A young man was beaten to death by four assailants at a house party in Atlanta Georgia early Sunday morning. The onslaught began when one of the attackers was struck by a female party goer. The man said he would not strike the girl in return but would hit the next male who walked by. Bobby Tillman happened by and was attacked, with at least four men joining in the assault. They proceeded to beat and kick Tillman until he was unconscious.
Bobby Tillman was still breathing when sheriff deputies arrived at the scene but efforts to revive him failed and he died.
Witnesses were taken by bus to the sheriff’s office which provoked a response from the NAACP. A spokesperson for the NAACP queried whether investigators followed proper procedures in questioning the witnesses and whether they were allowed to call their parents.
As tragic as this story is I find the response of the NAACP to the incident to be nearly as upsetting. An 18 year old young man, only 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds, is savagely beaten to death by at least four grown men and the NAACP is concerned about the way the witnesses were questioned.
Douglas county Sheriff Phil Miller said his investigation was hampered by the presence of a local attorney “who came up there and advised witnesses – not suspects, witnesses – not to talk to us.” Says Miller, “I had six people to interview 57 people,” Miller told the AJC on Monday. “I didn’t violate anybody’s rights. We loaded them onto a bus, there was heat on the bus, they were allowed bathroom breaks and we interviewed 57 people between 2:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Our goal was to find out who murdered this young man.” As well it should be.
There is something wrong when an organization that purportedly exists to protect vulnerable members of society seeks to protect society’s predators instead. Is it any wonder commonsense Americans consider the NAACP a joke – and a bad joke at that?