Rahmir Hopkins was three weeks shy of his 15th birthday when police say he shot Luis A. Perez, 25, in the back as Perez was trying to get up off a sidewalk as two other people were kicking him (click here for the LNP article, “Case of Lancaster boy charged with fatally shooting man in back to stay in adult court”).
LNP didn’t care that Rahmir Hopkins was being charged as an adult. They didn’t follow his case or report that his attorney’s request that his case be moved to juvenile court was denied. They only finally reported on it when another juvenile, Claire Miller, allegedly killed her sister.
Claire Miller, a white, 14-year-old girl attending private and pricey Lancaster Country Day School stabbed her sister to death and they write an editorial stating society needs to “rethink” how juvenile cases are handled (click here).
Stabbing your sister to death in the neck is personal and up-close and is an extremely violent murder. Shooting someone is less personal although just as deadly.
But from the scratches on Claire’s neck, it would appear that her disabled 19-year-old sister, Helen Miller, fought for her life. I’m not at all sure that five years in the juvenile system is adequate treatment for such a horrific murder.
Maybe we should rethink juvenile cases but we need more than five years of supervision and we have to take race out of the equation and do it now!
Did Claire Miller’s 19-year-old, disabled sister fight for her life as she was being stabbed?
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WHITE PRIVILEGE ON DISPLAY
This comment in about ex-officer Christopher Young (click here).