This story belongs in the young-and-stupid department. But since the perp has a Muslim name, it will probably end up in the Americans First, Task Force xenophobia department.
Police have arrested Hassan Mohamoud Yusuf, 18, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for first-degree burglary, criminal entry of a motor vehicle, forgery, and identity theft. The alleged crime: stealing a four-month-old German shepherd puppy named Poppy from a cop with a brain tumor and three little kids and then (not among the charges, but icing on the cake of stupid, selfish cruelty) abandoning the stolen dog on the streets of Minneapolis.
Yusuf’s mom lives in Aberdeen. If Yusuf is guilty, let’s hope she gives him an even bigger whoopin’ than the law can dish out.
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I work with enough teenagers to recognize a crime like Yusuf’s as immature stupidity, not justification for cultural warfare. But then I open my morning paper and find this appalling letter from an Aberdeen neighbor who thinks people from different cultures are worse than inmates in the penitentiary:
I went to the ABBY Awards, and I want to compliment the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce for a great job. Things were great until the mayor started talking about how great Aberdonians are for accepting people of other cultures to Aberdeen.
Maybe I am the only one that thinks drive-by shootings, people being shot and stabbed on the streets and a satellite police station are things that Aberdeen doesn’t need. There is no way to vet these people and I think the answer is to get a couple of buses and send them to the penitentiary, and bring those people to Aberdeen — we know them [Patrick McHugh, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2017.10.12].
Puppy thieves and racist letter writers—both embarrassments to our fair city.