Okay folks, I’m not coming on here to defend a group of racists who were shouting slurs and pointing guns at a family during a child’s birthday party. That is not my intent, but we need to discuss the confederate flag confrontation sentence that was handed out.
Monday morning, a judge sentenced Torres to 20 years in prison, with 13 to serve. Norton was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with six to serve.
Like I said, I’m not here to defend, or otherwise support those people. They are jerks, and they did a very jerky thing. However, it bothers me that they are going to serve way more time in prison than Brock Turner, a guy who was convicted of rape. They will spend more time behind bars than the police officer who killed Walter Scott. They will spend more time behind bars than a guy who used a hanger to molest a mentally ill kid.
Do you see my point? These people committed a disgusting act, and they should be punished. But let’s be honest here folks, 13 and 6 years in prison for aggravated assault? Murderers have served less time in prison, rapists serve less time in prison, child molesters serve less time in prison. What’s going on here?
Comparatively speaking, there is no comparison between a group of Confederate flag waving racists yelling, “I’m gonna kill you n*ggers,” and someone raping a freaking child. It’s just not comparable in any way, shape or form. Yet, these guys will serve more time in prison that murderers and child rapists.
Should they be punished? Hell yeah they should be. They did a terrible thing, especially once they involved the guns, and considering the proximity that this crime had to the Charleston shooting. However, any fair human being will acknowledge that the sentencing seems to not fit the crime.
I wish our judges would do their jobs and punish people fairly, according to their actual crimes. This should concern us all, because a world where a rapist walks after 3 months, and a damned racist who committed nowhere as heinous a crime gets 13 years is extremely worrisome.
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