The sister and cousin of a black teen shot and killed by a Miami homeowner protecting her property are complaining that people need to see the break-in from the teen’s point of view: “How he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school?”
The home had been burglarized in the past, and the homeowner had put up security cameras which alerted her to the break-in by 17-year-old Trevon Johnson. The 54-year-old homeowner rushed home in time to see Johnson exiting the home. There was a confrontation, say detectives, and a single shot was fired, killing Johnson.
Trevon Johnson’s sister and cousin spoke with local CBS reporters and complained that it didn’t need to come to this — which indeed it didn’t. Had Johnson not chosen to break into someone’s home, he would still be alive. This reasoning seemed to escape his family members:
“I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law… way beyond. He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals. He was a funny guy, he was very big on education, he loved going to school, he loved learning.
And stealing, apparently. The relative continued with a particularly stunning justification for Trevon’s actions:
“You have to understand, you have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood. How he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school?”
How about a job? I realize that in Obama’s America, jobs aren’t easy to come by, but being “raised in the hood” is not an excuse to turn to crime, and suggesting that it is is an insult to those raised in the hood who worked their way out of it.
No charges have yet been brought against the homeowner. Authorities are still investigating.