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Monday, July 15, 2013

Another day, another murder

So another white guy shoots and kills another black kid, what's the excuse this time?

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The attorney for a Milwaukee man who fatally shot his 13-year-old neighbor says his client did not mean to kill the boy.
John Henry Spooner is charged with killing 13-year-old Darius Simmons last year. Spooner confronted Darius because he believed the teen had stolen guns from his house.
Spooner is white and Darius was black, prompting comparisons to the case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
But Spooner's attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, says the cases are very different. He says the main similarity is that both victims were black teens.
(snip of recap of Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin)

According to this story from the Milwaukee Sentinal-Journal, the other differences are that Spooner is 76 as compared to Zimmerman's 29 and that he shot the boy, a neighbour barely into his teens, in front of the child's mother.

Spooner suspected Simmons of stealing guns from his home and confronted the teen about 10 a.m. May 31, 2012, according to a criminal complaint. Then, as the boy's mother watched, Spooner shot Simmons in the chest with a handgun from five feet away.
Even if someone stole guns from John Henry Spooner's home, given the defence his attorney plans to offer, it may have been less a case of larceny and more a case of clearly justified concern for  public safety.
 (from the original AP story quoted at the top)

Gimbel acknowledges Spooner shot Darius. But he says an expert will testify that Spooner had mental illness that kept him from realizing his actions were wrong.
Because someone who doesn't realize it is wrong to shoot the neighbour's kid  is exactly the kind of guy you don't want to have to submit to some kind of pesky background or mental health check before starts stockpiling deadly weapons, because, y'know, freedom and shut up, you America-hating pinko!

Can't wait to see the NRA jump in on this one.

I want a border wall and I want it now.



Anonymous said...

Well, this is a silly post.

First, didn't you hear the verdict in the Zimmerman/Martin case? Trayvon Martin wasn't murdered. He was killed in an act of self-defence.

Second, Zimmerman wasn't white.

Third, there's no evidence that race was much of a factor in either case discussed here.

I know lots of people say race was was a factor in the Martin/Zimmerman case, but the only atual evidence of racism was on Martin's part.

And it doesn't look like anyone's even pretending this kook who shot the kid next door was in any way motivated by racism.

Unknown said...

yeah, I'm sure the millions of people in the United States marching to protest the verdict agree that it was completely free of racial bias. Imagine if a black man had stalked and killed a white teen.
The notion that one of the parties involved need to be wearing a Klan hood for the action to be racist is, well, quaint.
To take your points in order:
Trayvon Martin was acting in self defense. If you were a 17 year old and some older man started stopped his car and started following you, you'd probably take issue with it too.
Second, since when is German-Peruvian, not "white"?
Third, have you not been paying any fucking attentiona at all? Racial profiling is at the core of both cases.
You are an idiot who is arguing in bad faith. Begone.

Unknown said...

plus there's this which I'm sure you wil consider biased.
and then there's this:video of the actual deed right here but since he may or may not have used the N-word I guess we will never know if it was racially motivated. All we know is that he had surveillence video of black teens approaching his house on the evening he thought he had been robbed (police decided the complaint against the black neighbours was not worth pursing since the kids in the video did not come close to resembling the neighbours kids) but I'm sure an attitude of "they all look alike" isn't racist to you either.

democommie said...

George Zimmerman is a murdering scumbag AND a racist AND a piece of shit. Other than that he's an all around good ol' boy--oh, wait, those factors are what MAKES him a good ol' boy.

Tiffiny said...