Yesterday she followed-up with a message that the case had been located and a detective had been assigned:
This case has been assigned to Detective Elrod, who works in the Youth Services Division. Please be assured that this case is being investigated. However, as an open case, and the fact that the victim is a juvenile, I can not release any information regarding the case.While I think it is great that a single neighbor here could rescue this case from oblivion, I am also disturbed that the investigators allowed an entire week to lapse without attending to this case. The Central Precinct says that the report went to Youth Services almost immediately. If that is true, then something went horribly wrong at Youth Services.
Det. Elrod is currently out of town, but I will make sure that he contacts the family on his return, if he has not already done so.
I will also forward this email to Commander Huggins who is over the Central Precinct to ensure that they are familiar with problems in the area.
Was there some kind of obstruction in the clerical pipeline to the detective? Did the case get assigned to a detective who was already out of town? Is the case growing colder and colder while waiting for the detective to return? And finally, if this had been a case involving the shooting of a white teen, would Youth Service have jumped on it without delay, including assigning an available detective?
Finally, why does a blogger have to be asking the questions of the case of a Salemtown shooting when the professionals in mainstream media should be working on it? Is racial and class prejudice involved in the media silence on this incident?