Posted on | February 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Thugs Kill Thug Pardoned by Obama
One of the “social justice” projects of the Democrat Party is to reduce federal sentences for dope dealers, and President Obama turned loose hundreds of them during his term in office, either through “reform” of sentencing guidelines or by executive orders. As anyone but a fool might have expected, this hasn’t worked out very well:
A man whose drug-related prison sentence was commuted in November by President Barack Obama has been fatally shot at a federal halfway house in Michigan after two men with assault-style rifles sought him out, police said.
Two men wearing masks went into Bannum Place in Saginaw [Jan. 23] with plans to kill 31-year-old Damarlon Thomas, a former Saginaw gang member. Lt. David Kaiser said Thomas was shot several times by one of the men as some of the roughly two dozen people at the home were held at gunpoint. . . .
“This was a very targeted individual, for whatever reason,” said Kaiser. “The people that shot this man knew who they were looking for and wanted him deceased.”
Thomas had been sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2008 on a cocaine charge, but with the commutation the sentence was to expire in March. He was arrested as part of “Operation Sunset,” a federal investigation that effectively dismantled the “Sunny Side Gang” in Saginaw.
Thomas’ commutation, which was among a group of 79 announced Nov. 22, was part of Obama’s second-term effort to try to remedy the consequences of decades of onerous sentencing requirements that Obama said had imprisoned thousands of drug offenders for too long.
How long is “too long” in prison for a cocaine dealer? And to whom were the sentencing requirements “onerous”? Do we want to put drug dealers out of business, or don’t we? If the feds are going to spend time and money on major investigations aimed at eradicating drug gangs, wouldn’t it make sense to keep the gangsters locked up a while after they’re convicted? These are common-sense questions, but common sense has nothing to do with the Democrat Party agenda, which is based on a combination of (a) radical ideology, (b) identity-politics groupthink, and (c) plain old stupidity. Speaking of stupidity:
The man charged with killing an ex-girlfriend and two of her children in a North Side stabbing rampage [in January 2016] likely would have been deep into a 12 1/2-year federal prison sentence if sentencing guidelines for convicted crack dealers had remained unchanged.
Wendell L. Callahan, 35, twice benefited from changes in federal sentencing guidelines, which reduced his sentence by a total of more than four years, from the 150 months he was first given in 2007, to 110 months in 2008 including time served, and 100 months in 2011.
Columbus police charged Callahan on Tuesday with three counts of murder in the deaths of ex-girlfriend Erveena Hammonds, 32, and her daughters, Breya Hammonds, 7, and Anaesia Green, 10.
Police said he went to Hammonds’ apartment in the 900 block of Atlantic Avenue and killed all three people with a knife. He was still in the apartment when Hammonds’ current boyfriend, Curtis C. Miller, arrived unexpectedly, police said.
Miller and Callahan fought, and both were stabbed in the ensuing struggle.
A wounded Callahan ran from the apartment building and was found in the Continent Village Apartments off Busch Boulevard by officers who responded to the 1:19 a.m. call about the stabbings, police said.
Miller, 38, was treated at a local hospital and released. Callahan remained hospitalized on Tuesday night.
His mother told The Dispatch that he was unconscious and hasn’t talked with anyone about what occurred.
“They haven’t heard his side of the story,” said Elaine Beard, 54.
See? This Obama policy, which trimmed five years off Callahan’s sentence, was based on the idea that drug dealers aren’t really bad people. According to Democrats, drug dealers are victims of poverty, racism and social injustice. We can just turn ’em loose on the streets because, hey, what could possibly go wrong? OK, the crack dealer stabs his ex-girlfriend and her two kids to death, but the real cause of their death was — wait for it — poverty, racism and social injustice. Or at least that’s what you’re expected to believe if you’re a Democrat. Crime is never the criminal’s fault, according to Democrats. There’s always some larger problem to blame, and therefore we must address the “root causes” of crime. Three people are dead because of social injustice and Wendell Callahan’s knife, but mainly I think it was the knife. Is it racist to say that?