A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday.
Alton Nolen, 30, remains hospitalized in stable condition after Thursday’s attack at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. He said that Nolen will be charged Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon and that he may also face federal charges.
I have noticed the media and most politicians bending over backwards to not call this terrorism or link it in any way with Middle East violence or radical Islam. And to be fair, it’s not unusual for someone to go crazy and start killing co-workers, family members or random strangers. It happens every day somewhere. What is different to us is the beheading and someone claiming to be a Muslim or who has converted to that religion being the murderer.
Obama has stated we are safe from terrorists. Ft. Hood was workplace violence. What was Boston? We are bombing Iraq & Syria but are not at war? Maybe I just can’t find the right phrase that is politically correct enough to describe these situations? The Oklahoma murderer was trying to convert co-workers to Islam. He is also outspoken about hating white people. But apparently, this wasn’t a terrorist act or a hate crime?
It’s funny/strange remembering around 15 years ago. I had/have friends with badges. Talking with them and feeling their frustration in dealing with abusive spouses (wife beaters). Many, many times they were called and would sometimes haul the man away, just to have the woman recant & refuse to press charges. One thing that encouraged them was terroristic threatening charges. It was a legal tool that allowed them much greater sentencing and easier abilities to pursue charges.
§ 5-13-301. Terroristic threatening. 1975. Amended 1995.
(a) (1) A person commits the offense of terroristic threatening in the first degree if:
(A) With the purpose of terrorizing another person, he threatens to cause death or serious physical injury or substantial property damage to another person; or
(B) With the purpose of terrorizing another person, he threatens to cause physical injury or property damage to a teacher or other school employee acting in the line of duty.
(2) Terroristic threatening in the first degree is a Class D felony.
(b) (1) A person commits the offense of terroristic threatening in the second degree if, with the purpose of terrorizing another person, he threatens to cause physical injury or property damage to another person.
(2) Terroristic threatening in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) (1) (A) A judicial officer, upon pretrial release of the defendant, shall enter a no contact order in writing consistent with Rules 9.3 and 9.4 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure and shall give notice to the defendant of penalties contained in Rule 9.5 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure.
And we all have heard or read about race crimes and seen their prosecution. But it seems all or nearly so were white men who hated blacks. I think racism is wrong. I think hate is wrong. But I think making special crimes out of only certain groups that have been victims is a mistake. If we are all equal before the law, then adding a special rule, “but if you don’t like homosexuals and are charged with battery, it become a hate crime”.
Judge “Did you strike the defendant?”
Cletus ” You damn betcha” “Knocked him clean out with one punch”
Judge ” And do you have a history of gay bashing, jokes and negative posts on facebook?”
Cletus ” Yes I do! Isn’t there a First amendment right to speak my mind?”
Judge ” Cletus, I find you guilty & this is a hate crime with a mandatory five year sentence”.
Cletus ” But he kissed me…right there in front of Cooter & everybody!”
I suppose we will have to wait to see what other charges are filed. Myself, I have low expectations. If he were a white male it would be different. But here in the new America, we don’t want to offend our killers.