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Three people are dead in Milwaukee because their neighbor, identified by police as Dan Popp, took offense with them not speaking English. The three were Popp’s neighbors.
Police say Jesus R. Manso-Perez was stopped by Popp as he and his son were on their way the laundry room of the apartment complex where all involved in the incident lived. Popp allegedly tried to gain Manso-Perez’s trust by offering him a beer. When Manso-Perez declined the invitation, police say Popp asked where Manso-Perez and his son were from. The father said Puerto Rico, to which Popp commented:
‘Oh, that’s why you don’t speak English. You’re Puerto Rican.’
As Manso-Perez and his son were returning to their apartment, Popp met them on the stairs with a rifle and told them:
‘You guys got to go’
With that, Popp then shot the elder Manso-Perez in the head and attempted to kill his son, but missed.
Still enraged, Popp broke down the door of the apartment belonging to Phia and Mai K. Vue. He proceeded to gun them down in cold blood as they were huddled with their children.
Popp’s attorney, Christopher Hartley, said of his client:
‘I think that he is just entirely confused about everything and I’m not sure he understands what’s going on. I think he has some significant mental health issues.’
The children who survived, police said, were terrified by what they had witnessed. They also reported that when officers arrived on the scene, Popp did not immediately surrender his weapon as he had been ordered to, remarking:
‘I’m just going to go to the cop car by the curb.’
When officers again shouted for Popp to drop the rifle he had slung across one shoulder, he complied. He was taken into custody and charged with three counts of murder.
Popp will appear before a judge on April 4 and faces a life sentence if convicted on the three homicides.
It is instructive to note what Popp said about Mr. Manso-Perez not speaking English. One wonders if he had heard such rhetoric from the mouth of Donald Trump, who is continually making derogatory comments about Hispanic immigrants in the United States.
When Trump announced his candidacy in June of last year, here’s what he told the gathered media:
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