‘How can you claim self-defense and you are the aggressor?’

That question begets another: How do police fail to file charges when an unarmed teen is shot for apparently no other reason than his appearance? SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Calls made to police show that a black teenager was terrified as he tried to get away from the white neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, and that the volunteer was not defending himself as he has claimed, the teen’s family told The Associated Press on Saturday. Sanford police released eight 911 calls late Friday. The neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, tells a dispatcher in the first call that he is following 17-year-old…

Crime down, senseless murders up

Beyond ruthless, beyond human: A 14-year-old boy was killed at a MARTA station over a cell phone he didn’t even have. Rueben Hand was on his way home after watching the Peach Drop with friends, his aunt, Lena Barnes, told the AJC. But the high school freshman never made it to the train. His family says he died after his throat was cut with a knife. I’m opposed to the death penalty but would gladly look the other way if an angry mob tracked down the monster responsible for this atrocity. How in the hell did this happen at a MARTA station…

worst persons in the world (cobb county edition)

Pure evil: After breaking 20 bones in her 2-month-old girl’s body, a young Marietta mother waited two to three weeks before taking the baby to a doctor, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the AJC. Her boyfriend, the baby’s father, also refused to take the infant to the hospital, the warrant alleges. “This baby suffered through an extra 2-3 weeks of pain having 20 broken bones, including a skull fracture and a severely broken and displaced femur,” the warrant states. Antoinette White, 20, and her boyfriend, Kevin Straight, 32, remain in the Cobb County Jail following their Dec. 22 arrest. They…

blame the media, facts be damned

Scott Henry’s post on Fresh Loaf, “Clearing up confusion over Standard murder” clears up nothing. His only source is the cop who fed reporters misinformation regarding the details of John Henderson’s murder. Based on that, and his own assumptions, Henry concludes “the press snafu over the Henderson murder was brought about by a combination of vague, inconclusive information offered by the police and a competitive news environment in which reporters race to make their stories as definitive as possible — often before all the facts are nailed down.” Read Tim Eberly’s initial account of the murders — all the details are attributed…