Somehow the post I had thought eaten when my browser went where I hadn’t intended… reappeared after I had rewritten it. I failed to notice, so now there are two versions of basically the same post. The second one is better, and actually complete (and perhaps even worded a tad less harshly), and although one reader took it upon themselves to respond to that one, I’ve closed the mis-posted draft, but left it in place lest anyone thing I’ve gone soft.
The Sarah, the cheeky little name-caller:
According to the articles I linked to and posted segments of, there were weapons in the house, and in fact, in Strickland’s room. The dog was a weapon. The young man was a violent offender. I wasn’t there. You weren’t there. You seem to think you know what happened. I have posted my version of what may have happened.
I acknowledge that the police probably could have handled things differently, and his crimes were not capital crimes. I acknowledge that he left behind people who probably think more of him than I do, and yes, I acknowledge that my opinion is based on his brief, violent criminal career.
I watched and listened as everyone leapt to defend what appeared to me to be a thug, while condemning the police officers before knowing the facts. I offered my opinion on how they could be wrong. I stand by my hypothesis and await the facts like everyone else. That’s why new hypotheses and theories are presented — to be disproved.
As always, I welcome comments, discussion, debate, and opinions… I can even deal with the name calling, but don’t expect me to be civil if you lead off your comment with a derogative.
edit: Just saw this, too… I’m still seeing a thug, despite his ability to convince family and friends otherwise.
The college boys claimed the only rental house on the street, and neighbors didn’t welcome their late-night parties, said Scott Keenan, who lives across Long Leaf Acres Drive.
More than once, Keenan said, he climbed out of bed in the early morning hours to tell the boys to turn down their rap music. Other nights, neighbors called police. “Everybody was sick of that house,” Keenan said. “The cops would come and break up a party, then we’d have to call them right back.”
Neighbors got quite a scare this fall, Keenan said, when Strickland warned them that a fistfight he’d won might provoke vengeance on their house. “He bragged about beating up some kid, then he told me there might be a shootout at the house,” Keenan recalled.
Strickland got into trouble with police in September after a UNCW student complained that Strickland popped his jaw during a fistfight, according to Wilmington Police reports. The victim, Nathan Harrington, 22, of Lee County, said Sunday that Strickland punched him in the face after he asked Strickland, a friend of a friend, to leave his apartment.
Doctors had to wire his mouth shut for six weeks, Harrington said. Strickland was arrested on a charge of assault inflicting serious injury; the case was still pending.