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Crazy People Are Dangerous

Posted on | July 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Crazy People Are Dangerous


John Lee Cowell, 27, is an ex-convict with “two prior felony convictions in Contra Costa County, one for second-degree robbery on Oct. 12, 2016, and one for assault with a deadly weapon on May 25, 2012.” According to his relatives, Cowell has “suffered from mental illness most of his life and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.” Despite this, Cowell was paroled and soon committed a violent atrocity:

An ex-con was charged Wednesday in the brutal murder in Oakland of a black teenage girl, one of three deaths occurring in the last week on Bay Area Rapid Transit, but the only one that has stoked widespread outrage over crime.
That may be because the suspect in 18-year-old Nia Wilson’s brutal murder is white, while the other two men sought in attacks on BART passengers are black.
John Lee Cowell, 27, a white ex-con with a lengthy mental-health history, was charged Wednesday in the murder and premeditated attempted murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilson and her 26-year-old sister Letifah Wilson on the MacArthur station BART platform in Oakland, California.
Nia Wilson’s stabbing death has fueled days of outrage on social media as well as a Monday vigil and protest in Oakland that drew an estimated 1,000 people, backed by groups like the Women’s March, which urged attendees to “show up against white supremacy.”
Meanwhile, Color of Change alleged that Nia Wilson was “killed by a white supremacist emboldened by the racist rhetoric of this administration,” while Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights camp described the suspect as a “white supremacist/terrorist.” . . .
BART police Chief Carlos Rojas said authorities had not connected him to radical or white-supremacist groups.
“We don’t have any information that indicates that, but that’s something that we haven’t taken off the table and we will look into that,” Chief Rojas said at a Monday press conference. “I know there’s been a lot of conversations on social media regarding that, but I don’t have one piece of evidence to suggest this is race-related. But should that be the case we will pursue the appropriate hate crimes.”

There is precisely zero evidence indicating that this deranged criminal was in any way “emboldened” by the Trump administration, but it’s California, the criminal is white and the victims are black, so there is no need for evidence or logic. It may well be, of course, that Cowell is a racist; prisons are breeding grounds for ethnic hostility, with white-supremacist gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood flourishing behind bars. But it is not the Trump administration to blame here. Rather, it is the policy of the Democrat-controlled California state government, which turned a dangerous felon like Cowell loose on the streets.

It is impossible to predict what a mentally ill violent felon will do, when released on parole, and it is also impossible to predict what a mob will do when whipped into a frenzy of identity-politics rage. Bad things tend to happen in both cases, however, and in this case some leftist nitwit spread an Internet rumor that (a) Cowell was a member of Gavin McInnes’s “Proud Boys,” and (b) the Proud Boys were meeting at an Oakland bar. This was not true, but a bunch of Antifa radicals went to the bar and attacked innocent people. Tim Pool reports on the incident:


We’ve gone from “punch a Nazi” to “punch any random guy you think is a Nazi” in the span of about 18 months. Politics is making people crazy and, in case you forgot, Crazy People Are Dangerous.



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