Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Ok peep game...
Two guys are breaking in the house next door. A concerned neighbor hears glass breaking. He calls 911 to report robbery saying "two black guys" are breaking into his neighbors house. Dissatisfied with the police's response time, he decides to take matters into his own hands. While on the phone with the dispatcher, he says he's going outside with his shotgun. The dispatcher tells him to stay inside. Concerned neighbor sees the robbers climbing out of the window with "bag of loot." He claims that he's not gonna let this go down in his neighborhood and he's "gonna kill'em." The dispatcher advises him, better yet pleads for him not to go outside with his gun. He does anyway, citing that a new gun law allows him to do so. Its not known if the robbers have guns themselves, but they do have the crowbar they used to break in the neighbors' house. The police still haven't showed up. The concerned neighbor feels threatened by the robbers presence and refuses to let them get away. While on the phone with 911, he tells them "Im going outside, you hear me cocking the gun." He goes outside and says "hey you, you're dead!" And he shoots...to kill. Three shots. Then he runs back into his house telling 911 to hurry up and get down there. Both robbers are found with shotgun bullets in their back, meaning they were running away. Police finally arrive to see that the robbery has ended in a homicide. After a few months, the concerned neighbor isn't charged with anything, and is considered a hero by most locals. Is that right or wrong?
That wasn't a fiction story I just made up in my head. Its all true and you can listen to the call for yourself.
A cop stays in my old neighborhood. He was pretty much the neighborhood watch. How do I know? He acted like he wanted to arrest me when he caught me trying to break into my own house after I realized I left my keys at home while running out the door to school. I've also seen him break up crowds of kids just standing around on the corner looking like they was up to no good. Granted, I'm not the biggest fan of the Po-Po, but I know that this dude, as well as some of his fellow policemen don't operate with ill intent. They actually wanted to protect the neighborhood...without deadly force being their first and only option.
This concerned neighbor though. I don't know man. As much as I want to roll with Obama's message of racial harmony, I can't help but to think that this shit was racially motivated. I don't know buddy, but I mean, this concerned neighbor, named Joe Horn was an old ass white dude in Texas.
Call me wrong, but I tend not to think he is one of the cool White people that don't get caught up in racial division. He looks old-school if you ask me. Old school as in he likes to shoot cans whenever he gets the opportunity.
You know...Afri-cans, Mexi-cans, Domi-can Republi-cans, Puerto Ri-cans, South Ameri-cans. Come to find out these two "black guys" were actually two illegal immigrants from Columbia.
What better opportunity than to shoot a couple cans while committing a crime?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to defend criminals. Both of these dudes were here illegally and doing illegal shit. Hell, they even had priors. But got damn though man? Did they deserve to get shot in the back by a person they weren't even fucking with?
I asked myself what I would do if I was in Joe Horn's position. I came up with a couple scenarios including everything from minding my own damn business to calling the police to holding the dudes hostage with my gun and placing them under citizens arrest until the cops got there to shooting them in the leg so they couldn't get away. Hell I might have even called my other neighbors to come outside and just whup their ass, take the loot back and not-so politely kick them out the hood.
I don't think I would have shot them in the damn back while running away. Did ya'll hear how Horn just went outside, screamed "you're dead" and got the shooting? It doesn't sound like them dudes even had a chance to turn around. Let alone threaten HIS well being. Granted, a criminal is a criminal and a bullet in their body doesn't necessarily turn them into an innocent victim. But damn man...is the way this went down right? I mean Horn isn't being charged with nothing. You'd think that the guys broke into his house, whupped his ass and took his shit the way this has unfolded.
Since Horn was cleared of any charges relations between the locals have grown intense.
What do ya'll make of all of this? Do you think its okay to shoot dead robbers who aren't stealing from you? Do you think Horn saw an opportunity to shoot some cans in the name of "self-defense" and acted recklessly? I want to hear from ya'll on this one.
For the record, this story is old. It happened late last year. But its back on the radar since Horn was cleared of any charges as of yesterday.
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