Mob Brutality

This is just horrifying. A violent, deranged mob has beaten a man to death in cold blood in Austin, Texas.

David Rivas Morales was a passenger in a car whose driver accidentally hit a young girl-- about 3 or 4 years old. When the driver got out to check on the kid, a group of men (perhaps as many as 20) advanced on him. Morales got out to assist his companion, and was rewarded for his efforts with a beating so severe it killed him.

The little girl was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatending injuries. The driver is cooperating with the authorities. If there's any justice in this world, Texas will fry these 20 men like they were mentally retarded.

Okay. Obviously, I'm not really wishing for that. I'm against the death penalty, but cases like this really push it for me. A mob, high on its own self-righteousness, has beaten a man to death for being a passenger in a car that accidentally hit a kid. Was the driver at fault? Who knows? But there's never an excuse for mob violence-- although I'm sure that these people will sleep soundly tonight wrapped up in the rationalization that they did what they had to do "To Protect the Children," which for some people excuses anything.

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