If only there had been some kind of sign. You know…some sort of pattern of behavior that screamed to the authorities, “This guy is a lunatic!” Maybe something like a crime spree in Arkansas that earned him a 108 year sentence. That might be a sign. Or the fact that he violated his parole and was sent back to prison. This isn’t “lunatic” behavior but a trend is developing.
Maybe when he assaulted a police officer and raped a girl and justified it by saying that he had a vision he was Jesus and the Apocalypse was coming soon. That might have raised a few red flags. Or maybe when a psychological evaluation done in October said he was “a risk to public safety”. Apparently, he was not a big enough risk because he walked again.
Or maybe this paragraph I lifted from the AP could have been a sign:
At the time of his arrest, he allegedly made “religiously-themed comments, told the officer President Obama and Lebron James are his brothers, Oprah (Winfrey) is his sister and referred to himself as ‘the beast,'” according to the evaluation.
All of these things could have pointed to misbehavior at some point in the future. I am pretty sure raping a child in and of itself should prevent you from posting bail with the assistance of Jail Sucks Bail Bonds.
Sadly, for the families of 4 police officers, no single person or organization cared enough to lock this guy up. The finger pointing that is going on is a pathetic effort by all parties involved to cover their collective asses. Personally, I am going to blame Mike Huckabee (aka Huckleberry). Granting clemency because someone is young is not a good enough reason. The judicial system is not in place for any one person to override it unless there is empirical evidence that a mistake has been made.
Not surprisingly, when a police officer came across the suspect, Maurice Clemmons, he fired first and asked questions later. Was there any scenario where this situation was not going to end like this? So, thanks to do-gooder Huckleberry and any number of other people, the guy they were trying to “treat fairly” ends up dead anyway. Everyone loses in this deal.
While I have a soft spot for crazy people, like myself, the ability to play the crazy card goes away when you are involved in criminal behavior. Even Gotham City at least tried to keep the Joker in an asylum. Our judicial system simply needs to do a better job.
When Barry Obama explains why we need to spend several billions more to continue the “war” in Afghanistan, think about how that money could be partially used to decrease jail overcrowding and provide mental help to the other lunatics walking the street. While I guess I am concerned about someone calling a Jihad on me, I am much more concerned about people like Maurice Clemmons walking the streets. (And while I am at it…all Christians should be eliminated because Clemmons was a Christian. If the Muslims need to be eliminated for killing folks then, by God, so should the Jesus lovers).
I will now step off of my soapbox so the Huckleberry love fest can begin.
PS: Sorry for my lack of comments here and at your cribs. Crazy busy this time of year. Fu**ing elves are completely useless.