Posts tagged crime
Posts tagged crime
From today’s AP story announcing charges against four more people in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and subsequent cover up by school officials.
According to Caitlin MacNeal at TPM, Zimmerman was charged by Florida police today with “aggravated assault with a weapon, battery and criminal mischief after his girlfriend claimed he pointed a long-barreled shotgun at her inside their residence.” Zimmerman was arrested after pushing his girlfriend outside their home and barricading himself inside.
Prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a suburban Detroit homeowner in the death of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on his porch.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride on Nov. 2. She was shot in the face after police say they believe she was involved in a car accident nearby in Detroit and family members say she likely approached Wafer’s home for help.
She said evidence showed McBride knocked on the locked screen door, and that there was no evidence of forced entry.
"These are the appropriate charges and he did not act in lawful self-defense," Worthy said.
Mind you, this is a woman who is currently fighting to speed up executions in Florida. Except for when she needs to raise funds, of course. Then Marshall Lee Gore can wait.
Phyllis Novick, the mother of one of the women murdered by Gore, speaks for many of us when she questioned the priorities of the elected officials in Florida, saying, “What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous.”
Indeed. What the hell, Florida?
One of the Oklahoma teens accused of killing Australian baseball player Christopher Lane had posted images of himself with guns and wads of cash.
Now, some Americans are asking why this killing, in which the victim was white and the alleged killers black, has not brought reaction from the president.
Maybe because, as opposed to other cases, charges were brought immediately against the perpetrators. As in they did not walk free after what they did. Why would the president, or anyone else have to comment on it?
Not to mention it was three men, one white, and two black. Not that it matters.
Chris Lane is being canonized for just walking down the street, minding his own business, while Trayvon Martin was demonized for walking down the street, minding his own business.
No one would have called 911 to report Chris Lane as suspicious, even if there were break-ins in the neighborhood.
No one is going to dig through his Twitter account and other social media to demonize him as a thug who was probably asking for it.
No one is going to claim his manner of dress was threatening in the dark.
No one is going to claim “Well, you know, the white community, specifically young men… there’s just a lot criminality there” and then cite misinterpreted numbers.
No one is going to claim that if Chris Lane used marijuana, he was a potential criminal on drugs; therefore, he deserved what he got.
No one is going to dig through Lane’s school records, and, if they find he was ever suspended or disciplined otherwise, that he obviously was a menace.
Both Martin and Lane had the right to walk down the street without being stalked and killed. But it took a national outcry to even begin an investigation against George Zimmerman. The alleged murderers of Chris Lane were jailed within days on bail high enough that they will not walk free before trial. Zimmerman bailed out almost immediately.
These situations are wildly different, and, while Lane’s murder is a tragedy and absolutely horrifying, it’s much more likely that his family will receive the kind of justice denied to Trayvon Martin’s family.
Police in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, say a 12-year-old boy armed with a BB gun robbed a local lemonade stand being run by a group of younger boys.
According to Johnstown Sgt. Patrick Goggin, the preteen approached the stand and pointed a gun at a 10-year-old boy, threatening to shoot if the other boys didn’t hand over the money they had earned selling lemonade.
A scuffle ensued, but the suspect still managed to make away with a money box containing some $30.
If only there had been a good guy with a gun, amirite? In all seriousness, the kid with the BB gun could have been in danger had an adult with a gun been nearby or the police a little more trigger happy…
CBS 11 News has learned that George Zimmerman, the man recently found not guilty for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, was armed when an officer pulled him over for speeding in North Texas.
At one point, the officer asks Zimmerman to stop playing with his gun. Wonder how he’d react to an armed Black man playing with his gun?
Heads up — He’s your problem for now, Texas.