We’re guessing this shocking crime that has gripped the nation wasn’t mentioned at the March on Washington today. Perhaps we can eventually get to the national conversation on violent black youths.
The nation’s eyes have turned to Spokane and the two teenagers accused of murdering an 88-year-old World War II veteran.
Police say two 16-year-olds beat Delbert “Shorty” Belton to death Wednesday night after robbing him. One suspect, Demetrius Glenn, turned himself in and was arrested late Thursday night. The other, Kenan D. Adams-Kinard, remained at large Friday night.
“We hope Mr. Kinard or his family will do the right thing and surrender quickly without incident, and we can resolve this and bring closure to the family of the individual who lost his life,” police Chief Frank Straub said.
Both boys have a history of violent crime: Glenn has a conviction of fourth-degree assault, riot and eluding police capture, as well as two pending charges of malicious mischief and driving without a license. On June 26, Adams-Kinard was convicted of third-degree theft and fourth-degree assault.
Security officers with Spokane Public Schools helped identify the suspects. Adams-Kinard was a student at Lewis and Clark High School. Demetrius Glenn went to North Central and Bancroft but dropped out in February.
Both face charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery and will be tried as adults. Glenn is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Good. Maybe they can also be executed. Curiously enough Consoler-in-Chief Barack Obama has yet to make a phone call to the relatives of the murdered World War II vet. Must be golfing.
The beating prompted passionate responses across the country and a maelstrom of media attention from national news organizations. Belton’s name trended nationally on Twitter, and several Facebook pages have launched demanding justice for the dead veteran.
Nationally, broadcast commentators including conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh have touted the story as an example of “black-on-white” violence.
Why is black-on-white in quotes?