Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Case In Point

For "ari", who commented:

How do you know somebody is a criminal until they commit a crime? Isn't the definition of a criminal somebody who commits a crime? And if you're talking about crime that is done by gun violence, how do you stop crime a crime by locking up the person who did it *after* they've already done the crime?

Ari, meet Michael Addison.

This is the lowlife piece of shit who is accused of shooting police officer Michael Briggs in the head early Monday morning. Officer Briggs died this afternoon, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Now, here's a pop quiz for you.

The Boston Globe describes this scumbag as...

(a) an innocent victim of a racist conspiracy.
(b) a law-abiding citizen who held a gun one day and was transformed into a cold-hearted killer by its mysterious, mind-controlling powers.
(c) a student at a liberal arts college in Massachusetts with no clue as to how the world operates outside their hallowed, protective walls of academia.
(d) a man with a "record of violent crimes".

Here are a few hints:

From the Boston Herald:

In 1996, when he was 16, he was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, a source said.

In March 1997, one day after his 17th birthday, Addison used a 5-inch knife to repeatedly stab a fellow basketball player, Tredaine Purdy, in order to steal Purdy'’s hat, according to court records.

Three buddies helped Addison run Purdy down, kicking and punching the teen, who was headed to a tutoring class at Madison Park High.

Addison, who was indicted by a Suffolk grand jury for armed assault with intent to murder, later pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault charges. He was committed to the custody of the state Department of Youth Services until his 21st birthday.

Upon his release, however, he violated the terms of his probation and in 2004 was sentenced to six months in the Suffolk House of Correction.

From the Boston Globe:

In November 2003, Addison and another man pleaded guilty to criminal restraint for holding another man against his will in Derry in a drug dispute...

And, from the New Hampshire Union Leader:

He also is charged with an Oct. 11 robbery of the 7-Eleven in Hudson and criminal liability to reckless conduct in a shooting Sunday at 348 Edward J. Roy Drive, where several shots were fired, missing a father and son by inches.

Police knew Addison because they arrested him in Manchester in 2002 and 2004 for being a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts where he was wanted for assault and aggravated assault.

Yeah...just two or three more gun control laws would have made him change his ways, right?

On a happier note, from the above-linked Globe story:

Murdering a police officer is one of the limited number of crimes punishable by death in New Hampshire, which last executed someone in 1939 and has no one on death row.

I'll spring for the rope.