Second Suspect Arrested in UNC Killing
By ERIN GARTNER and MIKE BAKER,AP
Posted: 2008-03-13 07:17:49
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (March 13) – Authorities in Durham, N.C., say they have arrested the second suspect wanted in the slaying of the University of North Carolina’s student body president.
Durham police Lt. Robert McLaughlin Jr. said early Thursday that officers arrested Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr. at 4:16 a.m. He said the 17-year-old Lovette surrendered to patrol and SWAT officers who had surrounded his home.
Police on Wednesday arrested 21-year-old Demario James Atwater of Durham. He later made an initial court appearance on charges of first-degree murder and was ordered held without bond.
Twenty-two-year-old student body president Eve Carson Carson was found last week lying on a street about a mile from campus. The biology and political science major from Athens, Ga., had been shot several times, including once in the right temple. [more]
How much do you want to bet this will never be considered a hate crime? How fast do you think the suspects would have been charged with a hate crime if they had been white and the victim had been black?
The double standard is sickening. Reverse discrimination is discrimination; and it will always be racist to punish someone more harshly for having the wrong color of skin (even if it is white). This is why hate crime legislation is unconstitutional. It punishes people unequally depending on the race of the victim. Did we not learn that subjugating someone because of the color of their skin is wrong? Did we not learn that making someone’s life less valuable because of their race is unacceptable?
Not to mention, this also proves that our right to arm and defend ourselves should never be infringed upon by our government. Had Eve Carson been armed when she was attacked she may be alive today. The only people gun control effects are law abiding citizens. They lose their rights and they become the victims to criminals who will always obtain firearms illegally.