Is he right, though?
Judge Tells Man He Needed To Be Beaten Growing Up
We’re so used to seeing judges and attorneys label young Black men as monsters for making mistakes any wayward kid of any race could make. However, one Detroit judge recently provided relatively light sentencing and basically blamed the prosecuted boy’s ain’t isht daddy for not being around to give him guidance. Does he have a point?
DETROIT (AP) – A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to “beat the hell” out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday.
The stunning remarks by Wayne County Judge James Callahan came as he sentenced Latrez Cummings to six months in jail.
In response to the judge’s question, Cummings, 19, said his father wasn’t around when he was growing up.
Callahan said Cummings needed a dad, “someone to discipline you. Someone to beat the hell out of you when you made a mistake, as opposed to allowing you or encouraging you to do it to somebody else.”
Cummings and four others have pleaded guilty to assaulting Steve Utash, who was in a coma for days after the April attack. The mob pounced on him in Detroit when he got out of his pickup truck to help a 10-year-old boy who had stepped in front of his vehicle.
The judge’s remarks preceded a loud, spirited exchange with assistant prosecutor Lisa Lindsay, who said the six-month sentence was too light. She said there are many young black men who were raised without a father but haven’t committed crimes. Cummings is black.
“Did I ever use the term ‘black’?” replied Callahan, who is white. “It doesn’t matter if a person is black, white, yellow or red.”
Despite the harsh tone, the judge said Cummings’ age and childhood were mitigating factors in the light sentence.
“We’ve all been 19 years of age,” Callahan said.
Sounds like the judge was providing some much-needed tough love to us! And good for him giving this young brother another chance after making a stupid mistake. Hopefully he’ll take that six months behind bard to really think about where his life is going and turn some things around…
Robert Allen via Twitter – @rallenMI