We’ve been thinking about the horrible story out of Oklahoma, where Jerome Jay Ersland was simply doing his job when two masked Black robbers came into his pharmacy. One would escape. The other, Antwun “Speedy” Parker, would be shot in the head and then Ersland would fire five more rounds into his body. In a sane country, Ersland would be considered a hero.
In our country, he is sent to prison. That Parker had two Black accomplices and that one of these Black accomplices pointed a gun at Ersland is of no concern. Here is how the Wall Street Journal described the action:
Oklahoma, like more than 20 other states, has encoded the right to self defense through so-called Castle Laws. Under these laws, citizens are allowed to use deadly force when they are threatened in their home—or their “castle”—or place of work.
Cases in which someone kills an intruder rarely go to trial, said Gary Kleck, a criminology professor at Florida State University. That’s because police usually believe the defender was acting out of self-protection, or assume there isn’t enough evidence to prove that the defender shot the intruder with malicious intent.
“They rarely have the benefit of videotape,” said Mr. Kleck.
In the video of the Oklahoma City shooting, Mr. Ersland can be seen firing the first shot and Mr. Parker dropping to the floor. After chasing the other robber out the door, Mr. Ersland returns, walking past the place where Mr. Parker fell to get a second gun out of a drawer. He then points down toward the floor and shoots several times.
The main question before the jury was whether Mr. Parker still represented a threat after the first shot. Under Oklahoma law, the right to use deadly force ends as soon as the menace has passed, said Randy Coyne, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Coyne said he agreed with the jury verdict, based on that law.
In zombie-lore, it is a well known fact that you “double-tap” the zombie so that it doesn’t come back and try and eat you. Ersland defended his pharmacy and the lives of his employees by shooting Antwun and then chasing off the gun-toting Black 14-year-old.
Sadly we live in Black-Run America (BRA) and the threat of a riot in Oklahoma City were Ersland found not guilty had to be considered by the jury. Watch a video here where Antwun’s parents demand justice for their sons lawlessness. His mother even filed a wrongful death suit against him.
A story out of Houston has us equally peeved, as a West Point cadet now faces expulsion from school for being a punching bag for the corpulent Patti LaBelle’s security detail:
Lawyers for a West Point cadet who says bodyguards for soul singer Patti LaBelle beat him while he was waiting for a ride at a Houston airport released security video Thursday showing the student being pushed and punched by two men and a woman.Richard King, 23, a U.S. Military Academy senior from Houston, filed a lawsuit this week against the 67-year-old vocalist, three of her entourage, a Bush Intercontinental Airport taxi dispatcher and the airport, seeking unspecified actual and punitive damages in connection with the March 11 incident.King’s attorney, John Raley, said Thursday that his client had been suspended from West Point as a result of the episode and placed in a “mentorship” program which will require active-duty status of at least a year.
Police smelled alcoholWest Point spokesman Francis DeMaro declined to discuss specifics of King’s case, but said cadets can be placed under mentorship for violations of the academy’s code of honor. Inappropriate use of alcohol, he said, may result in such action.Houston police responding to the late-night incident outside the airport’s Terminal C said King smelled of alcohol.
Raley said the cadet had consumed a few alcoholic drinks on his flight to Houston but was not impaired.
Raley said his client, who had come to Houston for spring break, was talking to his brother on a cell phone when he wandered toward LaBelle’s limousine in the passenger pickup area.
“Apparently, defendant LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her (no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in,” the lawsuit asserts. “LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her bodyguards. They sprang into action.”
The lawsuit contends King never struck members of LaBelle’s group.In the video, King is seen wandering near the auto while talking on his cellphone. Then he is pushed and punched before falling against a concrete pillar. Apparently stunned, King attempts to rise three times, but falls. He finally stumbles away from the scene.For some seconds before the blows, King is not visible on the screen. The video has no audio. The security tape also shows two Houston police officers posing for photographs with LaBelle after the confrontation, King’s blood on the ground a few feet away.King was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The lawsuit says he suffered a concussion.“There can never be any justification for the savage battery of King…” the lawsuit states. “Defendant LaBelle is hot-tempered herself … She was a full participant in the cruel attack on King. She ordered it, and never tried to stop it.”Calls to LaBelle’s management company were not returned Thursday.
Driver says he was struckA police incident report confirms that an altercation occurred involving King and LaBelle’s limousine driver, Zuri Edwards, 37. Edwards told police that a verbally abusive King hit him after he was asked to move as staffers approached with luggage carts.Police said Edwards suffered a bruise on his face but did not want to press charges against King, who told officers he could not remember what happened before or during the attack.Raley said his client — who was a defensive player for the Army football team – may undergo medical testing to determine the extent of his injuries this summer. “With head injuries,” he said, “the full seriousness may not immediately be apparent.”
Watch the video here. Police actually pose for pictures with the turgid LaBelle after King was placed in a ambulance.
Here are two, totally unrelated stories. One is about a guy who lived a good life, but because two Black robbers entered his pharmacy he now resides in jail. Funny, CNN.com tried to tell us that the majority of pharmacy criminals are white, one of the only times the media will gleefully reveal the race of suspected criminals:
Pharmacies voluntarily report the robberies to RXPatrol, so the true number of crimes is probably much higher, said Capt. Rich Conklin of the Stamford, New Jersey, Police Department, who advises drugstores on how to deal with the robberies.
Nationwide, the majority of drugstore robbers are white males who are in their 20s and hooked on painkillers, Conklin said.
“A lot of them have become spree criminals,” he said. “They are very determined and probably not in their right frame of mind.”
The other story is about a football player for Army, a West Point cadet who would soon be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, but now faces expulsion from his university for standing too close to some Black Diva’s luggage.
That’s Black-Run America for you.
Out of all the projects we’re working on (SBPDL Year 2 and The Opiate of America) it is a fictional story like The Next Man in Hell that brings us the most enjoyment.