Officers To Volunteer To Protect Man Who Shot Teen

Discussion in 'In the News' started by jgullock, May 10, 2007.

  1. jgullock

    jgullock Active Member

    This is a follow-up to the story here about the CHL holder defending himself

    Officers To Volunteer To Protect Man Who Shot Teen
    POSTED: 11:07 am EDT May 9, 2007
    UPDATED: 12:45 pm EDT May 9, 2007

    CLEVELAND -- Police officers will volunteer their time to protect a man who shot and killed a 15-year-old who they said was attempting to rob him, the NAACP announced Wednesday.

    Police said Arthur C. Buford and another person tried to rob Damon Wells at his home near East 134th Street and Kinsman Avenue. Wells then used his own gun and fired rounds, killing Buford, police said.

    Since the shooting a few weeks ago, the Wells' home has been vandalized and the family has been staying at undisclosed locations and living in fear, NewsChannel5 reported.

    Repairs are under way to the home.

    "If they can run these people out of their home, they can run you out of your home," said NAACP President George Forbes. "I live in Cleveland. They can run me out of my home. People have a right to be safe and secure in their home."

    Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland police union, added, "We cannot allow these thugs to drive our good people out of the city. We can't do it."

    Officials recently announced that Wells would not face charges in connection with the shooting.

    It's unknown when the protection will begin.

    And this one from Buckeyefirearms:

    Cleveland Mayor: Armed robber is a 'victim'
    Posted on Wednesday, May 02 @ 00:10:00 EDT by cbaus
    By Chad D. Baus

    On March 14, 2007, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced that he was going to spend precious taxpayer money to sue the State of Ohio over its decision to make all gun laws in the state uniform.

    Jackson also informed citizens that he would continue to enforce the local gun control laws - laws which he claimed were necessary to protect the children of his city.

    On April 22 the state witnessed yet another high-profile display of the failure of Cleveland's gun control laws, when teenaged repeat-offender Arthur Buford - one of the 'children' Mayor Jackson claims his gun control laws are protecting - illegally obtained a loaded handgun and tried to rob homeowner and CHL-holder Damon Wells. Wells acted in self-defense, and the teenaged criminal is dead.

    Neighborhood thugs reponded by vandalizing Wells' home and setting up a makeshift shrine for Buford - a "good boy", by their twisted sense of things.

    It took a week for Mayor Jackson to make a public statement about the incident, and it appears he agrees with the vandals who have trashed Damon Wells' home and force him to move. You see, Frank Jackson believes the armed robber is a "victim".
    Jackson's statements provide an incredible opportunity for understanding why violence is out of control in his city.

    From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

    Mayor Frank Jackson said Monday that there are two victims in the recent shooting of a 15-year-old in Cleveland: the teenager, Arthur "Ace Boogie" Buford, and Damon Wells, the man who shot him in self-defense.

    Wells, 25, shot and killed Buford as the teen tried to rob him at gunpoint near Wells' home. Wells, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, was not charged.

    After the shooting, vandals threw rocks through the windows of Wells' home, and he moved out.

    Jackson said that as a lifelong Cleveland resident from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, he has seen teens shot and residents often driven out of their homes. The tragedy with Wells and Buford reflects those that go on in the city every day.

    "I'm not foreign to this," Jackson said. "I know how to deal with it. And I'm dealing with it. Whether I'm dealing with it the way people would like, that's another question."

    Indeed, there should be questions about how he is dealing with things. Frank Jackson's Cleveland is now considered to be one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America. Cleveland’s homicide rate increased after drastic cuts in the police department’s manpower and programs were made.

    Meanwhile, the city's mayor thinks a teenaged repeat-offender is a "victim", and apparently believes paying attorneys to file junk lawsuits defending useless local gun control laws is more important than putting police officers on the street.

    At a press conference, Council President Martin J. Sweeney announced "we have one message to deliver today. This continued youth violence and lawlessness in the city of Cleveland will not be tolerated."

    At least someone is saying it. Mayor Jackson, though invited by Council, did not even bother to attend the press conference. Perhaps he had another meeting with his high-priced lawyers.
  2. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday New Member

    Yep, Cleveland is falling apart. I go to some of the rich suburbs a few times year to visit the inlaws and they are great low crime areas to live in. I worry about my father-in law though as he works in Cleveland at one of the Cleveland Clinic Hospitals (Which are great BTW!)

    The City of Cleveland is another story though. They have cut something like 200 police officers from the force. Not that I put much faith in the police....but I am sure that has helped to contribute to the chaos that has insued. I don't know what city is worse though, Cleveland where they have little police presence, or Atlanta where you may get murdered by the police on a no knock warrant. Cleveland has a long traditon like Atlanta of having idiots for mayor. Heck Dennis Kucinich was Cleveland's mayor a few years back if that tells you anything.

  3. slabertooch

    slabertooch New Member


    Sad that it has to come to that, but maybe the people will realize it's time to take the streets back. I can remember when I lived in New Jersey, we could play baseball in the street with no worries, not so anymore, and it's because the people have allowed it.
  4. jgullock

    jgullock Active Member

    Yes, that little tidbit speaks volumes.
  5. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Romans 10:13

    Truly Unbelievable ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)
  6. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

    Sorta like the old joke, what's the difference between Cleveland and the Titanic?

    The Titanic had a pretty good band...

    What a sad situation and what a total loser of a mayor.