Claiming self-defense, a man, X, shoots another man, Y, dead.
No. This is not yet another rehashing of the Zimmerman fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, although there are important similarities.
You see, like Trayvon Martin, it turns out the victim, Y, was unarmed. Unlike Martin, Y was mentally disabled, with the mental capacity of a 12-year-old.
But in this case, the roles are reversed. The shooter is black; while the victim is part Hispanic.
KSAZ Fox 10 reports from Laveen, Arizona, April 4, 2012, that about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, a man and his girlfriend ordered food at the Taco Bell drive-thru and were told to pull up while their order was prepared.
At the same time, 29-year-0ld Daniel Adkins stepped around a corner into the path of the vehicle and angry words were exchanged between him and the driver. They got into an altercation and Adkins was shot once by the driver. He died at the scene.
The driver, a 22-year-old black male whose name has not been released, called police.
Adkins’ grieving family members want that driver arrested, but he’s claiming self-defense, saying that Adkins had a metal pipe that he swung at them. But it turns out Adkins was holding a dog leash with his yellow lab on the other end. A metal pipe or bat was never located.
The dog, Lady, stayed by Adkins’ side until the Humane Society came.
According to Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, an independent witness said Adkins had swung his fists in the driver’s direction: “He swung his fist towards the driver window, and at some point the driver shot him.”
Adkins lived with his mom and dad. He’s 29, but his family says he was mentally disabled with the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. He didn’t drive, and walked wherever he went. His sister Marina Reyes said:
“He [the shooter] needs to be behind bars. I’ll never see my brother again. If he felt that my brother was threatening him, he could have easily just rolled up the window and called the cops. This person is still on the loose and I don’t agree with that. So he’s saying self defense, then where’s the weapon? Where’s the pipe? They didn’t find anything on my brother. He [the shooter] was just too aggressive, you don’t need to go that far.”
But the shooter has not been arrested. Sgt. Thompson said “Just because we don’t book a person immediately does not mean we don’t charge a person at a later date.”
The investigation is still ongoing.
So how come Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and their willing accomplices in the media aren’t up-in-arms over the killing of an innocent mentally-retarded man? How come we don’t see images of Adkins when he was an angelic 8-year-old and of his hulking shooter splayed all across newspapers and our TV screens? How come the New Black Panthers haven’t put a $10,000 bounty on the shooter’s head?
And why is it that Barack Obama hasn’t said “If I had a son, he’d look just like Daniel Adkins”?
Where’s the outrage?
Wait! I know, I know!
It’s because the victim is not black, but the shooter is black!
Did I get the answer right? [snark]
H/t beloved fellow Terry.