I’ve injured my back and can’t sit up for more than a couple of minutes at a time. Since typing while prone was not a skill taught out in Mr. Rainwater’s typing portable behind Hyak Junior High, I’m reposting some of my most popular posts. This post originally appeared in April, 2012.
On the night of December 4th, 2010, Sherman Ware, a homeless man, was trying to break up a fight outside the Wet Spot, a bar in Sanford, Florida. Just then, Justin Collison, 21, walked out of the bar, came up behind Ware, and punched him hard in the back of the head. Ware pitched forward, hit his head on a steel light pole, and fell to the ground, apparently unconscious. There Collison hit him again, and apparently called him a “nigger” several times. Collison then walked down the sidewalk, grabbed another man, and attacked him. The police came, but did not arrest, handcuff or even pat down Collison.
Collison had previously been arrested for shooting into a vehicle; the charges were later dropped. Collison is also the son of Sanford Police Lieutenant Chris Collison.
Here is an Orlando Sentinel article on the incident, and here’s a video taken by a bystander (the attack on Ware takes place in the first 10 seconds):
A white man, the son of a local police officer, sucker punched a black man in an unprovoked attack, and was not charged with any crime. It was just one act of violence among many, of course, and although apparently some people were outraged by it, nobody did much of anything about it.
Except George Zimmerman.