“The truth is black males, especially young ones, have a harder time finding good working situations. We need to find ways to motivate young black males to face the challenges and obstacles in their way. The situation can only get worse if something is not done. Not everybody can be Michael Jordan.”
Jared Adams, the 24-year old arrested after a shooting in Oakland that left a 10-year old boy paralyzed for life — from an essay in his court file.
What a crock of bullshit.
A few days back I blogged a post about a 10-year old child who had been shot at an Oakland music studio while taking piano lessons less than a mile from my house.
The good news is that the boy, Christopher Rodriguez, a fifth-grader, is going to live. The bad news is that that bullet that ripped through his abdomen has left him paralyzed from the waist down and he will probably be paralyzed for the rest of his life, according to Dr. James Bett, chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital.
Imagine that. One day you are a 10-year old boy living your life, running around, riding your bike, doing all the things that 10-year olds do, and the next day you are paralyzed.
They caught the guy that they think fired the shot that paralyzed this boy. His name is Jared Adams, he’s a 24-year old felon with a history of fleeing from the police. They arrested him and his 19 year old girlfriend Maeve Clifford when they crashed their car into a check cashing store in Oakland after the robbery. They found a hand gun and a ski mask in his crashed car.
Here’s what I want to know. Why was Jared Adams allowed to live outside of prison? Part of the problem, in my opinion, is that too many criminals in Oakland and other areas are given slaps on the wrists for their crimes and released from jail. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Adams was “no stranger to the criminal justice system.” The Chronicle cites prior convictions for gun possession and for driving under the influence. Apparently it was Superior Court Judge Leo Dorado who sentenced Adams last for, get this, SIX MONTHS when he last ran from an Emeryville police officer after already having resisted arrest previously from a Highway Patrol officer in San Leandro and police in Albany and Berkeley.
How does it feel Judge Dorado? How does it feel to see this 10-year old boy paralyzed? I think Judge Leo Dorado should share in the shame of this boys plight. It was Judge Leo Dorado who let this animal out of jail after SIX MONTHS! This animal with previous gun possession charges is out of jail after SIX MONTHS.
And what about the parole board that let Adams out? Who are these people? What are their names? Who are the people that bought off on his bullshit essay above about the plight of the young black male (the quote above is from his court file reportedly)? Shouldn’t they share in some of the responsibility of this too? Why do they get to hide in anonymity after they let an animal like Adams back out on the street? Where is their accountability? I hope that they have a hard time sleeping at night after this. I hope that they know that they are partially responsible for young Christopher never being able to walk again. Why couldn’t they have just left this animal in jail instead of releasing him after his bogus cop out essay on how hard life is for young black males? I don’t care how hard life is. You still don’t shoot a kid.
You know what I think? I think that if you are caught illegally possessing a gun that you ought to get life in prison. Why not? Why not send a stronger message to criminals and gangsters who think it’s cool to pack a piece. If they are legally entitled to buy a gun, let them do it legally. But if you get caught with a gun illegally, not just using it, but caught with it, I think that’s it for you. No more chances. I’d rather have some asshole like Jared Adams spend the rest of his life in jail for his previous gun conviction than to have young 10-year old Christopher Rodriguez paralyzed for the rest of his life. I’ll take that trade any day.
If Oakland can’t solve the crime problems of Oakland with better social programs, then they need to hire more police and arrest more of these criminals and put them in jail for longer and longer periods of time. I simply don’t know a better answer for getting these animals off of the streets.
And Judges like Leo Dorado, who give these criminals slaps on the wrists, shame on you. I hope your name is as associated with this recent travesty as much as Jared Adams is for a long, long time to come. You are probably more a part of the problem for crime in Oakland than even Jared Adams himself.
A trust fund has been established for 10-year old Christopher. Donations for the boy’s care can be made to any Wells Fargo bank, account number 7013202606.