Thursday, February 19, 2009

Georgia cop beats black man until blind

His name is Jimmy Blackwell and he is variously reported as 50 or 51 years old.

I don't know all the details. In particular, I don't know the race of the cop who administered the beating, but his name is Bobby C. Mitchell, age 26. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has not released any more info, "pending investigation"--but Blackwell is officially charged with felony obstruction and terrorist threats.

This is just so disturbing and horrific. The Greenville News still doesn't have anything on their website about it, possibly because it is considered Georgia news. Fox Carolina reported that Blackwell is in the ICU here in Greenville, has already lost one eye and may lose the other (which is badly damaged also). Apparently, Blackwell has lost all of his sight.

If Blackwell had not needed surgery here, would local TV news have even covered this event?

From WYFF:


Patrol officer Bobby C. Mitchell said that he approached 51-year-old Jimmy Blackwell on Savannah Street in Hartwell, Ga. On Monday morning after they observed suspicious behavior. Mitchell said after he asked Blackwell for identification, Blackwell fought with him.

Blackwell and the 26-year-old officer were injured during the fight. Mitchell was treated and released.

Blackwell was seriously injured during the altercation. His nephew, James Oglesby, told WYFF News 4 that his uncle will have surgery on Wednesday to remove his eye.

Mitchell is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Blackwell’s family says that they think the officer used excessive force.

"You look at the pictures. You can tell they beat him with something. Hands don't do damage like that," said Blackwell's daughter, Jamiya Blackwell.

His other daughter, Keesha Blackwell, said, “He has gashes all over his head. His eyeball looked like it was out of the socket. He was covered with blood. I thought he was going to die. It was like he was struggling breathing.”
Full slide show here, you decide for yourself. (Warning, extremely graphic and disturbing.) And this is from the Hartwell Sun:

Hartwell man beaten by police
By Megan E. Davis
Staff writer, HARTWELL SUN
February 18, 2009

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation launched an inquiry into an altercation between a Hartwell police officer and a resident of the Rome community.

The struggle ensued after Jimmy Lee Blackwell, 50, of 204 Savannah St., refused to comply when Officer Robert Mitchell asked him for identification around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 16, according to Police Chief Cecil Reno.

Mitchell approached Blackwell because he was staggering as he walked down Savannah Street.

Reno said Mitchell progressed through the levels of engagement police officers are taught to use while dealing with a suspect.

Blackwell fought back as Mitchell attempted to control him with his hands and sprayed him with pepper spray before using his baton.

GBI Special Agent Jim Fullington said a Hartwell employee, who has not been publicly identified, viewed the incident from a patrol car.

He was the only witness to the altercation.

Blackwell was transported to Hart County Hospital with head injuries and later was transferred to Greenville Memorial Hospital.

According to family members, Blackwell's left eye was removed and the fate of his right eye was uncertain as of press time.

Mitchell received a concussion in the altercation and was treated at Hart County Hospital.

He has been placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is investigated.

Blackwell faces felony charges from the Hartwell Police Department of obstruction of an officer and making terroristic threats.

Fullington said the GBI began looking into the incident after receiving a request from Reno around 2 a.m.

"It's our policy to contact the GBI when any allegations are raised against an officer," he said.

Hartwell Mayor Matt Beasley said he was out of town at the time of the incident and did not learn about it until a resident contacted him Monday night.

"I am just now gathering information this morning," Beasley said Wednesday. "I want to ensure this community that a full investigation will be conducted, not only by the GBI, but also as Mayor, I will look into it."

Family members said police used excessive force against Blackwell in the altercation.

"They tried to kill him," Blackwell's daughter, Jamiya Blackwell, said.

Vickie Barnes, a friend of the family, said police and the ambulance crew stopped at Savannah Street Market for 15 minutes before transporting Blackwell to the hospital.

According to Hart County EMS Director Terrell Partain, the ambulance crew arrived at the hospital with Blackwell 21 minutes after a call for the ambulance was received by the EMS office.

Partain said provisions of Georgia law in place to protect patient privacy prevented him from commenting further.

Gloria Morrison, Blackwell's sister, said family members were not allowed to see him or ask about his condition until Feb. 17.

"They told my other sister we were asking too many questions," Jamiya said.

Jamiya said officers also told her family they would be arrested if they did not leave the hospital.

Blackwell has a record of arrest with the department for charges of habitual violator, obstruction of an officer and simple battery.

He has also been arrested by the Hart County Sheriff's Office on two occasions for charges of theft by taking.

Staff writer Antonia Robinson contributed to this article.
People need to be asking LOTS of questions. LOTS OF THEM.

Hartwell, Georgia only has 4188 citizens, total. City Hall and the Police Department are apparently all in the same building:

Hartwell Police Department
700 East Howell St.
Hartwell, Georgia
30643

Phone: (706) 376-4756
Fax: (706) 376-6263

cityofhartwell@hartcom.net


You could let them know the story has now officially LEFT the south and they can't keep it quiet now. (And God bless the internet.)

My prayers and novenas are with Mr. Blackwell and his family.


EDIT/UPDATE: A community meeting is scheduled for 6 pm Friday at Flat Rock CME Church at 5595 Cokesbury Highway in Hartwell. A co-worker tells me that Mitchell is white, but no photos of him have yet been released. Since Blackwell's family is taking this case to the NAACP, they are obviously viewing this as a racial incident. Lots of secrecy surrounding this event; I am the major source getting all the Google hits on this story right now, and I still don't know all of the facts.

Comments on various of the news websites from people who claim to know the involved parties, also say that Mitchell is white.

In addition, Jimmy Lee Blackwell has a police record and has previously been in prison. News agencies and law enforcement are steadily leaking this kind of prejudicial information about Blackwell, while still protecting Mitchell's anonymity and refusing to divulge the precise reason(s) Blackwell was stopped in the first place. (What does "suspicious behavior" mean, exactly?)

UPDATE 2: The above accounts are in conflict with the facts given by Blackwell's family, that there were several police officers, not just one.

44 comments:

mikeb302000 said...

I cringed when I read the title of your post. And, pretty much I didn't stop reading the rest.

They keep saying we need more cops, but something needs to be done about the quality. Don't they have psychological tests to screen out these violent nuts?

sheila said...

As the daughter of a police officer, I will say that there are many good cops out there who understand they are there to serve and protect. this guy should be imprisioned for what he did to this Blackwell guy. I fired off an email to the address you included. These young cops need to check themselves big time. And yes, they should probably be screened better. I'm sure this couldn't possibly be the first complaint against him. People just don't all of a sudden snap out of the blue.

jovan b. said...

On December 14, 2008, a black man was killed by cops in Augusta, GA. His name was Justin Elmore, age 29. One of the two cops involved in the deadly shooting was black.

JoJo said...

Holy crap, that's just awful. Talk about excessive force. There was no need to beat the man's brains in like that. Too bad there was no one around to videotape it like they did w/ Rodney King.

yellowdog granny said...

you know when you become a cop they make you take all sorts of test to see if you are physically able to do the job..I think they should give them tests to see if they are mentally able to do the job..ferret out those whackjobs that like to abuse their powers.

Lisa said...

I swear, the Georgia Department of Tourism is going to have to change it's slogan to "Come to Georgia for the overt racism, stay for the poison peanut butter."

I am an embarrassed citizen of this state.

kcjones said...

I live in GA and there has been a lot of increased violence lately-and there has also been a lot of scary stories in the news lately about violence that shouldn't have happened. For instance, GA Regional (an Atlanta mental hospital) let go a woman who was not ready to leave and even though her parents pleaded with the hospital staff not to let her go, they did, and she ended up killing her mother. Now she's in jail. It should be the hospital director...Bad things are going down here and it's very sad.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Renee has commented on Womanist Musings.

Anonymous said...

Lisa,

Feel free to leave the state any time. Unless court ordered to stay within the boundaries of the state, I am unaware of any restrictions precluding your departure.

shadocat said...

Good Lord, Daisy,how would I know about any of this stuff w/o you?

Keep on shinin' your light, girl

DaisyDeadhead said...

Anonymous, do not insult anyone here. Final warning. And thanks for narrowing down your location for me, since that gave me your IP address from Statcounter. Although I have to say--matching this with Sitemeter is a bit confusing... are you in Snellville or are you the one using Verizon? (If you post again, that will confirm it, so you are certainly welcome to do that, but be nice!) Verizon gives me the actual map to your house via Google Earth. (Is technology amazing or what?) If you troll here again, I will link to it so everyone knows where and who you are.

Have a nice day.

Dea Ford said...

Blackwell is my Boyfriend's cousin. All over Hart Co. all you see is cops, state patrols, d.o.t, I don't mean a few, I mean 50 to 60 cars in one place. They are scared of what the community might do. Serves them right. I want to know who the witness is and why he didn't get out and break up the fight, or did he get his kicks from watching Blackwell get beat half to death?

Anonymous said...

Daisydeadhead,

If you read the blog, I hope that you clearly discern the differenece between an insult and an invitation to support another state that is more accpeting of Lisa's Liberal views.

If you would like to identify me, feel free to invite dialogue via the cell phone.

starks77 said...

Blackwell is my Boyfriend's cousin. All over Hart Co. all you see is cops, state patrols, d.o.t, I don't mean a few, I mean 50 to 60 cars in one place. They are scared of what the community might do. Serves them right. I want to know who the witness is and why he didn't get out and break up the fight, or did he get his kicks from watching Blackwell get beat half to death?

Anonymous said...

Lisa,

I am compelled to comment on your overwhelming ignorance. When you decide to make broad statements regarding isolated events, you are clearly displaying your lack of mental capacity for all to see. I would suggest that you exercise your constitutional gurantee and vacate the state.

Anonymous said...

I am at the office, so call 401-884-9999. Just so that you know, I am far from Snellville, GA. Please don't block your number.

Daisy said...

You are fucking up Battlestar Galactica, troll. It's on.

Quidnessett Baptist Church Dial A Meditation 6356 Post Rd North Kingstown, RI 02852-1830 401-884-9999

Go away Baptist troll. I'll tell Jesus you are jerking off to my picture.

Lisa said...

Daisy, thanks. I don't typically respond to trolls and it's a shame that you have to deal with one.

I'd love to leave this state, but this is where my job is, where my husband's job is and where my kids go to school. The troll's simple-minded black and white approach to life makes me giggle since the troll thinks it's appropriate to imply that I am stupid and simple-minded.

Takes simple-minded to know simple-minded, I guess.

Oh, and by the way, I make my statements based on personal experience. I work with people who are overt racists who use terms like nigger and spic on a regular basis and without any sort of embarrassment. So I don't see anything wrong with my initial statement.

And shall I make the troll a nice peanut butter sandwich from some product from the now defunct and disgraced plant?

Mama Moretti said...

This is the kind of thread you have to guard day and night to keep them away.

Good work, Daisy. And horrific is a good description.

Anonymous said...

daisy,i live here. i've lived all over the u.s. and overseas. i've seen the same ole same ole for too many years.
when the whole story comes out will u write it here for all these folks to see?
did anyone say what mr. blackwell was doing earlier in the evening? did u know the policeman was injured?

every policeman puts his life on the line trying to do his job. most really are there to serve and protect.
i'm white and a woman. if a black policeman stopped me outside walking at 1a.m. and asked for my i.d.,what should i do? should i give it to him? should i start a fight with him. if i decided to assult him should he try to arrest me? what if i didn't want to be arrested? should i be allowed to fight him without him protecting himself. if he pulled his gun and shot me dead who's at fault? should he have to go thu public hanging because i was in the wrong?

please know there's 2 sides to this story and they are both one story. the real,true story!

yes we live in a southern town and there's times i'm ashamed at the way people act. theres bad in both colors..black and white. theres also a whole lot of good in both. i hope both parties recover.

yes,there was a whole lot of police in hartwell last nite. they were there to protect the people. all people! there were all kinds of rumors going around and the police were there to keep everyone safe.
thank you,
an interested party

N said...

Anonymous, with all due respect, if everyone that was ashamed of America just up and left it, it would be one hell of an empty country. Doesn't mean we don't love it; just ashamed that in 2009 there is still racism and hateful Christians in so many places. If you are one of either, this is probably not the right blog for you to follow.

DaisyDeadhead said...

did anyone say what mr. blackwell was doing earlier in the evening?

Of course not, since the full story has not been released. Why hasn't it?

did u know the policeman was injured?

It's right there on my blog. Did u read?

i'm white and a woman. if a black policeman stopped me outside walking at 1a.m. and asked for my i.d.,what should i do? should i give it to him?

And your inane question is related to the reality of brutally attacking someone so viciously that they are BLINDED how?

You understand how violent that had to be, right? Why did the onlooker stay in the car?

Sorry, this story stinks bad. Let's hear the whole truth, step by step. How did this officer end up blinding someone after a routine stop? I am quite ready to listen to the whole truth. But for some reason, someone feels the need to hide it, even from the victim's family. Now, why would that be?

Now that he's blind, he can't identify anyone, can he?

Anonymous said...

Daisy,
I don't know the whole truth either. I'm hopeful it will be fully looked into and the truth will be presented.
It started with 1 city cop and a ride along. Lots of times a person wantting to get into Police work will ask if they can do ride alongs. It goes thu the Chief for the ok. Not just anyone is allowed. Sometimes it's a reporter. They are NOT allowed to get out of the patrol car. NO MATTER WHAT!
Rumor has it that Mr. Blackwell was jumped by some men earlier in the evening. He was looking for a ride. He was in front of a relatives house. The patrolman was on patrol and stopped to ask who he was and what was he doing? He didn't live at the address. He didn't show his I.D.
What happened next is his story and the patrolmans story.
I don't know the patrolman nor Mr. Blackwell.
I don't want any one injured. I wish with all my heart that Mr. Blackwell had not lost his eye. Thats horrible! It does not mean he was beaten and his eye destroyed on purpose.
Rodney King was kicked,beaten and almost killed. I've been following him on TV and he recently told very honestly his part that nite. Thank God he survived,and Thank God their was someone video taping. Rodney is trying to put his life together now. In no way is this the same.

I hope there is a video of what happened between Mr. Blackwell and the patrolman.

Thank you for letting me post my feelings!

An Interested Party!

DaisyDeadhead said...

Anon, I still don't know any more than I did before. You added an interesting prelude, but the rest reads like the official news agencies' versions. I'd like to hear each participant's version, separately. You know, like on LAW AND ORDER?

It's not too much to ask.

Mary Beth said...

Local to area. Hartwell police have been abusive in manner to me. And I'm a white female without a criminal record. Chief Reno refused to take a complaint on an officer from me. The mayor walked away from me as I was talking about this complaint. This cop was free to do this because of the bad attitude of fellow officers, the chief, the mayor Matt Beasley, and the judge that operates out of city hall. I was at the 2-20-09 community meeting. 500 people were there wanting answers. John Barnette, an activist was there promising to find answers. An informal get together is Monday afternoon, 5:30 at city hall. It's behind McDonald's. See you there.

Man with a dream said...

People really shouldn't jump to conclusions so soon. Did no one else read the part of the article that said that the police officer was injured too? Sounds to me like Jimmy got what he deserved in this situation. Everything is not about race.
All the family is wanting at this point is a lawsuit. Everybody is just out to get rich quick.
Lets wait until the GBI comes out with the results of their investigation. In the mean time why don't we stop with the childish "takes one to know one" type of arguments.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Sounds to me like Jimmy got what he deserved in this situation

WHAT?!? Are you insane? What the hell did he even DO WRONG? Just not have an ID on him? And he deserves to lose AN EYE for that?

Get the fuck out of here, go join the Taliban or something, where you obviously belong, where your rules are the law. Your "dream" is a fascist nightmare.

Kateryna said...

Does anyone know if there is any support organization stepping forward to help the victim? The cop is not a victim (Clarifying for your trolls.)

If not, does anyone locally plan to start one? How can those of us who are not local help? Are there any updates on his condition?

DaisyDeadhead said...

Kateryna, see the "Blackwell update" thread. Several local churches are helping! But Blackwell's immediate location (after hospital discharge) has not been disclosed, only that he is "staying with relatives"--which is probably wise.

The Dreamer Again said...

"What the hell did he do?" He gave the cop a concussion. Try reading the Hartwell Sun article. It even says that the officer used the proper levels of engagement.

http://www.thehartwellsun.com/articles/2009/02/18/news/news02.txt

The new article says that he has filed a 16.3 million dollar suit. Sounds a little money hungry to me.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Dreamer, well, there it is then. If it's in the newspaper, I guess it must be true. Case closed. Why even bother to have cops or courts, in that case? We'll just have newspapers then. Right?

Please go away or name yourself. Otherwise, I consider you a troll.

PS: I wrote about the lawsuit in the "Blackwell update" thread.

Anonymous said...

There is a video of the The church meeting about Mr Jimmy Blackwell at www.townhallgazette.com

Anonymous said...

As a resident of Hartwell, and someone who personally knows the higher up officials, I can tell you that the reason the media and advocate groups pulled out of this case was because they all found out this man was a repeat offender with a violent history.

He attacked the police officer, and they've got proof of it. The man was even maced- and he was so drunk, it didn't stop him from attacking the Law Enforcement Officer.

That's all I can say about this at the moment since the preliminary hearing hasn't been heard yet.

I can understand everyone's comments above, since I felt the same way until I heard the entire story from those outside the media.

Anonymous said...

Finally there is a voice of reason from the crowd. It is sad that the few voices of reason (the ones who research before making assumptions) are hardly ever heard above all of the anti-government hype. Thank you anonymous, whoever you are.

DaisyDeadhead said...

He attacked the police officer, and they've got proof of it.

Okay, let's see it. Where has this "proof" been, all this time?

Guess they needed some time to, ummm, "find" it, huh?

We are waiting.

PS: And why is Blackwell still in hiding, if that's the case? (It seems like he is the frightened one, hmm?)

joshua2448 said...

This is the precise reason why these little youg arrogant men do not need to be allowed to become law enforcement officers, they do not have the right tempermant for the trade. The focus of the issue is not what a lot of people are looking it at. It does not matter about Mr. Blackwells record or anything else lets focus on the issue of a police officer going to the extreme and nearly killing a man for a very petty reason. Anybody who has any other issue i have one thing to ask, What if this had been you that was almost beaten to death? I think we should be given more information about Officer Mitchell. I am white and would like to say that I had a run in with the infamous HPD one Friday night a few years back, around the same time of night. They had no business messing with me but they tried to harass me I was verbally combative because I felt they had no reason to bother me and I feel like if I had not had my children with me this could have been me. I hope justice is served and that everyone can get along like we did and that everyone can see this for what it truly is.

Laurenbrooke said...

I WAS NOT AWARE THAT IT WAS A CRIME TO WALK DOWN THE STREET WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION. THERE ARE THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY.YES, MR. BLACKWELL HAD A CRIMINAL RECORD. THE OFFICER DID NOT KNOW THAT AT THE TIME. I LIVE IN HARTWELL AND HAVE BEEN WITNESS TO THE BEHAVIOR OF THE CITY POLICE. IF SOMEONE GETS PULLED OVER FOR SPEEDING, THEY FEEL THE NEED TO CALL THREE OTHER OFFICERS FOR THAT. I HAVE WITNESSED SOME OF THE OFFICERS TAKE A NON-VIOLENT OFFENDER AND TRY TO PROVOKE THEM INTO VIOLENCE.
THE HARTWELL SUN IS FULL OF LIES. A WOMAN WHO WORKED FOR THEM WAS ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING AT WAL-MART SEVERAL YEARS AGO. THE JUDGE WAS JUST AS BAD. HE STATED WHAT SHE DID WAS STUPID BUT SHE HAD NO CRIMINAL INTENT AND FOUND HER NOT GUILTY. I FIND THAT TO BE BULLSHIT. SHE WAS A WHITE FEMALE AND A SUPPOSEDLY OUTSTANDING CITIZEN. WHAT IF IT WAS YOU, YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER WALKING DOWN THE STREET AFTER BEING BRUTALLY ATTACKED OR RAPED. WOULD THE POLICE BEAT THE HELL OUT OF THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE TRAUMATIZED AND COULD NOT PRODUCE IDENTIFICATION OR EVEN SPEAK.
I HAVE A FRIEND WHO WAS HARASSED BY A HARTWELL POLICE OFFICER, A WHITE FEMALE. SHE HAD A WRECK IN HARTWELL. SHE HAD A CUSTOMIZED GUN ON HER LEGALLY. THE OFFICER TRIED TO BUY IT FROM HER. SHE TOLD HIM NO. HE CALLED HER TRASH AND SAID HE NEVER WANTED TO SEE TRASH LIKE HER IN HIS TOWN. HE PULLED HER OVER EVERY TIME SHE CAME TO HARTWELL.
I DO NOT BELIEVE THE POLICE FOR ONE MINUTE. THEIR STORY HAS BEEN CHANGING CONSTANTLY AND MR. BLACKWELL'S HAS REMAINED THE SAME. BY NO MEANS IS HE A PERFECT CITIZEN, BUT THAT DOES NOT WARRANT THEIR BEHAVIOR. I THINK I WILL WALK DOWN THE STREET IN MY PAJAMAS AT MIDNIGHT. I KNOW THEY WILL HARRASS ME, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO.
I AM WHITE AND I AM IN NO WAY RACIST AND I DO NOT RAISE MY CHILDREN TO BE. THE MEDIA AND ALL THIS IGNORANCE IS AN ATTTEMPT TO CAUSE A RACIALLY MOTIVATED WAR IN HARTWELL. IT IS NOT FAIR TO ANYONE WHO IS NOT AN IGNORANT IDIOT. I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY PEOPLE HATE COPS. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US AND THE BAD ONES RUIN IT FOR THEM ALL.

chris said...

I know I'm a little late on this, but I just had to comment. No one said it was a crime to walk down the street with no id. But I do think it's against the law to be drunk in public, hence why the officer asked for ID in the first place. If I read correctly, the officer didn't just start beating him! Blackwell refused to cooperate and fought back with the officer! He had every right to protect himself. He even used pepper spray and that didn't stop Blackwell! If you don't like that fact that the baton was used, then try to get it outlawed so police can't carry it..i'd rather be hit with a baton then a bullet though! Blackwell had previous assault charges so it's not like he is all innocent. And the lawsuit is outrageous! Also, everyone kept saying how no one is talking, well, in an ongoing case your not allowed to talk about it!!! I don't know if there are any updates to this story but I'm going to look for them now. Oh one more thing..how does the family know that there were more officers? Has blackwell said that?

Chris said...

Well, I just read that he had cocaine in his system and an alcohol level of .301!!!

DaisyDeadhead said...

Chris: Also, everyone kept saying how no one is talking, well, in an ongoing case your not allowed to talk about it!!!

Correct, which is why Blackwell and his family have not commented in any substantial way after the filing of their lawsuit, and I haven't reported further.

My initial follow-up was here.

Anonymous said...

....chris said:
Well, I just read that he had cocaine in his system and an alcohol level of .301!!!....

how does this give a police officer the right to beat someone so bad he is blinded??? this seems to be the usual excuse why things are "allowed" to happen around this redneck town.

nz.baby said...

hay,just saw this article on the net!!I stay in..Auckland,NEW ZEALAND!!this is so ugly,so sad too,ITS SICKENING!!a cop blinding a person!!..maybe the cop had his reasons for doing what he did.."BUT"..THATS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS COP to beat up a guy so badly,it causes him to be blind for the rest of his life!!..thats ultra fucked up!!..BEST WISHES MR.BLACKWELL!!...."FUCK THAT COP"

Anonymous said...

As the daughter of the man Jimmy Lee Blackwell murdered in 1981 and the cousin of the man he assaulted at the same time, I find it ridiculous that so many uninformed people rally behind a career criminal and are so quick to judge the people that have sworn their lives to protect us. Why would you rally against police officers and paramedics who are doing what we as a society beg of them? They pledge their lives and safety everyday to make sure we are protected. Instead of marching against them and defending a man who has provoked nothing but violence his entire life, we should rally around these brave men and women. I am sorry Jimmy lee Blackwell and his family have to deal with his loss of sight, but my mother, sister , two brothers and I have had to deal with the fact that our father was murdered for 29 years.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Anonymous: As the daughter of the man Jimmy Lee Blackwell murdered in 1981 and the cousin of the man he assaulted at the same time ...

Anon, sorry hon, but since you haven't left your REAL NAME, I really don't know *who* you are.

If you are indeed who you claim to be, I have no idea why you wouldn't leave your REAL NAME here. (Blackwell's relative who commented in this thread, as you can see, did leave her actual name.)

As it is, color me skeptical.

I've been blogging awhile now, and I know all the tricks...and I notice that your tracking info shows that you are in Florida, not Georgia. Keep in mind, all of your activity is visible to me, including the hour you stalked my blog before leaving your comment... I think you also started reading much earlier--possibly from work? (different ISP)--on another (Florida) computer, since the exit-links are the exactly the same, which is highly suspect.

(Isn't modern technology great?)

Anon: I find it ridiculous that so many uninformed people rally behind a career criminal

I am not "rallying behind a career criminal"--I do not even know Jimmy Lee Blackwell. I DO know that everyone in America is guaranteed rights under the Bill of Rights, even so-called "career criminals"--even Blackwell, even me, even you, even Charles freaking Manson. This is historically what has separated the USA from other countries. When we forget this, as the USA seems to be doing lately? We invite fascism in and become a nazi nation, and I worry that is exactly what is happening. (Of course, I also realize that black people's rights in the south have always been completely conditional.)

Anon: Why would you rally against police officers and paramedics who are doing what we as a society beg of them?

Say what? I didn't beg them to beat some suspect until he was blind. Is this what you believe cops are being paid to do?

God help us.

Anon: They pledge their lives and safety everyday to make sure we are protected.

And you believe that includes beating and blinding suspects, instead of, you know, sticking them in the squad car and then taking them to jail, like they do on TV? Surely, you've seen LAW AND ORDER and shows like that?

THAT is the procedure, not beating the hell out of them before even arresting them, and then not even being able to remember what you were arresting them for.

Anon: Instead of marching against them and defending a man who has provoked nothing but violence his entire life,

You are saying he "provoked" violence on the day he was beaten and blinded? Can you prove this? Because not even the police dept is claiming that.

Anon: we should rally around these brave men and women.

When they are BRAVE and act BRAVELY, I do exactly that. I have given blood on the Law Enforcement Blood Drive days, and alla that good stuff. (Have you?)

Question: What is brave about beating an unarmed suspect until he loses one eye and nearly loses the second?

See, I consider that COWARDLY behavior, nothing BRAVE about it.

Anon: I am sorry Jimmy lee Blackwell and his family have to deal with his loss of sight,

You don't sound at all sorry for the unAmerican, fascist, evil,. violent violation of Blackwell's rights.

In fact, you seem pissed off that anyone would care about that.

but my mother, sister , two brothers and I have had to deal with the fact that our father was murdered for 29 years.

And your name is? Your father's name? And while we are asking questions: When was this trial that convicted Blackwell? Of what exactly? Did he serve his time? Where did he serve it and for how long?

Again, color me skeptical.