Though violent crime is always an illegal act, if we look into the circumstances that led to the violent action, we can often come to a better understanding of why the crime was committed. Violence committed in an attempt to protect someone, for example, is far more understandable than violent crimes committed for personal gain. In some cases, such as self-defense, a jury may even decide that no crime was committed at all; again, it all depends on the circumstances.
This is currently a point of serious concern for one Baltimore father, who says he was trying to protect his daughter during the events that led to the beating death of a 52-year-old man.
According to police reports, on the evening of Sept. 2, a 19-year-old girl saw the 52-year-old victim on the street and shouted that the man had raped her. The girl’s father shouted for the man to stop, but he did not. The father then shouted for help; two 17-year-old boys playing basketball nearby then stopped the man.
When police arrived a short time later, they found that the 52-year-old man had been beaten to death. The father, his 19-year-old daughter and the two 17-year-old boys were all charged with murder; police say a CitiWatch surveillance camera captured video of the four people striking the victim.
An attorney for the father said that his client did “what any father would” in that situation, and further claimed that his actions were not murder. “Let the facts come out,” said the attorney to a member of the press, “Let the truth come out. Let’s wait on all the facts and I think it’ll shed a lot of light on the circumstances.”
No matter what the circumstances surrounding the case, the defendants deserve a fair and balanced trial, as well as the right to appeal in the event of an unfavorable verdict.
The Baltimore Sun, “Man charged in beating death says he was protecting daughter” Justin George, Sep. 23, 2013