I just saw a deeply disturbing video. A 35 yr old homeless man tried to shoplift a tube of toothpaste from a CVS pharmacy in Chicago. Now, I take a hard line against most stealing. If the guy were trying to steal a cell phone or mp3 player or even some steak and lobster then all bets are off. Because those are luxuries not necessities. When it comes to stealing for profit I wouldn’t even object to corporal punishment. But this man wasn’t stealing for profit. He took some toothpaste so he could brush his teeth. If you ever see someone like that then just pay for it out of your own pocket and give it to them.
But that’s not what the manager does. He and an employee chase him out to an alley and confront him. Then the manager attacks him, throws him to the ground and straddles him. A surveillance camera in the alley records several people holding him down while the manager is on top strangling him. That’s right. He strangles him. You can see the guy’s feet and legs squirming for at least a couple of minutes. And then nothing.
I can see strangling someone in a desperate fight for your life. But not when you’re on top and other people are holding him down. There’s no attempt to save him, either. No one tries to administer CPR or anything. It doesn’t even look like they care. That ain’t right.
This happened in 2010 and there still haven’t been any charges or arrests. It’s been ruled “accidental”. The man was strangled to death by a mob. How in the hell is that accidental?