We, as a nation, are better than this

We, as a nation, are better than this

How could this happen?

In this day and age, you would think criminals would get caught – or at least LOOKED for, right?  I need to be vague because “they” said that too much publicity could cause the person to stay in hiding.  Ok.  I also only have one side of the story, but I trust my sources.  So here’s the scoop.

A young male, under 18, is beat up at work by a male, almost ten years his senior.  Why?  Apparently, the older male had taken bets with a bunch of his friends to see how many punches it would take to break the young man’s nose.  The younger man ended up with quite a bit of facial damage, and was in the hospital for a while.

What has been done about this atrocity? Nada, nothing, zero.  The minor’s mother has filed charges, but the man has “disappeared”.  Interestingly enough, the local sheriff is a relative of the guy that beat the kid up.  Hmm, can you say “Good ol’ boy network at work?”

What I mean by that is, the lawyer isn’t doing anything to help, no papers have been filed to try to get anything done, the local law took the weekend off, right after this happened, when they could have been searching for the guy, and the local media hasn’t printed a thing about the incident.  Sounds to me to be a case of small town, I’ll cover your (you know what) if you cover mine.  I thought that went out in the 60’s.

This poor mother has been blocked at every step.  Where is the justice for her son, so blatantly injured?   The question is – why isn’t anything being done to catch this guy?  Why hasn’t the lawyer pushed the local law to get a move on or gone over their heads to the state police?  Why hasn’t the media picked the story up?  We see stories on the news, or the internet, all the time about bullying and beatings (not that I WANT to see that stuff) so why have they been told they can’t go public with this?  Is the sheriff protecting his family?

I’m not trying to bad mouth the police – I have great respect for our law enforcement.   Sometimes, well intentioned people make bad choices.  Sometimes corruption exists, it’s sad but it’s true.  I am saddened by this whole situation, and I cannot imagine how frustrated this family must be.  I get a glimpse of it because we’ve chatted, as we are friends, but I haven’t been in this situation.   It must just be an awful feeling, knowing the man who put your child in the hospital is walking around free, and no one is really looking for him.

Today’s blog is my way of trying to help get the word out without going public.  Something is rotten in this situation and I can only pray that things get better and that the victim’s family doesn’t get tired of waiting and go vigilante.  Taking matters into our own hands, when there are laws set up to handle things, is not the way to go.  Hang tight, be persistent, and pray without ceasing.

We, as a nation, are better than this. 

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