Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Alabama invader gets what he deserves: "One man was shot and killed as he allegedly broke into a residence at 900 Julia Street just before 4 a.m. today. According to Huntsville police reports, a man was startled by a loud banging at his front door, and he and his roommate armed themselves and went to investigate. They discovered someone kicking in the front door, and one of the offenders was shot and killed as he entered the residence with a pistol in his hands. The other offender ran away. The names of the victims and the person who was shot and killed were being withheld early today."

NAACP Leader Calls Homicide Among Young Black Men an Epidemic: "The Cleveland NAACP responded Friday to criticism surrounding the shooting death of a teenage boy during a robbery. NAACP President George Forbes and Cleveland Councilman Zach Reed said the black community failed 15-year-old Arthur Buford, NewsChannel5 reported. They said Buford was wrong for allegedly trying to rob Damon Wells at gunpoint on Saturday. Wells opened fire and killed Buford at East 134th Street and Kinsman. Police said Wells had a valid weapons permit and used the gun in self-defense. "Then you have a 26-year-old young man who had every right to protect his life, protect his fiance and protect his property. But he has to life with the fact that for the rest of his lie he shot a 15-year-old boy," said Reed. "That man had a right to do what he did. If he didn't do it, we'd be sitting here today mourning him rather than the 15-year-old," said Forbes. They pointed out that homicide is the leading cause of death for black men 15 to 24. Forbes said that if we saw those kind of numbers for an illness, the community would be outraged. He said the community should also treat this as an epidemic". [Background on the attempted robbery here]

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