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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Imagine hearing your daughters scream. You run frantically to the barn and find an acquaintance molesting your daughter. You protect her by repeatedly punching him in the head. After several hits he dies. Was it justified or did you commit murder? In Shiner, Texas, this scenario occurred. The Christian Science Monitor states, “there’s little doubt among residents that a 23-year-old man who reportedly killed a man he found molesting his 5-year-old daughter in a horse barn should be hailed as a hero, not denounced as a criminal. Some legal experts have questioned why the father has not been charged yet,” and continued saying, “vigilante justice, no matter how the circumstances come about, can’t be tolerated in a civil society.”
What is Justifiable Homicide?
Merriam-Webster – a homicide (in self-defense, in preventing a felony involving great bodily harm, or in defense of one’s home or members of one’s family) justified or excused by law for which no criminal punishment is imposed.
A sharp increase in justifiable homicides appears to coincide with the introduction of “Stand Your Ground” laws in 2005. The increase is shown below in an infographic, courtesy of livescience.com. The recent case in Texas is only one of many regarding justifiable homicide and “Stand Your Ground” laws. Take for instance, the case of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. In this case, according to The Washington Post, “Stand Your Ground” laws — are the same kind of legislation that authorities cited for not arresting a neighborhood-watch volunteer after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida in February.”
Both cases are up for debate on whether or not the killings were justified and The Christian Science Monitor says that, “as the Trayvon Martin case has taken twists and turns, it’s become clear to many legal experts that the Stand Your Ground concept has many inherent ambiguities, undermining faith in the justice system in the process.” As for the father in Texas, The Christian Science Monitor on MSNBC quoted James Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project in an interview with Foxnews.com saying, “Assuming it’s true that this guy was molesting the daughter … he would then have the right to defend her and hit him enough to have him stop. But you cannot summarily execute him, even though I can understand the anger he would have.”
He continued saying, “The question is: When does it move beyond self-defense?”Post Views: 327
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The past couple weeks have been pretty crazy. A project that began as a short digital story has come to light through a Kickstarter campaign and those supporting it. The goal of Within the Trenches is to tell the stories of those who answer the call of duty through 9-1-1. The goal also covers public education in order for them to understand what goes on during a call. It will not only shed light on what we do but it will help our calls go a little smoother. As the project continued to grow and more episodes were recorded, I was able to setup some time to speak with the Holland Sentinel and WZZM 13.
When I made contact with Peg McNichol of the Holland Sentinel I had just awaken from a 12 hour shift in dispatch. I was half awake but I didn’t want to miss this opportunity. So I sat up in bed and did my interview. I laughed right before the interview because it definitely wasn’t the way I expected it to go but the whole interview went great! Oh, and if I didn’t mention it already, the interview was over the phone, not in bed. So, a few days later the article hit and that morning I went to the local Family Fare to get a few things for breakfast. Once again I was half awake and as I walked to the closest check-out lane I passed the front desk. I stopped and wondered if the story had been printed that morning. I walked back and there it was. My smile grew and my eyes popped open. I think I squealed like a little girl as I snagged three newspapers. The cashier gave me an odd look and I said, “I’ll take these…I’m on the front page.” The cashier looked at me like I was crazy and then looked down at the newspaper. She gave it a double take and gave me that, “I don’t believe that’s you” look. I laughed, which probably made me look like a creeper, and paid and left.
From there the media spotlight continued and a few days after that, my newly appointed co-host Whitney and I were greeted by Angela Cunningham of WZZM 13. Whitney and I sported our official Within the Trenches t-shirts and although everything went great, I was freaking out! I paced back and forth as I waited for them to get to dispatch and both Whitney and our assistant director kept telling me that everything would be just fine. They were right and you probably can’t tell from the video but I was sweating and nervous. Since then the show has blown up. The media spotlight has been great and it’s only the beginning. Recently I created an event on Facebook for Within the Trenches as an open invitation to all 9-1-1 dispatchers to appear on an episode. We started out with just a few and now we have people from all over the United States and different countries that want to take part in the show. I will provide the link to our fan page, event, and the media coverage. It’s time that the unsung hero’s of emergency services get the spotlight they deserve. Thank you for all you do and I recommend that everyone listen to the show. You will learn a lot and you might even be better prepared if you ever have to call 9-1-1.Post Views: 303
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Welcome to Jabber Log! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ricardo and this is where I blog on everything for everyone. I’m a father, a husband, a brother, and a graphic designer, 9-1-1 operator, a grill master and blogging mofo! Some new things have begun for me and Jabber Log. I have moved from the original host and I am now self-hosting. What does this mean? Well it means that I can do so much more with Jabber Log. On top of that I have started my Masters in New Media Journalism and I am able to use my blog to publish the stories I write for school. I’m very excited to be doing this! So much has happened since I started blogging. I helped promote an up and coming country singer, designed for a local radio dj, was Freshly Pressed and featured on the homepage of WordPress.com, and featured again by GroVia for one of my Diaper Wars segments. Jabber Log is now three days shy of being a year old. I wanted to wait but with the move and all I had to make this announcement early.
So here it is folks, the new Jabber Log! We have a new look, a new home and my ideas are going to flow through the virtual pages of this blog. I plan on trying some podcasts, with guests, video and much more. With all the good stuff happening there had to be some cons to go along with the pros. Since I have moved, my stats have reset. What that means is that I went from having 20,000+ views to 0. Yep…you read that right, I said 0. It also appears that I have lost my subscribers so if you want to keep receiving posts from me please subscribe again. I may have found a work around by redirecting all of my traffic so maybe it won’t be that bad. Instead of going to jabberlog.wordpress.com you can simply type in www.thejabberlog.com. Things are on the up and up with different ways to share each story. For the new people I have added some interesting info below.
- Graphic and Front-End Web Design is my bag
- deadmau5 is what I listen to when I code
- I don’t tolerate scum
- My announcer voice is superb
- I’m AWESOME
What can I expect from Jabber Log?
Everything! It’s my pleasure to share the following:
- Diaper Wars
- martinez design concepts
- The Creative Corner
- Within The Trenches
- Next Gen 9-1-1
- Social Media
I love to write and share stories on various topics. There is never a dull moment on Jabber Log. I also share movie reviews, music reviews, gaming, promotions, giveaways and video. I welcome all feedback whether it’s good or bad. The point of my blog is to share information and generate discussion based on what is posted here. Time to time I will post something that is considered controversial but what’s a blog without a little controversy? I hope to humor you with my posts. A good sense of humor is a terrible thing to waste. It’s up to me to give you something to laugh about, but not all posts are humorous though.
Promoting is another part of Jabber Log. This is located under; “The Creative Corner.” All work is credited so there are no worries in that department. If you created it and it’s featured on Jabber Log, you will be given credit as such. All comments and feedback are welcomed so please do not hesitate to let me have it. I’m all about new ideas, having an open mind, and discussion so comment!
Make sure to subscribe on the main page. Social Media is taken advantage of on Jabber Log so we can be found on the most popular networks. Cheers!Post Views: 395