Latia Harris, Marcus Velasquez, Jeremy Meeks: Street terrorists destroy society

Catherine Ferreira a 27 year-old Salem, New Jersey woman beat up by coworker
Catherine Ferreira a 27 year-old Salem, New Jersey woman beat up by coworker

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2014  – “There is a moral and social breakdown in the fabric of our society which is clearly evident when a woman gets pummeled in broad daylight in front of her child while a dozen people pull out their phones to record the incident instead of calling for help,” Salem (New Jersey) Chief of Police John J. Pelura III  told


SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT |  Latia Harris, 25, on Friday —
SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT | Latia Harris, 25, on Friday —

“There is so little regard for human life — by the actor and the bystanders.”

No truer words have been spoken.

The case of Jeremy Meeks, who gained infamy for his “handsome mugshot” was arrested under California Penal Code 186.22 PC, part of the “California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act” – more commonly referred to as the California “STEP Act” or as California’s street gang enhancement law.

READ ALSO: Jeremy Meeks representative of Stockton California’s crime crisis

More colloquially known as the “anti-street terrorism” law.

But so called “street terrorism” is not just about gang activity. It seems to be an insidious erosion of our basic rights to live unmolested.

Jeremy Meeks mugshot
Jeremy Meeks mugshot

In the case that office Pelura is referring to, one has to marvel that one woman would attack another, supposedly over workplace gossip, with such brutality. The fact that she might have killed her victim is obvious, is frightening.

The brutal beating of Catherine Ferreira  a 27 year-old Salem resident left her lying on the grass with injuries including limited function of her left eye, bruises, contusions, cuts and a broken nose. Police said Harris will face charges of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.

Even though there was a crowd of young men watching as the physically imposing Latia Harris, dressed in her McDonald’s uniform, beat the much smaller women, their response was catcalls and videotaping. Not calls to stop. Not calls to the police.

The young men could have stepped between the woman and blocked Harris’ blows. They are a culpable in the beating as the woman who should be eventually charged with attempted murder.

A lot of things, other than watching, could have been done.

Unfortunately the only person who tried to intervene was Ferreira’s young son, whom Harris also threatened to “kick in the face.”

Harris’ arrest warrant states that she while beating Ferreira she was threatening to “shoot the victim” and that she “attempted to caused significant bodily injury under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

Harris is not the only person(s) to have taken a step off of the pier of common decency.

In April of 2014, a 14 year-old boy and 13 year-old girl repeatedly attacked another child with autism at the Southwest Early College Campus school, Kansas City. The 15 year old girl, complaining about vaginal pain, told her parents she had been repeatedly raped while at school.

The girl said an eighth-grader had repeatedly raped her while a female eighth-grader acted as a lookout. The boy would punch her in the chest and arms if she refused.

Last month Marcus Velasquez, now 15, was sentenced by a county judge to 14-28 years in a state prison, a sentence the judge calls symbolic as the defendant was charged as a child. His crime is that in December, 2012, Western Pennsylvania 22 year-old Kayla Peterson was shot and killed when she refused Valasquez and his friends a cigarette, telling them to “get a job.”

Peterson’s fiancé, father of their two-year old child and who held the young mother as she died, told police that they knew the boys and that he has “played basketball” with the father of one child.

READ ALSO: Punishment for juvenile crime – should it be different?

A witness to the crime, Brock Edwards, worked at the story where Bailey bought the cigarettes says My friend came in and got cigarettes, and three young kids followed him. They kept following him and asking him for a cigarette… The next thing you know, they just pull out a gun and shoot for no reason.

It was just over a cigarette…Now, my friend lost his girlfriend — an amazing, amazing girl, and she was such a good mother, too — and now her child has to grow up without her mother being there.”

From an adult who uses fists, to children who brandish guns to kill, Officer Pelura is right – there is a moral and social breakdown in the fabric of our society.

And we need to ask the hard question of why?

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2014 Communities Digital News

• The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or management of Communities Digital News.

This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.


    WHY? Simple answer: Godless!

    • jeffhanson1

      “God” should have stopped it.

      • No, right now, we’re living in a time of God’s grace, meaning we have to make the hard choices, we can be forgiven for the wrongs, but we have to be repentant. The point I’m making is that right now, is the time of Satan, and it’s up to us to push back against the corruption and lawlessness, lies and deceit that those of Satan’s ilk represent. What this person means by ‘Godless’ is without moral character. No understanding or even giving of two-cents about ‘right or wrong’. They just do what they feel, and that is their downfall, and the downfall of those around them.

        Let’s start with parents not being parents, and the government interfering too much in the way that parents raise their kids, indoctrinating us in the idea that discipline is abuse (on which I call bs), that having a religious foundation is for crackpots, and that people can just determine for themselves what is right and what is wrong, and there is no right or wrong, only right or wrong for you, for me, as subjective individuals.

        We can start by looking at our government and the liberties, and inalienable rights it has already taken, and the lack of liability that it holds parents to, for actually curbing their little hoodlums.

        There is a quick and easy response to this for most people… Strap up people. It’s time for the time of the swords on the street.

  • jeffhanson1