Well let's face it, these two guys are fucked.
And with just cause.
One problem that I have with the Ahmaud Arbery murder case is that I can see myself as someone who'd jaunt after a caught-on-camera trespasser. I am "Mr. Security Cam" after all and intercepting creepers and thieves in the act is what I'm all about as a point of -- odd -- fascination. I love when technology makes life tougher for that sort of riff-raff.
But would I be jaunting to confront one? Let alone armed with a gun? Hell no. I'd be going to narrate to a 911 operator, or, to take closer-up phonecam pictures (from the safety of my passing vehicle) for breathless "enhanced distribution" on the NextDoor app.
And, the majority of you would probably feel that I'd be stupid for even doing that.
With their own stupid understanding of an appropriate response to a trespasser, whether one thought to be involved in previous burglaries or not, these guys escalated a situation better left to uniformed responding patrol officers. As it is, even if they don't wind up in prison, and they most probably will, the rest of their lives are fucked.
There is the race question to be sure. And there is definetely a "good ol' boys protecting good ol' boys" thing going on in any event, questions of racism notwithstanding. The police report used every trick of sentence and slant construction to give the highly questionable series of events a period instead of its richly deserved question mark.
But to me, beyond the waxing social issues clearly at hand here, the proper response to spotting things happening on your survelliance systems is what this case really boils down to and is the relatively boring angle that will probably not get the discussion it deserves.
By Dave for Personal Blog.