Wednesday, April 02, 2008

You Better Know The Law

I knew it was only a matter of time before we would be revisiting this scene again. It was only five months ago at the most. The man in Mississippi chased his mother's robber down and shot him before he crossed the state line. Even though his victim didn't die. He wasn't charged with anything. I have no problem with what he did. In fact I applaud him. But I knew it wouldn't have the same results when it came up again. Mainly because it would happen in Memphis. Just as I predicted. Here we are again. Because most people didn't pay attention then.

Christopher Simmons has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Kendrick Watkins. I bet he thought he was within his legal rights. One man caught another stealing a T.V. monitor from his car and shot him to death. That's the story that was told to police. I know this isn't an excuse, but perception goes a long way. Even though the shooter is legitimate on paper. There are insinuations that there is something else involved. Every time I see one of these cars on the street . I can't help but stereotype the driver. Sometimes I'm wrong, unfortunately usually I'm right. If this young man didn't have 24 inch rims and T.V. monitors on a 10 year old car, he would probably fare a little better with the district attorney. Even though his car has been broken into four times in twelve months. Just protecting your property isn't a defense in Tennessee.

The young man walked up after the shooting and turned himself in to police. He gave police the murder weapon and his handgun carry permit. As though he thought that would clear him. Though according to witnesses, it sounded like he unloaded the clip. When it reaches the courts your anger doesn't matter. Instead of relying on emotion. You better know the law.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this car on Hollywood and Dexter at the carwash.

5:16 PM  

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