by John Boch
“Justice for Nick”
That was the theme of a vigil in Atlanta for a young man killed by police after he stole a Maserati and tried to run them over.
Life is about choices and Nicholas Taft Thomas chose poorly.
How poorly did Nick Thomas choose?
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) – …Thomas, 23, was shot March 24 outside the Cumberland Parkway Goodyear tire store where he worked after officers tried to serve him with an arrest warrant. Police contended he used a car as a weapon and Sgt. Kenneth Owens killed Thomas in self-defense. Owens has been with the Smyrna police since 2001.
Police said Thomas got into a customer’s Maserati and tried to run over officers rather than submit to arrest. Owens fired into the moving car, which came to a stop, police said.
Yet the community from which he came rallies in his death, claiming he was a victim of overzealous cops.
The problem is exacerbated by “community activists” who call for the use armed violence against the police.
The president of the Georgia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said Tuesday that black Americans should exercise their Second Amendment rights by defending themselves against hostile police officers.
“I am going to advocate at this point that all African Americans advocate their Second Amendment rights,” Georgia SCLC President Samuel Mosteller said at a Tuesday news conference in Atlanta. “You stand there, [police] shoot. You run, they shoot. We’re going to have a take a different tack in order to send a message to the majority community that we are not to be victims.”
Mr. Mosteller: You deserve to be rebuked.
You were spot on that all Americans – including African Americans – advocate for their Second Amendment rights. Good guys with guns deter bad guys from plying their trade.
But suggesting that people use guns against police lawfully doing their jobs is fraught with peril for you, your fellow African Americans and our police.
Your enemy, Mr. Mosteller, isn’t the police. It is attitudes such as your own that you somehow aren’t required to submit to the lawful authority of police doing their jobs – trying to make the entire community, including your own, safer.
If you don’t want to be victims, cooperate with the police in identifying violent criminals instead of protecting them and rallying “for justice” when they are shot dead by the authorities while engaging in anti-social, violent behavior. Raise your children right to respect those in authority and to value education, hard work, decency along with moral and ethical behavior. So long as “your children” eschew education and authority while embracing welfare, single-parenthood, and the evil that is the Hip-Hop culture, you’re going to be the victims. Of yourselves.
Not surprisingly, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has disowned its Georgia chapter president’s words.