Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Lynching in Kensington

A rape suspect nearly beaten to death by an angry mob.

From the story
A neighbor who said he witnessed the assault outside a corner grocery store said the community had to take action. Louis Valentine, 47, said he had helped hand out pictures of Carrasquillo in the day before the crowd spotted him on the street Tuesday.

“I’m proud of the community for the first time,” said Valentine, who moved to the neighborhood from New York two years ago. “You don’t do that to a little angel.”

Yeah. Well, this is nothing short of vigilantism. If a bunch of Philly cops did this, they'd be villified and brought up on charges. The "neighbors" who participated in this street beating should be identified and prosecuted.

Hopefully, they got the right guy, the scumbag who raped a local 11-year-old girl. And if they did, he deserved every kick, every bat to the head, he got. But it isn't a mob's place to dispense justice in this country, no matter what the crime.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gil, your comments are correct and in keeping with the best legal thinking. However, let's also face reality...What jury of Philadelphians is going to convict these people of anything?

June 4, 2009 at 6:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gil, but somehow you are okay with torturing "suspected" terrorists and POW's without giving them a fair trial or whether they even really have any useful information.

June 5, 2009 at 10:35 AM 

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