What About The Unjustified Gun Violence In This Community?
Almost two full weeks after the verdict in the George Zimmerman case, Milwaukee County Supervisors David Bowen and Russell Stamper II chose to put out a press release.
Not surprisingly, the belated statement raised race baiting to an art form. It described the Zimmerman verdict as "tragic and unjust" and characterized it as a "slap in the face to the African American community". Bowen and Stamper then went on to call for the repeal of "laws like 'stand your ground' and the 'castle doctrine'.
The statement concludes as follows; "After all is said and done, an unarmed young child was walking home in his own neighborhood. He was shot and killed for no reason, and no one was held accountable. A mother and father have lost their son to unjustified gun violence. This is a grave tragedy and a heavy blow against racial progress in this country."
First, I can understand why some people may feel that George Zimmerman got away with a crime. Still, this is America and we still have this thing called due process. While people may be unsatisfied with the result, the evidence in this case simply didn't support a guilty verdict.
If Stamper and Bowen want to do away with the concept of the prosecution having to prove someone guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, let them say so. Otherwise, lay off the jury in the Zimmerman case.
Second, the Zimmerman prosecution was neither a castle doctrine or stand your ground case. After the last few years however, I certainly don't expect linear thinking or rational thought to come from most members of the Milwaukee County Board - and I sure don't expect Supervisors to let the facts get in the way of a good rant..
What's most interesting to me though is that I'm still waiting for Bowen and Stamper to put out a press release condemning the recent wave of gun violence in Milwaukee County.
Where's the outrage over the 14-year-old girl who was shot Thursday night while walking in the 2900 block of N. 25th Street? How about the outrage over the 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed late Friday night on 12th Street? How about the outrage over the scores of shootings that have happened over just the last few days in Milwaukee County?
In other words, how about being concerned with senseless violence in your own community?
Never mind. I forgot that we're taking about the Milwaukee County Board ... '