Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Beware of defending yourself in Argyle, Texas

Now, I'm certain this is an unfair statement to make overall - for the situation at hand and the facts that I've seen, this is true.

The story - so far - indicates that Argyle Police along with the assistance of the Texas Rangers (ok, not the Loserville baseball team, but an equally comedic law enforcement agency) don't care about a person's right to defend himself. I keep wondering when all the evidence is going to come out.

Let's examine what has happened to Charles Oxner (these links may require a free registration, sorry). This guy turned in a co-worker for drinking on the job. Apparently the co-worker, his brother and a buddy didn't like the fact that Oxner reported him for being unsafe. The three guys came to Oxner's home. Force their way in and started beating the shit out of him. At one point his assailants kicked him in the head. He manages to get to his gun, shoots once and misses (apparently the beating continued) so he shot again hitting his mark and killing the assailant.

So, what do the Keystone Cops, er, Argyle Police and Texas Rangers do? They arrest the two surviving assailants on charges of burglary with the intent of assault. Hmmm, that would indicate to me that they knew these three had ill intent when they went to Oxner's home. But, it gets really good here. Despite visible evidence of the assault on Oxner - a black eye, knots and bumps on his head and bruises on his body- Argyle Police arrested Oxner, too, on charges of murder.

Huh? Did I miss something? Bad guys break in. Bad guys beat snot out of resident. Resident defends self with deadly force against three assailants. How do we figure murder into this?

Seems the prosecutors have two licks of sense and have lowered Oxner's bail, but they still haven't gotten all the information from Argyle Police regarding the case, so they can decide whether to present the evidence to the grand jury or decline to prosecute. Apparently, the Keystone Cops are waiting for the medical examiner's report to know the trajectory of the shots among other info. Where is the CSI or Law & Order MEs when you need them? I'm sure Oxner would like to have that info soon, so he can get back on with his life.

From everything I have seen, this seems like justified self-defense. Score one for the good guys. I just wonder what would happen if three bad guys came at an Argyle cop while he was minding his own business and started beating him? Hmm. *scratching my chin* I wonder if he used deadly force if he would be tossed in the pokey till all the facts were crystal clear? Hmm. What do you think? For some reason, I doubt that one of Argyle's finest *hem, hem* would get this treatment.


  • At 9:30 AM, July 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Come to Missouri. Our Governor just signed into law a bill that allows you to shoot an intruder and not face prosecution.

  • At 9:50 AM, July 18, 2007, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Having had some dealings with the "cops" (and I use the term loosely) in Argyle, Texas -- I think they must purposely seek out double-digit IQs. The chances of not finding a single one of them to be a sentient human being ... well it defies the odds.

  • At 10:28 AM, July 18, 2007, Blogger Unknown said…

    The cops in my town tend to shoot first, then get cleared by a review board later.

  • At 11:55 AM, July 18, 2007, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Oh yeah, Gadfly, I remember that now. You had a horror story on your blog about that. And, Cathy, yeah, that is the way the cops here would be, too. Us normal every day folks aren't allowed the same privilege. I hate the double standards that people allow for cops like they're some sort of privileged class. The ones I know ... don't deserve that.

  • At 3:08 PM, July 18, 2007, Blogger lemming said…

    Three Bed Two Bath quit blogging, deleted what he'd written and soon after the site address was taken over by a series of other Internet pirates. (I had the same reaction you did!)No idea what happened to him.

  • At 9:55 PM, July 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Walker must be rolling over in his grave. Assuming he was dead, of course.

    O, and Manual Trackback™.


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