Though I agree with your basic sentiment regarding the potential for discrimination, beating "multiple fractures" into someone's skull does not, on the outset, appear to be mere defense. They obviously had enough evidence to hold him, even before it became clear that this was going to be a "homicide" or "manslaughter" case rather than "attempted murder." To make such a charge, one would think the prosecutors feel confident in their evidence.
And even if the victim had "started" the fight, since when is that justification for a beating so brutal it ends in death? Why didn't the suspect appear to have any wounds when he was arraigned today? I'm hoping these are all questions that will be answered as information comes to light. In the meantime, I am mourning the loss of a man I knew, and someone whom I believe was a great benefit to the city in which I was born and raised, and I would feel the same way if the man in custody right now happened to be white instead of brown.
Lots of rumors out there, but yes he deserves an deeper investigation. I knew this man well and there is NO WAY he went down easy. A slip and fall with a crack to the head? Never. He was a rugby player of note and the position he played was particularly demanding - if you have ever watched an international level rugby match you will understand. Even at 56 yrs he was in impressive shape and not to be trifled with.
Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Ken Harrison 10:30 a.m., March 8
Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., March 8
Ian Pike 8 a.m., March 8
Ian Anderson 6 p.m., March 7
Gloria Ciprian 5:30 p.m., March 7
Carlos Bey 3:30 p.m., March 7
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