December 17, 2006

I Hope He Got A Decent Tip

TFS Magnum as well as Clayton Cramer covered the story about a month ago. I'm mentioning it now just because I am only now stumbling on to it.

A reporter (& I use the term oh-so-loosely) by the name of Ernie Suggs did a story on a pizza delivery driver who killed a robber. A taste of the direction Mr. Suggs took things:

"Around noon Monday, about 15 teenagers, calling themselves the Young Paper Chasers, stood beneath a tree and tried to wash away what was left of their friend Kenyatta Calhoun."

To point out the contrast I offer you a sentence from the second paragraph in the story:

"...Mahmood, a pizza delivery driver, shot Kenyatta to death during an alleged robbery Sunday night, police say."

Note that Mahmood did not "allegedly" shoot Kenyetta to death while Kenyetta was allegedly robbing Mahmood.

"...what happened Sunday night, according to accounts from the Atlanta Police Department, Mahmood and the youths' friends, was a pizza delivery gone wrong."

That'd be a robbery gone wrong.

The article does go on to give Mahmood's side of what happened but there are some blatantly leading bits & pieces here & there. The tone of the piece was set in the first few paragraphs though & that tone was not one that condoned a man who was defending himself against multiple allegedly armed aggressors.

The good news is that since Mahmood didn't work for Pizza Hut, Papa John's or Domino's then he didn't get fired for defending his own life. I did some quick searching & couldn't find anything else on Mr. Mahmood but presumably he's back to work. & it should be mentioned that he did have a concealed carry permit for those folks who like to keep track of that sort of thing.

But go read TFS Magnum & Clayton Cramer for further commentary on the events.

Posted by Publicola at December 17, 2006 04:59 AM | TrackBack

Dare I say it was a robbery that went wonderfully wrong? After all a robbery is wrong in the first place, so much like a double negative in Algebra, an unfortunate outcome for the robber is a good outcome for the intended victim and society in general. Just saying.

Posted by: Windy Wilson at December 20, 2006 07:46 PM