Last April, 16-year-old Flair Griggs shot and killed 17-year-old Joseph Gomez in a McDonald’s parking lot in York, Pennsylvania. According to the prosecuting attorney, David Maisch, video evidence and eyewitness statements made Griggs’s actions “as perfect a self-defense case as you can get.”
Nevertheless, the prosecutors still charged Griggs as an adult for murder. Griggs faced the murder charge for nearly one year until just two weeks ago when he agreed to plead guilty to the lesser and legitimate charge of possession of a firearm without a license.
While exposing the obvious fact that the government could not protect Griggs from Gomez the day of the shooting, the teenager resorted to saving his own life with an illegally carried .25 caliber handgun. Consequently, the government will now imprison Griggs for three to seven years for having the gun that kept him alive after his effort to escape Gomez failed -- and at which point, he had no other option but to die.
Apparently, Griggs lived a chaotic life even before the shooting. His defense attorney, Bill Graff, stated Griggs is eligible for anti-gang and anti-drug programs for juveniles while in prison. It was also reported that Griggs and Gomez had a history of “bad blood.” All of these details should raise questions about the culpability of both boys parents, but why digress?
This case is another national disgrace -- reeking of government corruption and injustice once again. How is the government allowed to charge anyone for murder when the prosecution concedes that the person’s claim to self-defense is “basically...perfect”? No reasonable person could believe it took prosecutors a year to draw that conclusion.
Of course, since this case involves only two bonafide juvenile delinquents with guns, the liberal media and pseudo civil rights leaders have nothing to gain by demanding justice for a black teenager sentenced to three to seven years in prison, but who would be dead had he depended on the government to save him.
Furthermore, demanding justice for Griggs might risk highlighting negative racial stereotypes that Griggs perpetuates and that the left prefers to cover up and expects everyone else to ignore. To the left, kids like Griggs are expendable when they are the victims of incidents like this. Griggs does not gin up the right kind of controversy or animosity, so don’t expect “Justice for Flair” to become a slogan for liberals.
A former Marine Corps officer and a recovering high school English teacher, Lee Culpepper is a Christian, husband, writer, and mentor. Read and share other articles by Lee Culpepper at TheBlaze and BearingArms. Email Lee your feedback or inquiries here or contact Lee on Twitter @drcoolpepper.