Three black men broke into the home of the Edmonds family, who are white. They tore through the house, demanding marijuana, and beat homeowner Shannon Edmonds' 19-year-old stepson, Dale Lafferty, almost to death with a baseball bat. He now eats through a tube and suffers brain damage, and has to live in a rehabilitation center. Edmonds then proceeded to shoot two of the intruders, killing them, while the third, Renato Hughes Jr., fled.
Hughes has now been charged with murder under California's Provocative Act doctrine, which states that prosecutors have to show not that the intruders intended to kill, but that "it was reasonably foreseeable that the criminal enterprise could trigger a fatal response from the homeowner".
I'd say breaking into someone's home, trying to rob them, and beating their child almost to death with a baseball bat would "trigger a fatal response" for most people.
But, not surprisingly, the NAACP is howling racism. Al Sharpton will probably be organizing
The NAACP complained that prosecutors came down too hard on Hughes, who also faces robbery, burglary and assault charges. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.
The Rev. Amos Brown, head of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP and pastor at Hughes' church, said the case demonstrates the legal system is racist in remote Lake County, aspiring wine country 100 miles north of San Francisco. The sparsely populated county of 13,000 people is 91 percent white and 2 percent black.
Brown and other NAACP officials are asking why the homeowner is walking free. Tests showed Edmonds had marijuana and prescription medication in his system the night of the shooting. Edmonds had a prescription for both the pot and the medication to treat depression.
"This man had no business killing these boys," Brown said. "They were shot in the back. They had fled."
The district attorney said that race played no part in the charges against Hughes and that the homeowner was spared prosecution because of evidence he was defending himself and his family, who were asleep when the assailants barged in at 4 a.m.
Edmonds' stepson, Dale Lafferty, suffered brain damage from the baseball bat beating he took during the melee. The 19-year-old lives in a rehabilitation center and can no longer feed himself.
"I didn't do anything wrong. All I did was defend my family and my children's lives," said Edmonds, 33. "I'm sad the kids are dead, I didn't mean to kill them."
He added: "Race has nothing to do with it other than this was a gang of black people who thought they were going to beat up this white family."
Hughes' mother, San Francisco schoolteacher Judy Hughes, said she believes the group didn't intend to rob the family, just buy marijuana. She called the case against her son a "legal lynching."
I just love how being a minority means you can do anything you want, and if a white person tries to defend themselves, it's automatically RACISM!!!
And what's really fun is how the mother says it's a "legal lynching" and that they just wanted to "buy marijuana". Right, the three of them broke into someone's house at 4:00 in the morning and beat a 19-year-old kid almost to death just to "buy marijuana". Lady, I don't know what orifice your head is stuck in, but you need to pull it out.
Thanks to the actions of the "Reverends" Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, with the NAACP willingly parroting their garbage, it's now RACISM!!! for a white person to defend his life and the lives of his family against a group of black men. Apparently it's also RACISM!!! to charge that a black person committed a crime against a white person -- see the Jena 6 and the OJ Simpson trial for examples.
Holding each person accountable for his or her own actions, regardless of skin color or gender, is no longer allowed in the progressive and enlightened United States. This is also something that the NAACP does not believe in. No, they think that if a group of black men commits a crime, like, let's say, breaking into a house and beating a young man to the point of brain damage, and the homeowner defends himself, the homeowner (Shannon Edmonds) should be arrested -- not the criminal.
Thank God the only court the NAACP has only modicum of control over whatsoever is the court of public opinion -- and even then, most rational people ignore them anyways. It's just too bad that there aren't many rational people in the mainstream [liberal] media. They're more than willing to parrot the bilge that Sharpton & Co. spews.
Hey, wonder if Rebecca Aguilar has any thoughts on this case.
Hat Tip: Moonbattery