Monday, May 14, 2007

Where Is The Justice?

A 91-year-old World War II veteran was savagely beaten as onlookers just stood by and watched, a surveillance video shows.

Leonard Sims was asked for a light for a cigarette by Deontae Edwards, 22. As he reached for a lighter, that’s when Edwards pinned Sims between the elderly man’s driver’s door and the car next to his and punched him in the face 21 times, according to NewsChannel5 in Detroit.

The video shows Edwards taking Sims’ car keys, knocking him down and driving off with his 2005 Chevy Malibu.

Interestingly enough, a year ago another elderly man, a 93-year-old World War II veteran, was attacked for his car as well.

Now, Sims wants Edwards to face some heavy charges because he feels that he could have been killed. If you saw the video, he’s right, any number of things could have resulted in death, from being punched by a big, strong 22-year old man or falling to the ground.

And what type of animal is Edwards that he felt there was a need to repeatedly hit a trapped, harmless old man? He could have just had his hand in his pocket and told Sims he had a gun and to hand over the car keys. After all, what could a 91 year old do? Not much. But no, Edwards wanted to show how tough he was by beating the hell out of a man who fought in World War II.

But the thing that should have everyone pig-biting mad is that there was onlookers watching this senseless beating and didn’t do a damn thing about it. What has this society come to that we decide it’s better to watch then act? It’s not like Edwards had a knife or a gun.

It’s time that we not only demand real justice against those who prey on helpless victims but to come together as a society and help those who need it.