Opinion: Reverse Racism

| December 10, 2009 | 8 Comments

White Firebomber Gets 15, Black Killers Get 5

Christopher David Jones was killed in May 2009

Christopher David Jones was killed in May 2009

Without doubt, the murder of Christopher Jones polarized the area. Sure there may have been some gang connections, but nothing warrants the senseless beating of a 15 year old and leaving him to die along a residential street.

During the fallout, there was a firebombing in Odenton which was a misdirected act of retaliation. This week, Judge Paul Hackner sentenced Johnathan R. Myers to 30 years in prison and suspended all but 15. Effectively, Hackner gave this 23 year old man, 15 years in prison for a botched firebombing that caused $33,000 in damage.

But what about Javel George and Trey Robinson, the two youths who actually did kill Christopher Jones? Well, Trey entered an Alford Plea in September and will receive 6 years in a juvenile facility and will be released no later than his 21st birthday. And on December 3, 2009, Javel George, the other assailant, pleaded guilty to the killing and received a similar sentence by Judge Michael Wachs.

Where is the justice?

How is it that our justice system can punish (award?) two admitted killers a maximum six year sentence; yet incarcerate a pyro to 15 years? What message is this sending to today’s youth?

Yes the two were legally minors. But the violence and premeditation of this crime certainly should have trumped that argument.  This was not an accident. This was not a case where some kids were fooling around. This was not a case of a random fight. This was a case of a gang of kids killing another.  And while George and Robinson have taken the heat, the Anne Arundel County Police have yet to resolve (or find) the others who were involved.

So what is wrong with this picture? Firebombing is a crime and perhaps the sentence is appropriate; certainly some length of incarceration is. But why the leniency on the other two criminals? They were 14 and 16 at the time of the crime. Were they unaware that killing someone (or even beating them into unconsciousness) was wrong? Did their parents, families and schools fail to impart basic moral principles? These two knew what they were doing and deserve a lot more than they got.

The sad part is that there are other kids who participated in this that now know they got away with it without any repercussions. Are they apt to do it again? What message does it send to all children? Break the law and no matter how heinous the crime, you get a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card for your 21st birthday.

What is the difference between these cases and the case of David Benjamin Raszewski who raped a 7 year old girl? He did not kill anyone. He was a minor when the crime occurred. His victim was also a minor. And he (rightfully so) now faces life in prison.

It is a true dichotomy!

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