Sometimes there are stories that just make you shake your head about the humanity of people.
That was the story about the rape that occurred on the SEPTA train in Philadelphia.
It’s horrible enough that anyone would be so assaulted. But what made it even worse was the news that people saw what was happening and did nothing. Indeed, that some even seemed to be filming what was happening.
SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said “as many as 10 people actually saw some part of the attack on this rider.” He said the police checked the surveillance video, “We were watching to see if somebody put a phone up to their ear indicating they might be calling 911. Instead, what we saw was people holding their phone up as if they were recording or taking pictures.” The police said that it may have been stopped if the people called sooner. It went on through 27 train stops along the way, about 40 minutes.
It’s hard to imagine what’s going on in the souls of people who would respond that way in the face of such a horrible act. Ultimately, it was an off duty SEPTA employee who called the police. The police only received one call and responded within three minutes.
There were some reports that the people who did nothing and filmed could be charged.
It gets worse. The man allegedly behind the rape, Fiston Ngoy, is here illegally.
BOOKING PHOTO of Philadelphia man charged with raping @septa passenger on SEPTA Market Frankford Line train 9:30pm last night. Fiston Ngoy, 33 Multiple Law Enforcement Sources say passengers on surveillance video recording rape instead of helping or calling 911 @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/gKmuhRkpNy
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) October 15, 2021
Ngoy entered legally on a student visa in 2012, but then overstayed. But he was not deported despite a record of multiple arrests, including a conviction for a prior sex offense.
Court records show that Ngoy had multiple arrests and two misdemeanor convictions, one for controlled substances and one for sexual abuse.
He pleaded guilty to the sex charge in 2017 in Washington DC and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, and was then placed in immigration detention in January 2018.
However, Ngoy was never deported, because an immigration judge granted him a ‘withholding of removal’ in March 2019, after an appeals board found that his sex crime was not a ‘serious crime’ that made him eligible for removal.
Exactly what “sex crime” is not a serious crime? Shouldn’t any sex crime get someone a boot? Apparently not, and because of that, now you had this incident. Will even this get him booted, we now have to ask, since the prior incident didn’t? Or will we be revisiting this issue yet again?
Of course, this is just one case that shows how broken the system is. Unfortunately there are many others.
Joe Biden tried to stop deportations for 100 days
when he first came in but was blocked. But on top of that, Biden moved to stop deportations except for those who pose a threat to national and border security and public safety. He’s since continued to eviscerate ICE, doing things like stopping mass workplace raids.
That’s how we get people like Fiston Ngoy, who should have been gone, deported long ago. That’s shameful when Biden fails in his first duty to the American people — which is to provide for their defense.