First of all, let me say that in principle I support the controversial and much discussed Stand Your Ground law. Why I do doesn’t really matter; and, for all intents and purposes of this post, I don’t feel like discussing why I support it. However, what I’d like to talk about is yet another case where someone was shot and killed and the shooter has yet to be arrested. So why do I want to talk about this case? Well, as I see it, this case in particular is very interesting given the racial dynamic. For weeks now I’ve heard a lot of talk about the Stand Your Ground Law being racist. Or, described as a law that gives license to racist individuals to murder people of color indiscriminately.
Well, the victim in this particular case is a 22-year-old white male who as it turns out, was mentally retarded and had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. The shooter however, happens to be a black man. What I find particularly interesting, is the fact that there is very little talk of justice for Daniel Adkins much in the same way there’s talk of justice for Trayvon Martin. And I find this particularly interesting given the politicization of the incident involving George Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense as it relates to the NRA pushed and ALEC supported Stand Your Ground Law. In case you’ve been under a rock for the past few weeks, the Stand Your Ground Law currently exists in 24 states. Arizona, where Daniel Adkins was killed, like Florida, also has their own version of Stand Your Ground.
Check out the story courtesy myfoxphoenix.com:
LAVEEN – Police are saying more about a shooting at a Taco Bell Tuesday night in which one man died.
They’re also identifying the victim as 29-year-old Daniel Adkins.
About 7:30 p.m., a 22-year-old 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, Adkins stepped around a corner into the path of the vehicle and angry words were exchanged between he 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, called police but has not been arrested.
At first, the couple claimed that Adkins had a metal pipe that he swung at them — but it turns out he was holding a dog leash with his yellow lab on the other end.
Family members want that driver arrested, but he’s claiming self-defense.
“He needs to be behind bars. I’ll never see my brother again,” says sister Marina Reyes. “If he felt that my brother was threatening him, he could have easily just rolled up the window and called the cops.”
A metal pipe or bat was never located. An independent witness did say Adkins swung his fists in the driver’s direction.
“He swung his fist towards the driver window, and at some point the driver shot him,” says Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “Just because we don’t book a person immediately does not mean we don’t charge a person at a later date.”
The dog, Lady, stayed by Adkins’ side until the Humane Society came. Adkins lived with his mom and dad. He’s 29, but his family says he’s mentally disabled and has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. He didn’t drive, and walked wherever he went.
“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,” says Reyes. “He was just too aggressive, you don’t need to go that far.”
The shooter’s name has not been released. The investigation is still ongoing.
Check out the video:
Now, you would think that my lefty friends in the media would be all over this case right now. Given all the hoopla surrounding the situation in Sanford, Florida, one would expect the media to be right on top of this case in Arizona in an attempt to add fuel to the fire. But it’s been almost a week since Adkins was killed, and not a word from my lefty friends on any of my favorite shows on MSNBC’s prime-time nightly lineup. Nope, not even a mention in passing or anything. Lemme guess: nobody is talking about Daniel Adkins because unlike Trayvon, he wasn’t armed with Skittles and ice tea? Heck, not even an investigation to see if he was wearing a hoodie at the time?
Oh, about me supporting the Stand-Your-Ground laws?
Before the new laws were enacted, the use of deadly force in self-defense without first trying to flee was usually only justifiable by those defending themselves in their own homes.
Recent legislation in numerous states, however, removed the requirement that a person defending him/herself in virtually any public place first try to retreat before using deadly force.
The first state to adopt the new self-defense laws was Florida in 2005. Since that time, at least 13 other states, including Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Idaho, and Kansas, have followed suit. (source)
Look, I’m just going to go ahead and say it: my white liberal friends in the media could give a rats ass about Atkins being the latest victim of yet another states Stand Your Ground Law. And, they don’t because of the fact that he’s white, and he was killed by a black man. Yep, nothing racially polarizing about this one, folks – yep, nothing to see here. Hell, black men kill white people everyday; hell, why run that tired meme into the ground. I mean the last thing they would want to be is racist like the noise makers over at Rupert’s place, right? Yep, fair and balanced in no way rhymes with hypocrisy. But hey, that’s a great thing, I suppose; yep, justice and equality for all.