Monday, March 22, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Arrest Made in N.J. Walmart 'All Black People' Case

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A 16-year-old boy who police said made an announcement at Walmart ordering all black people in a southern New Jersey store to leave was charged with harassment and bias intimidation, authorities said Saturday.

The boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, grabbed one of the courtesy phones at Walmart's Washington Township store Sunday evening and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now," police said.

The teen was arrested Friday and released to the custody of his parents; police did not know whether he had a lawyer.

"This was an extremely disturbing event on many levels," Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said at a news conference. "Any statements like these that can cause harm or grave concern must be addressed as quickly we possibly can."

Dalton said the case would be handled in juvenile court in neighboring Atlantic County, where the boy lives. He would not say whether the boy has a criminal record, citing the teen's age, and would not disclose the teen's race, saying that did not factor into the investigation.

The 16-year-old has been charged with harassment and bias intimidation.

So, what do you think? Fry the little bastard or is this a revisit of the thought crimes in 1984?

Second question - civil rights groups are harassing Walmart and threatening to protest the store. What is Walmart's responsibility in this? The manager got on the PA immediately and apologized. Do they need to go further and demand all of it's customers undergo sensitivity training?


Katie said...

Wrong of the kid but not an arrestable offense. And no, WalMart doesn't bear any responsibility.

Anonymous said...

According to NJ statutes, the maximum penalty for a disorderly conduct (harassment) is 30 days and a fine. The state has to prove criminal intent, however. How are they going to prove this when the perpetrator is a stupid sixteen year old kid? After all, he did attend American public schools, so in many respects, the people of NJ created this monster. Bias intimidation is an anti-bullying statute and I don’t see how a joke gone wrong is bullying. So what we have here is a waste of time and taxpayer money; the individual who made the complaint against Wal-Mart was looking for personal enrichment. I say nice try, but no cigar. Sadly, I think Chuck is right —one giant step toward the Orwellian state.

Mustang Sends

Ticker said...

Just another case of playing the race card to reinforce the Gospel of Victimization.

It has worked well and will continue to work as long as the enforcers of Political Correct thinking and ministers of Victimology are allowed to control the manner in which laws are interpreted and written.

cube said...

The professional victims are making way too much of this. Some stupid brat kid pulled a stunt and shouldn't have been arrested for it. Now the professional victims are looking for the deepest pocket. I hope WalMart doesn't cave in to their attempted shakedown.

Brooke said...

The creep should have been fired.

But arrested? The first amendment doesn't say that free speech shall never be offensive.

Anonymous said...

One Supreme Court Justice said that offensive speech was exactly the kind of speech that deserved protection. So why the double standard here?

I don't think I understand why this particular stunt is so offensive, when we find instances of bullying and intimidation at the mall every single day when idiots use profanity in front of our wives and children and dare us to say anything about it.

At best, this is a case of selective prosecution; at worst, it is political correctness sans common sense.


Chuck said...

Katie, agreed

Mustang, the thought police are out in force

Ticker, agreed. There is not other reason to bitch about this other than for a reason to blame someone else for your life

Cube, good point. There may be a money angle here. I mean, there were probably scarred emotionally

Brooke, I don't think he worked there. He was just a passer-by. Now if there is a question Walmart needs to answer is how this little brat got at their PA system to do this.

Sam, I'm going with PC. I agree also that one hears more offensive stuff in the general public

Brooke said...

It wouldn't be hard to get onto the PA system. Any telephone in the store can overhead page, so all he had to do was go to an empty register, or one of the department phones that are mounted on one of the beams.

MK said...

If only the authorities would treat west-hating muslims like this.

Chuck said...

Brooke, true. Of course that is an easy problem to fix by Walmart

MK, if he had said all Muslims out of the store they probably would have shot the little beast on sight.