His name is Roderick Scott.
He’s a 42-year-old black man with the build of a football player. He also holds a New York State Pistol Permit, or he did until recently. In fact, until April of this year, he kept a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol readily to hand. Whether that pistol has been returned to him by now, and whether he still holds his permit (or will again) is anybody’s guess. I don’t know Mr. Scott and have never spoken to him.
Roderick Scott is, to his misfortune, a resident of Greece, New York — a suburb of the crime-ridden, crumbling city of Rochester, NY. I say this is to Roderick Scott’s misfortune because, were he a resident of a state that leans less perilously to the left, he might not just have endured several months of legal torture, followed by the longest 19 and a half hours of his life.
Back in April, after an argument with his common-law wife, Scott was asleep on the couch in his home. At 3:00 in the morning he heard a disturbance outside, looked out the window, and saw three teenagers trying to break into his car. Shoving his gun into his waistband, he went outside to see what in hell was going on.
He caught one Christopher Cervini, then 17, in the driveway across the street. With Cervini were his cousin, James, and their friend Brian Hopkins. They were busily rifling through the neighbor’s car when Roderick Scott confronted them. These teenagers, you see, are (in Cervini’s case, he was) petty criminals. They were working their way through all the cars in the neighborhood in order to find things to steal.
The teens had also been drinking earlier in the evening. A toxicologist’s report confirmed that Christopher Cervini was legally drunk at the time of his death. (All three teenagers had, as at least one of them admitted, been drinking stolen gin before the incident.) This fine, upstanding young man, who (we were repeatedly informed during the trial) had no criminal record, also had marijuana and amphetamines in his system. The marijuana traces were consistent with a history of such use, while Cervini had been perscribed no drugs that would have accounted for the positive amphetamine results.
I have been researching the Roderick Scott case along with the Trayvon Martin case. Folks, I have to tell you, the similarities are striking. The difference here is that the shooter Roderick Scott is a Black man and the victim, Christopher Cervini, was a white teen. Of course, New York’s gun law’s are more strict than Florida; but Scott, like Zimmerman, called 911 BEFORE shooting. Scott thought Cervini was trying to break into a neighbor’s car. What is even more interesting is that most of you probably have never heard of this incident, which took place not that long ago in 2009.
There were no marches, no protests and very little media coverage. President Obama didn’t speak on this case. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson didn’t show their faces and Geraldo Rivera didn’t blame Cervini’s clothing attire for him being shot. Scott also was not investigated for a hate crime even though his victim was white and only the local law enforcement investigated this case.
Now some will argue that in Zimmerman’s case because Martin is black, the “white” man will get off or never be charged. In fact, one HUGE difference between the two cases is that Scott WAS arrested, he WAS tried in a court of law but ultimately found NOT guilty of manslaughter. To be fair, I think that the reason he was arrested IS because New York does not have the “Stand Your Ground” law, not just because he was Black, and I can’t eliminate nor assert race as a factor for the arrest because it is impossible for me to know what officers were thinking when they arrested him.
Writer Michael Filozof of the American Thinker website shared his views in this article on the American Thinker website and I concur:http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/what_if_trayvon_had_been_white_and_the_shooter_black.html#.T3gcEOicOxJ.facebook
Let’s be honest with ourselves – muffled, alleged, racial epithet and assumption that the pronoun “they”automatically means “Black person” aside there is nothing about the Zimmerman case that can directly be linked to a racist motive at all. A white person is not racist just by virtue of being white, nor is any member of any other race.
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