Disappointed by coverage of race-related murder
September 02, 2014 12:00 AM | 1444 views | 8 8 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I am disappointed in the MDJ’s coverage of the murder of Joshua Chellew. Not once is it noted that the four on trial for the murder are black youths and Mr. Chellew was an unarmed white man. If it had been the other way around, you know it as well as I do that it would be the banner headline every day how four white youths beat an unarmed black man and left him for dead alone and abandoned on a busy highway.

What did the defendants expect to happen to Mr. Chellew? Not one of them reported the crime to police who may have been able to get to him sooner than the car that hit him did. Can you imagine how the driver of that automobile feels? It could have all been avoided had they just left Chellew run away as he tried to do.

Being beaten is brutal and savage. Being punched and kicked by four people is not the way we are supposed to treat one another.

And I was wondering if there have been any updates on the case of road rage where Sparkles Lashayla Lindsey was arrested for shooting and killing KSU student Kim Kilgore?

I would like to clarify something to Ms. Moffitt (“Towery column missed point on Ferguson,” Letters to the Editor, Thursday’s MDJ). There is a huge difference between a petty shoplifting crime and a strong-arm robbery. Petty theft refers to the value of the product taken while strong-arm robbery describes a situation where the offender uses any degree of force to complete the act of theft. There is proof of a strong-arm robbery carried out by Michael Brown before he was killed. Of course I agree that this does not constitute murder, but I believe she should know the correct term to use while describing his crime.



Toni Easterday

Powder Springs

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Papermill gal
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September 07, 2014
And what about Sparkles? Justice is awfully quiet in her case....where are we in that investigation?
Anonymous ll
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September 08, 2014
Papermill gal

Oh!...This Sparkles case.

http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24373691/article-Woman-indicted-in-road-rage-death-of-KSU-student

Where is the Indignation by the;..Press...Pres.Obama...Atny Gen. Holder..National TV..The Black Panthers..Al Sharpton..Jessie Jackson... & The Black community

..Two Clues:

1.) The "maliciously murdered" victim is White.

2.) Pres. Omamba's on the golf course having a tee & the rest have seemingly lost their voices & anger......Wonder Why ?
Honest Abe
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September 02, 2014
If the races had been reversed the FBI, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, DOJ, NAACP, SCLC and the rest of the alphabet soup agencies and news media would be camped out in Cobb still.
Anonymous-IV
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September 07, 2014
I'm glad Ben Twomey knows the true facts, apparently nobody else does.
anonymous
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September 02, 2014
This is a false equivalency. The MDJ has run photos of the Chellew defendants multiple times.

The unarmed Michael Brown was shot six times by a police officer. His body was left in the street for more than four hours. Nobody knows what precipitated the shooting but it appears it could have been avoided.
Ben Twomey
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September 02, 2014
He was shot four times IN THE ARM while charging a police officer whom he had earlier attacked and tried to disarm. The officer fired FOUR NON-KILL SHOTS in an effort to stop him. When that failed, he had no choice but to use lethal force. The man was attacking him, AGAIN.

Tell it right, or don't tell it,.
anonymous-ll
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September 03, 2014
To Anonymous

Identifying a fire..is totally different than throwing gasoline onto the fire & stoking it.

Likewise, one needs to look @ the "true" cause of the fire for solutions rather than the results of its self inflicted total destruction.
Anonymous III
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September 03, 2014
Indeed, photos of the fab four defendants have been published in the past. However, there was no where near the level of "sensational" media coverage for the Chellew case as there has been for the Brown case.
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