Bruce Emery, noted child-killer businessman has been sentenced for the manslaughter of young vandal Pihema Cameron, a child dope-fuelled tagging machine.
How much is the life of a brown kid worth these days? Four years, three months.
The starting point for sentencing was five and a half to six years jail because it was a homicide with the use of a knife, the judge said. But Emery received the benefit of mitigating factors, including his “family standing” in the community.
… So you can see that this post is going to get swear-y, right?
I’m sure we all remember how the string-em-up brigade reacted to this child-killing earlier, yes?
[A] decent hard working citizen is facing a murder charge because of his frustration over this [tagging] issue.
Thanks, Garth McVicar. So, any thoughts now that a thug has been immoderately punished for chasing down and knifing a child?
Trust spokesperson Garth McVicar says the verdict is a shame, because he understands the frustration Emery was going through when he caught the tagger at his house.
He says the trust would have liked to have seen Emery discharged altogether.
Mr McVicar says this would have sent a message that minor crimes like graffitti need to be dealt with seriously.
Okay, it’s capslock time.
BRUCE EMERY KNIFED A 15-YEAR-OLD. BECAUSE OF SOME FUCKING SPRAYPAINT THAT *MIGHT* HAVE GOT ON HIS FUCKING FENCE. A CHILD IS DEAD BECAUSE BRUCE EMERY IS SO FUCKING IRRATIONAL, SO PETTY, SO SELF-CENTREDLY IGNORANT OF BASIC SOCIAL NORMS THAT HE GOT A KNIFE AND CHASED DOWN A CHILD AND KILLED HIM. IT’S NOT understandable frustration, IT’S NOT a sign the cops need to crack down on kids with kooky handwriting that old white guys can’t read vandals, IT’S KILLING A CHILD OVER A COAT OF PAINT.
You’re the spokesman for the fucking Sensible Sentencing Trust. You advocate bringing back the death penalty and instituting three-strikes laws. And YOU are going to fucking ask that A CONVICTED FUCKING CHILD KILLER be discharged because TAGGING IS A BIG FUCKING ISSUE?
WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS FUCKING WRONG WITH YOU?
WHAT FUCKING PLANET ARE YOU FROM?
DO YOU EVEN GET HOW FUCKING HYPOCRITICAL YOU ARE?
I mean, seriously. The SST bitch day and night about rising crime and violence and people feeling unsafe in their own homes. You know what makes ME feel unsafe? Knowing that smug white guys might just get so frustrated about their fence paint that they feel justified KNIFING CHILDREN. And that by a large the media coverage WILL BE ON THEIR SIDE. And that our own bloody law enforcement lobby WON’T SEE A FUCKING PROBLEM WITH THIS.
You don’t build a safe fucking society by locking up everyone whose skin colour or fashion choices you disagree with. You don’t help everyone feel secure by establishing a class of people who get to break out into acts of unprecedented, fatal violence and don’t pay for it the way other people do.
Seriously, Garth, you think the fucking issue in New Zealand is that kids might write on your stonework? I think the fucking issue is that the next time I walk into a boardroom full of guys in suits, I’ll have to watch out for one of them going fucking berko over the typist getting their coffee order wrong. Because apparently that’s an acceptable standard of behaviour – if you’re a guy in a suit.
A lot of the discussion around this has been about racism. One side charges that if Bruce Emery hard darker skin and less money, he would not have got so light a sentence. Others argue that this just isn’t so, go on, prove that his being a white businessman has anything to do with it. Seriously? What about Bailey Kurariki? What about this very similar case, as spotted by No Right Turn?
For fuck’s sake, people, just look at the headlines!
JESUS CHRIST, it’s not rocket science! Not convinced? Let’s go for opening paragraphs:
Two teenage boys could need surgery and a third is nursing serious injuries following a vicious assault in suburban New Plymouth.
A 50-year-old businessman was remanded in custody when he appeared in a south Auckland court today charged with the murder of a teenage boy.
Surely this has nothing to do with our construction of taggers = bad, businessman = good? Nothing to do with assumptions we immediately make about “businessman Defending Home” versus “Maori guy thumping kids”? ARGH, I’M TOO SHORT FOR THIS SHIT.
Ahem. For more on the topic, I recommend: