What Happened?

November 10, 2010

What happened to the police officer who allegedly seriously assaulted an innocent Chinese guest worker who was mistakenly thought to be an ice dealer?  Did the U.S. Attorney's Office take this case? Last I had heard the victim and friends contacted the FBI several times and received no response.  The Department of Public Safety has issued no statement. There has been no statement from anyone in the CNMI government and no followup in the press.  I always find it fascinating that such stories just disappear from the press with lingering questions left unanswered.  Accountability?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping after this. The Chinese guest workers often get less sympathy and supporters because they generally speak less English than Filipinos, but for the same reason they are often victims of the worst abuses.

I hope there's a personal injury attorney putting together a case.

Anonymous said...

It is also interesting in many of these cases even the reporters from the papers do not even follow through. These reporters know where this guy lives. Why hasn't any of them gone back to talk to him.
I wonder if the NMI Govt . paid this guy off? (Or threatened him and his wife)

Anonymous said...

There are no reporters here. Only transcribers. They get $5/hour, are evaluated by how many words of text they produce, and have to pay for their own gas if they go somewhere... what kind of "reporting" would you do in that situation? And what caliber of "journalists" do you think would sign up for that job?

Which also means that there's a great opportunity for bloggers to become reporters. If they don't fear Fitial's thugs, anyway.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping this story alive.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Wendy. This was in the Variety this morning.

http://www.mvariety.com/2010111131908/local-news/still-no-update-on-case-of-ex-garment-worker-mauled-by-cop.php

Wendy said...

Anonymous 7:38

Thank you for the link. I am glad that the press is trying to investigate. Maybe an OGA request to DPS or the OAG would help?

Anonymous said...

Although there was a "story" in MV this morning, no one talked to the victim. Why is it so hard to talk to the victim and find out from him what measures he has taken and if indeed he has an attorney etc.(if an attorney involved then talk to the attorney) If not at his house go to his place of work.(which may be better if English is a problem)

Anonymous said...

Noni 7:11, don't expect that kind of journalism in the CNMI. But why don't you go talk to the victim and tell us what you find? Saipan is a small place, so it shouldn't take more than an hour of your time. Maybe fans of this blog can organize a group to go (with at least one Chinese speaker among them). The thing you have to learn about Saipan is: don't complain, just do it yourself. (Or, more poetically, "be the change.")

Anonymous said...

(8:17)I surely would do it if I was there,I would also help this guy to get an attorney (if he does not have one already) I am presently off island (Phil) for medical treatment for cancer of the throat. (at my own expense)
But maybe some one else would be willing to follow up as you suggested. Lets see.