It’s a painfully obvious fact that people cannot depend on the police to protect them or their loved ones. It has been shown over and over again that the “justice” system is not in the business of meting out justice. Just ask the parents of Aysha Ring.
Any parents, who love their child, will do whatever is necessary to protect her. This is what Lupe Mercado and Barry Gilton did when they dispatched their daughter’s pimp.
SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco couple accused of fatally shooting a Los Angeles-area man who was allegedly pimping their teenage daughter pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges.
Lupe Mercado, 37, and Barry Gilton, 38, have been charged with the murder of Calvin Sneed, 22, of Compton, who was fatally shot shortly after 2 a.m. on June 4.
Mercado and Gilton also denied special allegations that they fired a weapon into an occupied vehicle.
Sneed was shot in the head while he was driving near Meade and Le Conte avenues in San Francisco’s Bayview District. He crashed into a parked car and died at a hospital later that morning.
Prosecutors say the longtime couple, who are not married but have four children, shot Sneed after learning that their 17-year-old daughter had become a sex worker in the Los Angeles area and that Sneed was her pimp…
District Attorney George Gascon told reporters late this morning after court that his office “would not have filed a case based on motive alone” and emphasized that the prosecution has “ample evidence that the parents conspired” to commit murder.
Gascon said that as a parent he sympathizes with Mercado and Gilton’s frustration as parents that their daughter had been victimized, but he said that their tragedy did not make them above the law.
“Vigilante murder is still murder,” he said. “We cannot afford to live in a society where people take the law into their own hands.”
Here is a photo of Sneed:
The prosecutor’s argument can be made in a society where criminals face swift, and harsh, punishment. It does not apply in 21st century America. If, and when, law-enforcement and politicians actually start doing something about the wholesale exploitation of non-black women and girls by black men, then there would be a “law” that people should not “take into their own hands”. But as it stands, the only law is the law of the jungle.
The lack of law and order was the reason Americans resorted to lynching in the days of reconstruction; they knew they could not count on government to provide justice. In the America of today, you can sometimes get justice – if you can afford it. You can count on special interests and political groups to rally to your cause – if you happen to be a of a “protected class”. Otherwise, you and your loved ones are simply not protected. You must provide your own protection for yourself and your family.
Loving parents do whatever they must to protect their children. I hope the charges, in this case, are dropped. The parents are no more guilty than the man who beat his daughter’s molester to death recently.