A Hispanic guy shot a black teenager in self-defense, and it was proof that America hasn’t gotten any better since Emmett Till was murdered. Whereas the following story, which is literally an international incident, has no significance beyond the individuals involved. It’s not useful to Al Sharpton and Barack Obama.
As the family of an Australian baseball player gunned down in Oklahoma mourns his death, police said today that the college athlete was targeted by three black teenagers who simply “wanted to see someone die.”
The suspects followed Chris Lane, 22, as he jogged alongside a road in Duncan, Okla., Friday afternoon, shot him in the back and left him to die on the side of the road, said Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford…
“He went by a residence where these three boys were, they picked him as a target, they went out and got in a vehicle and followed him.”
While no one saw the actual shooting, Ford said several people heard a gunshot and “saw Lane stagger across the road, go to a kneeling position and collapse on the side of the road.” Witnesses also reported seeing a black car speeding away from the scene.
Surveillance video from several businesses captured images of the suspects’ vehicle…
After the teens were arrested, Ford said the driver, who is 17, told police they were all at the scene of the slaying and that the 16-year-old suspect pulled the trigger.
“He said the motive was, ‘We were going to kill somebody,’” Ford told Australian radio station 3AW.
They were defending themselves. From being bored.
Here’s Chris Lane:
Nobody would ever mistake him for Obama’s son.
And here are the men… sorry, they’re not 18 yet, so in the post-Trayvon era, we’re supposed to call them children. Here are the children who murdered Chris Lane for fun:
Choose your next words carefully, racists.
It’ll be interesting to see how many other American news outlets find this story notable. So far, not many.
Remember: All stories are local until the news trucks pull up.
Were they white Hispanics? MT @CNN Oklahoma teens kill Australian baseball player, after deciding they “were going to kill somebody”
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 20, 2013
Update: It’s being treated as national news in Australia, but of course it’s being framed as a gun control issue. What are the odds that these, ahem, children used a legally obtained and licensed firearm? Any chance they’re members of the NRA?
Update: News.com.au, which is where the above images originated, used a picture of a different Michael Jones, apparently. From left to right, here are the mugshots of James Edwards, Chancey Luna, and Michael Jones.
This, of course, changes everything. Edwards and Luna are being charged with first-degree murder, whereas Jones is charged with “using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree.”
There’s your angle, Rev. Al. The one with the lightest skin got the lightest charge. The one who looks the least like Obama will get the least punishment. Let the racebaiting begin.
If two black guys shoot a white guy while being driven by another white guy, that proves it wasn't racially motivated. #liblogic
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 21, 2013
Update: James Edwards seems like a nice kid.
Update: It looks like in that original picture of the three, somebody used two pictures of James Edwards but misidentified the second pic, the one with the bandanna, as Michael Jones. Incorporate that into your conspiracy theory, racebaiters.