What is happening in our city? Violence is a part of the human condition, and where there are so many humans as live in an urban area, there will be violence. But what is going on this summer on the streets of Rochester seems something altogether different than that simple explanation can cover.
Latasha Shaw was dragged out onto the street – in broad daylight – and lynched by an estimated 15 people. Neither was this, according to reports, the first such incident in that neighborhood. “Normal” violence is often a flash of uncontrolled anger or a response to some criminal injustice, but this is nothing less than a collective hysteria. How can 15 people all participate in the killing of one woman, especially when that one woman appears to have been a stranger to the neighborhood?
Shaw’s daughter, Jasmine Shaw, 14, said she knew one of the people involved in the incident. Betty Grayson said about 15 people, including men and women, attacked Shaw by stabbing and kicking her.
“They had knives, hammers, everything,” Betty Grayson said. “They all scattered and left.”
Shaw had four children, ages 6 to 21.