineâ€? stops, it turned deadly. The skel suddenly stepped back, drew a gun and shot the officer three times at point blank range. The cop never even drew his service weapon. Less than an hour later, the policeman was pronounced dead, and his killer was in the wind.
At a press conference, given the non-threatening nature of the stop, and the officerâ€™s known style, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford called the killer, â€?Someone who has no soul.â€?
Lot of that going around in Lakewood.
My reader-researcher RC entitled the story he sent me, appropriately enough, â€?White, New Jersey Cop is Executed by Black Male.â€? WTOP ran the story as, â€?Massive manhunt for man who shot NJ cop to death.â€?
But at least the stationâ€™s editors and/or AP reporter (AP reporter?!) Wayne Parry left no doubt as to the killerâ€™s race, gave an extremely detailed description of himâ€”the sort they should routinely provide, but usually refuse toâ€”and the victimâ€™s name, Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, tells you his race.
(Update: The police have named as their suspect, 19-year-old Jahmell W. Crockam, they have released his photograph, and WTOP has published it. Crockam is known on the street as â€?Sav,â€? short for â€?Savage.â€? Crockam was already a wanted man. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on illegal weapons charges on December 29. Consider that in a township with only 39,704 residents, there are so many criminals that a known gang-banger wanted on an illegal weapons warrant could walk about without a care over two weeks later, and without cops on the beat having been warned about him, and told not to approach him without backup.)
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - One moment, they were just talking, the young police officer in the patrol car who had rolled up alongside the even younger pedestrian.Thatâ€™s what your community policing, hearts-and-minds, make-friends-with-Kool Aid campaigns get you: Dead cops. Considering that â€?community policing,â€? aka â€?social workers with guns,â€? is the law enforcement branch of diversity ideology, it should be considered nothing less than a complete program for the rule of crime, and the production of dead cops, especially white ones. Granted, under the rule of diversity, even purportedly aggressive, â€?broken-windows policingâ€? is just another PR gimmick, behind which stand â€?de-policingâ€? and the â€?disappearingâ€? of urban crime.
It was a low-key give-and-take, question-and-answer exchange Friday afternoonâ€¦
That changed in an instant, when the pedestrian pulled a handgun out from his baggy clothing, stepped back and fired three shots into the officer, who never had a chance.
Patrolman Christopher Matlosz slumped behind the wheel of his police cruiser, mortally wounded, his gun still in its holsterâ€¦.
Scores of officers on foot, in cars and in helicopters scoured the area where the shooting occurred, a neighborhood near the Jersey shore where Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said several drive-by shootings had occurred.
She called the shooting â€?an execution-style killing.â€?
The 27-year-old Matlosz had just transferred off the midnight shift a week ago. He was engaged to be married next year, and his fiancee rushed to the hospital where he died less than an hour after being shot.
The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s or late teens, 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, stockily built with sunken eyes and puffy cheeks. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans slung so low that gray boxer shorts were visible, according to a witness account to police.
Matlosz was conducting â€?a routine stopâ€? of the suspect, chatting with him for a few minutes, Ford said, leading authorities to believe the two may have been acquainted with each other before the shooting....
The State Policemanâ€™s Benevolent Association is offering a $40,000 reward [NS: since increased to $133,000] for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspectâ€¦
Lakewood is an ethnically diverse community of 60,000 [sic] residents located 54 miles east of Philadelphia and 47 miles south of New York.
Matlosz joined the department Aug. 14, 2006, and lived in nearby Manchester Townshipâ€¦
â€?Chris was one of our most popular officers,â€? [Lakewood Police Chief Robert] Laweson [sic] said. â€?You might say he was the best of us. He was very dedicated to his job. I have a lot of accolades about him from the public.â€?
Matloszâ€™s death was the second shooting involving a Lakewood police officer in recent years.
In September 2009, another Lakewood police officer, Patrolman Jonathan Wilson, was critically wounded when he was shot in the face during a gun and drug raid. Three other officers were shot but received lesser injuries.
A suspect in that case faces attempted murder charges.
[Massive manhunt for man who shot NJ cop to death by Wayne Parry, Associated Press/WTOP, January 15, 2011 - 3:01am.]
â€? White alone - 24,625 (68.3%) â€? Hispanic - 6,381 (17.7%) â€? Black alone - 4,181 (11.6%) â€? Two or more races - 452 (1.3%) â€? Asian alone - 328 (0.9%) â€? Other race alone - 75 (0.2%) â€? American alone - 21 (0.06%) â€? Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 2 (0.01%)
(That the total I gave—39,704—exceeds by 3,641 the ethnic breakdown—36,063—is likely because the site that cited both sets of numbers, City Data, took them from different years.)
Note that the local median age is only 23.1 years vs. the state average of 36.7, and the local median income of $34,131 is only half the state average of $68,342 (both income figures for 2009). These days, given the Hispanic percentage of the townshipâ€™s 39,704 residents, such low median age and income numbers are Reconquista red flags.
At 30.6 percent diverse, Lakewood Township is already a fully-fledged diversitopia.
(The municipality, officially named â€?Township of Lakewood, New Jersey,â€? is better known as â€?Lakewoodâ€? and â€?Lakewood Township.â€?)
In July, 2008, one poster to a message board claimed that 14 mostly Hispanic gangs are active, some more than others, in this small town.
I could not find explicit confirmation by township officials for a gang problem in Lakewood, but consider the following opening to an almost six-year-old story no longer accessible online, but which can be partially accessed via the National Gang Center Web site.
Cops arrest 25 in major campaign on area gangs (Lakewood, NJ): Early morning sweeps conducted by law enforcement officers culminated in about 25 arrests, a dozen of which could involve people with knowledge about a string of recent shootings, Ocean County Prosecutor Thomas F. Kelaher said yesterday. Source: Ocean County Observer Date: February 4, 2005An only partially accessible story from last August or September tells of policemen and their families â€?fanning outâ€? all over the township to clean up gang graffiti.
And in the case that the APâ€™s Wayne Parry mentioned, in September 2009, when a detachment of officers served a no-knock warrant for guns and drugs, Jamie Gonzalez, then 39, allegedly shot four officers, one of them in the face. Thatâ€™s big city gang violence, and I found the article about it at the Street Gangs Resource Center Web site.
Fridayâ€™s murder of Patrolman Christopher Matlosz confirms Lakewoodâ€™s gang problem in a manner that no amount of media, law enforcement, or political stonewalling can suppress.
One flamboyant local resident who has tried to make a difference in Lakewood is Hershel Herskowitz, an Orthodox Jew who owns the store, Toys for Thought. Herskowitz has charged that many downtown businesses, which he says are renting from Leventer Real Estate, are paying four and five times the market rate, because they are fronts for Mexican gangs and, particularly, drug dealers. He said he wouldnâ€™t name the gangs, because he feared for his life.
In October, 2009, Herskowitz pulled a publicity stunt, putting a sign on an abandoned house he had bought, announcing "Coming Soon To This Location ICE: Immigration & Customs Enforcement Volunteer Corps."
There are no citizen adjuncts to ICE.
Even though Herskowitz was careful to emphasize that he was not anti-Hispanic, he was racially demonized by Reconquista Lydia Valencia, the CEO of the Lakewood-based, Puerto Rican [!] Congress of New Jersey, and then felt the need to emphasize that he had nothing against the illegal alien day laborers, whom Valencia said were â€?intimidatedâ€? by the signs. (Heaven forfend, that criminals should be intimidated!)
Lydia Valencia is now trying to exploit the townâ€™s embrace of illegal alien day laborers (it has provided a â€?muster zoneâ€? for them and their criminal employers) into a windfall for herself and her local preacher cronies: They have initially sought $55,000 in graft â€?to run the muster zone and hold training classes for specialized trades such as carpentry when work is slow,â€? but fortunately, the town turned down the demand as â€?too expensive,â€? and seeks something financed by fees the illegal human beings would pay.
Herskowitz had also been chairman of a merchantsâ€™ group that he and five other businessmen had created, and the township initially sanctioned, in order to highlight positive downtown businesses, the Lakewood Downtown Merchants Commission, but he clashed with Committeeman Bob Singer, whom he unsuccessfully sought to unseat, and with Mayor Steven Langert. Last July, Langert had the Township Committee disband the Merchants Commission after less than a year in operation, arguing that Herskowitz had been â€?using the position to attack political opponents, namely Langert and Committeeman Robert Singer,â€? and that the commission had become â€?too political,â€? apparently to get even with Herskowitz, who called the move â€?a vengeful act.â€?
Herskowitzâ€™ is a lonely, halting voice in a sanctuary town whose leaders help illegal alien invaders get day jobs, who confront neither the black nor the Hispanic gangs that are destroying the town, and whose media likewise refuse to do their job.
Diversity equals death.