Now, someone might conclude that a small-time career criminal, who kept rolling the dice when he was well and truly caught, is not someone that will be missed by much of anybody. Does anyone ever look off into the horizon with a deep chest sigh, and wistfully express an aching longing for more thieves? Not that we ever noticed.
But someone will always give a career criminal professional courtesy — the same cops and prosecutors and judges that never managed to transmit the biblical message, Thou Shalt Not Steal, through the thick (and now ambient temperature) skull of Ken Wisham. The same cops and prosecutors and judges that encourage these worthless thieves by pursuing ultra-lenient treatment of them, are throwing the books at three ordinary workers who stopped a thief.
Just because the total waste of skin up and vapor-locked on ’em.
Professional courtesy in the legal system strikes again, and who’s a more quintessential or necessary criminal-justice professional than the criminal?
Three Wal-Mart employees involved in the apprehension of a suspected shoplifter earlier this year have been charged with contributing to the man’s death while in their custody.
All three have been charged with manslaughter in the death of Kenneth E. Wisham, 64, of Lakeland. The charge is a second-degree felony.
The charges stem from an autopsy showing Wisham died of mechanical asphyxiation while being restrained, police said. The autopsy also revealed Wisham sustained 15 broken ribs during the altercation Feb. 7 outside of a Lakeland Wal-Mart on U.S. 98 North.
The suspects in the case are Lakeland residents Nathan Allen Higgins, 35, a support manager; and Crucelis Nunez, 23, a customer service manager. Also charged is Randall Eugene Tomko, 58, of Winter Haven, a loss prevention worker.
Frankly, a return to civilized norms demands more dead thieves, not fewer. These three should be awarded Wisham’s ears and eyeteeth, and given the Key to the City to a chorus of mighty “Waidmannsheil!”s.
Yeah, it’s not going to happen. That’s why they call it a dream, eh?