The person who shot and killed Bo has not been charged in the case, as he claimed his license to kill under Wisconsin’s ALEC written “Castle Doctrine”. There are so many questions surrounding this case that there needs to be an outcry from the public to see if this was indeed, a justifiable killing.
Washington County D.A. Mark D. Bensen released a report yesterday indicating the shooting occurred at 2 am in the morning and happened when the homeowner thought he heard someone out on their enclosed porch, or three seasons room. The report states there were no lights on and that Bo (an African American) was wearing dark clothing; the shooter claims to have seen something out of the corner of his eye and then saw Morrison.
The homeowner’s account of events state he spoke to Mr. Morrison. Morrison raised his hands and took a step toward the homeowner. Now, read that again, the homeowner spoke to Morrison, Morrison raised his hands, then took a step? So we are to believe the homeowner was able to first remain calm enough to speak to Bo, then be able to see him raise his hands and take a step toward him? I thought it was dark; does he have night vision goggles?
Another interesting and unanswered question is who called the police about the party next door? Was it the shooter? At 2 am in the morning and only firing a single shot, the shooter must have been a sniper at one point in time, to able to fatally shoot another human being in the dark, half asleep.
Even if we accept the account as it is stated in the report, I have to wonder if the homeowner called the police first then went to confront the intruder; also, was there a door between the home and enclosed porch that could have been closed and locked and guarded by the homeowner?
I also question the homeowner who claimed to be concerned about the well-being of his family, leaving them somewhere in the house alone, and then searching for the person breaking into their home? How did he know Bo was alone and no one else was lurking in the dark?
Moreover, how long has the owner owned a gun? I do understand this took place within proximity of his home, but did he recently apply for a conceal carry permit? A lot of people would say this is different than Trayvon Martin’s case, but is it? You have a young African American male, wearing dark clothes being killed by another who went and found Morrison and ended up killing him, then claiming state law as self-defense.
Representative Chris Taylor had this to say today:
“The Right to Kill Bill, AB 69, was one of the most extreme bills in the country and now is the most extreme law in the country besides Florida, where other tragic cases have recently occurred,” stated Rep. Taylor. “Now a young man, like in Florida, has been killed, and a family mourns the loss of a son. What a senseless tragedy.”
“It is heartbreaking that the legislature allowed this reckless law to go forward and now a young man is dead,” concluded Taylor. “This law encourages people to resort to vigilantism and use deadly force instead of calling the police. This is a barbaric law that must be immediately repealed.”
There are other victims’ in this case, Bo’s family, who now have to live without him, just because Wisconsin decided it was okay to kill another, even if there wasn’t a clear and present danger. Someone needs to answer the questions above not only for Bo’s family, but the state of Wisconsin. This sets a very bad precedent. You can read the obituary written by Bo’s mother here.
We will be having a PEACEFUL protest on Sunday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. in West Bend. We will be on the corner of Schmidt and Hwy 33 near the courthouse. We want to spread the word that this Castle Doctrine Law is absurd. We want to spread the word that this man getting away with nothing is not fair. Although it may not do much, our family will continue to fight until we cannot fight anymore. We encourage candles and posters.