Someone Take The Wheel
7.07.2004
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Mr. Harris,

I've spent too long bouncing around the country from Springfield, MO to my
current home in Indiana, and I haven't had a chance to visit Tulsa in far too
long. I still know a few people in Oklahoma, and a friend and Tulsa native
got me reading about the recent beating death of Tulsa business owner Shawn
Howard
.

Having lost an eight year-old nephew to a violent accident, I know that the
pain of any loss is bad enough for friends and family. Having now read
accounts of the incident from various Tulsa media sources, it seems to me
that the Tulsa County D.A.'s office might be adding insult to that injury.

The exact events leading to Shawn's death are subject to debate of course, but
some of the questions could have been answered by a medical examination of
Shawn's assailant. If Mr. Badgewell had been set upon by brass knuckles, one
would think he would bear some significant marks. Apparently this simple
step wasn't taken (or if it was, no one seemed to think it worth mentioning)
and someone who had just beaten a man to death and left another requiring 20
staples in his head --a "someone" who has a violent history already-- was
released without charges by your office.

While reading the various accounts of this story on different Tulsa media web
sites, I noticed a pattern. KTUL has a poll up about Tulsa bank robberies.
The Tulsa World is running a story about church groups fighting crime. Not
surprisingly after all this, I see that Tulsa is one of the fifteen
communities nationwide targeted by the Justice Department for help in
reducing violent crime. All of this leads me to ask, Mr. Harris, do you do
anything besides get paid to release manslaughter suspects?

I am not from Tulsa County, nor do I live there. However, I hope you will
take my concerns to heart, and allow me to remind you of the words on your
tulsacounty.org website. There it states that your office works "to insure
the legal system effectively protects each citizen from crime and other
threats to public safety." Is releasing a repeat offender that has just
accosted two men with a pipe protecting the citizens? It goes on to claim
you "(combine) aggressive prosecution with prevention and intervention
initiatives." Would the Tulsa police force agree that you "aggressively
prosecuted" Mr. Badgewell before you let him back out on the street?
Lastly, it says that you have "made victims a priority and (are) dedicated to
providing them a strong voice in the justice system."

I ask you, Mr. Harris, what voice does Shawn Howard have?

Regards,
(name)
(city, not in tulsa)

 
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Rip out the table
we need room to move
in a life unstable
you're so easily amused
anywhere you hang
yourself is home
throw in a tape, fix the tone

The windows are dirty let's hope it rains
add another newspaper
something to do with my change
I see we're fighting again
In some fucking land
throw in another tape man

Someone take the wheel
and I don't know where we're going
anybody say what you feel
everybody's sad, but nobody's showing

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