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Protesters jumping over investigators in boy's tragic drowning

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The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has every right to demonstrate again in the death of an 8-year-old Hephzibah boy.

We hope they demonstrate a little common sense first.

The organization Thursday rallied with the boy’s mother outside the courthouse in Augusta to find “answers” and “justice” in the “murder” of young Jon Stevens, who was found in a neighbor’s pool April 13.

There are a few problems in those assertions.

First and foremost, there’s not a scintilla of evidence the boy met with any manner of foul play. Full autopsy results await, but a preliminary conclusion was that he simply drowned – in a pool that he had swum in before. Reports indicate the boy had been with several older youths who were clearing the pool of debris prior to his death.

The evidence can change as the investigation continues. But again, at this point there’s nothing that points to foul play. So asserting that he was “murdered” is at the very least premature, and quite possibly completely wrong.

We give the grieving mother a pass on that count. We can’t imagine the depth of her sorrow, and our hearts go out to her.

But for any others, such as the SCLC, to jump ahead of the coroner and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department and say definitively that we’ve got a murder on our hands is completely reckless.

Especially considering that the organization hadn’t been briefed on the investigation before its rally. That briefing is expected Tuesday.

The organization also is fanning the flames of paranoia and distrust, carrying on as if there’s been a civil rights violation or a sinister crime and cover-up before there’s even any evidence a crime was committed.

“We are not going to let a city like this sit idly by and not find out who murdered this young man,” said president emeritus and CEO of the SCLC the Rev. Charles Steele Jr. “We are getting ready to march. We are getting ready to demonstrate. We are getting ready to raise hell and go to jail.”

Absolutely! Just maybe get the facts first.

It might also interest those on the national stage to know that our sheriff is black. So with its civil rights protest approach, the implication of the SCLC is that a black sheriff is throwing a black boy under the bus. And that white employees of the sheriff’s department are just racist enough to do so too.

That’s selling the sheriff and his department a little short, wouldn’t you say?

“Anytime there’s a kid, we pull out all the stops,” one officer told us. “Most of us are parents.”

The further insinuation that Augusta has to be publicly shamed in order to obtain justice – with a “national movement” coming here – is also an incredible insult. We reject such a characterization of our sheriff, his department and our community.

If the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s public statements about this case turn out to be unfounded, as the evidence now suggests, the organization will owe the city an apology.

We can pretty much guarantee it would be accepted. Contrary to the picture painted on Thursday, that’s the kind of community this is.

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deestafford
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deestafford 05/19/13 - 11:21 pm
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Now why in the world would one expect

a bunch of race-baiting pimps wait until facts are in before they start their "We are getting ready to march. We are getting ready to demonstrate. We are getting ready to raise hell and to go to jail." attention getting mantra? I think there is something called justifying one's existence and I'm sure Sheriff Roundtree will be happy to show them the inside of his new jail. Are these not what "community organizers" look and act like?

faithson
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faithson 05/20/13 - 12:06 am
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is this the same editorial board or did they just step in it

But for any others, such as the 'republican zealots', to jump ahead of the 'commision's report' and the 'inspector general' and say definitively that we’ve got a 'collusion to subvert the people' on our hands is completely reckless.
Yea, i'd say they stepped into it this time....

faithson
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faithson 05/20/13 - 12:26 am
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a bunch of race-baiting pimps

Houston, we have a problem..... and Mike, your ethical/moral duty to this community and your church is to address IT ! bein' an ole Irishman, I'm callin' you out on this one. deleting the comment is NOT what I am talking about. Sean, appreciate you, but this is on Mike.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/20/13 - 12:42 am
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I sincerely hope everything

I sincerely hope everything works out ok

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carcraft 05/20/13 - 07:39 am
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WOW faithson, a lot of

WOW faithson, a lot of differance between the two situations. One there are facts that are available to the public in the investigations of the President. Three government agencies that did twelve rewrites of the memo and the first memo from the CIA didn't mention a demonstration. The second fact is that there was no demonstration. Nobody on the ground reported one, the person running Libya didn't report one, reporters who talked to people who lived in the area didn't report a demonstration. Please explain to me why a demonstration was mentioned and where the idea there was a demonstration came from? We know it was added to the CIA's memos but not by the CIA . THis makes Obama less than truthful! NOw what is the evidence the boy was murdered ..I am not saying evidence will not turn up, there just isn't any at this point!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 05/20/13 - 06:13 am
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Jail Cell

It appears to me that the "Reverend Steele"?? needs to spend some time in a jail cell for terroristic threats or attempting to incite a riot. Now, before you call me out on that you may want to become familiar with Ga. Law!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/20/13 - 08:00 am
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Find me a rally why doncha

Well now...some wanta fuss--fume--& whatever...let the BLACK SHERIFF do his job....but if you still want to fuss....go to Monroe Ga on Thursday....Brooks will be there with his words of wisdom(heh) something about a 1946 happening....yes in 1946...tv time.

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rmwhitley 05/20/13 - 08:16 am
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If the
Unpublished

name starts with or consists of initials, you might want to know that they may be organizations out to do harm to caucasians. naacp, sclc, irs, dnc, splc, cbc, doj, aclu, bho et al.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/20/13 - 08:33 am
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CBBP

Come on man, the right reverend and president emeritus and CEO of the SCLC is just trying to make a living.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/20/13 - 08:39 am
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This is pure racism. An

This is pure racism. An African-American civil rights group is protesting and raising "non-existent" issues before the autopsy or investigation are complete. Technically could they be charged with obstruction of justice-oh the irony if it hinders this investigation. The police will "have to" investigate the parents and I doubt the SCLC will allow that to happen=obstruction of justice. I am sure the parents are innocent and my heart goes out to them but they always investigate the parents first.

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RMSHEFF 05/20/13 - 09:40 am
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Not community organizer but

Not community organizer but community agitators. Their only purpose in life is to keep racial tensions alive.....fan the flames. Just wait until Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman case ends with a not guilty verdict. I have been hearing this case has fallen apart and Zimmerman will not be convicted on any charges. All the evidence supports his version of the facts.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/20/13 - 10:57 am
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The SCLC is a race baiting

The SCLC is a race baiting organization the needs publicity to keep it in business. If there isn't one the must create one. There are always questions when it involves the unexplained death of a child but it's not quite time yet for the slash and burn techniques of the self-serving SCLC.

And faithson......"such as the 'republican zealots', to jump ahead of the 'commision's report"

Big difference. There is quite a bit of evidence and more to come. The Republicans have "some" reason....the SCLC has "NO" reason.

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KSL 05/20/13 - 03:44 pm
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dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/20/13 - 04:36 pm
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"... (If) this case turn(s) out to be unfounded

...the organization will owe the city an apology."

Which will come... about the second Tuesday of the week these "reverends" get an actual job.

faithson
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faithson 05/20/13 - 05:03 pm
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car

I know, i was just tryin' to make a point with that comment... whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

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