What happened to Lionel Tate is very simple. This is Florida. He was a child convicted of murder as an adult for childs play. The Florida judicial system is weighted in favor of abusing children and wonders why juvenile justice doesn't work.
Lionel was found to have been a victim of injustice and was released on a court ordered parole. On his return home, the Sheriff's Department Police made clear their unhappiness that a murderer had been released to the community. Lionel gravitated to the kind of people that he had become accustomed to through his adolescence in an adult prison. The police watched him. There were no warnings. His mother wasn't told. The police and parole made no effort at intervention. Instead, they watched and waited. They set-up a sting and they arrested Lionel with a bunch of petty dealers. The Sheriff's Department actually announced through police statements to the press that they had been right about Lionel and that he is where he belongs. Where else but in Florida can children expect to get personal police attention.
That's what happened to Lionel and to almost anyone else who ever got a major crime conviction overturned in Florida. The Boogie Man's gonna get you. The Boogie Man got Lionel.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Posted by sisselnor at 3:53 AM