Police met with stunned and angry members of the Korean American community in Salinas, CA this week following the brutal murder of 62-year old Sook Mi Oh and the shooting of two others at a convenience store, reports the Monterey County Weekly.
Some admitted they were scared. Others demanded more police protection. Still others say it was fruitless to try to blame the police.
“We cannot blame anyone,” pizzeria owner Mun Yi said by way of introduction. “We cannot blame the mayor.”
Police urged those at the meeting to support a tax measure on the November ballot that could boost police funding. But at least one in attendance wasn’t pleased to hear that.
“We have to send a message to those murderers,” said Yong Soo Oh, a small business owner. “I hear you say, ‘We’re underfunded.’ That’s not a good signal to criminals.”
So far $4500 has been raised toward a goal of a $20,000 reward for the arrest of the two suspects.
Police released a graphic video of the incident below. Warning: some may find the video disturbing.
You can read about growing pressure in Salinas for a police review board in the Monterey County Weekly.