Washington, DC: Gay Basher Sentenced For Pushing Victim Onto Active Train Tracks

  • metta

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    Jul 21, 2015 3:36 PM GMT
    Gay Basher Sentenced For Pushing Victim Onto Active Train Tracks


    "A one-year jail sentence was handed down to the 20-year-old Washington, D.C. man who pushed another man onto the Navy Yard Metro station tracks because he “looked gay.”

    Raheem S. Sills pled guilty on May 11 to a charge of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the affidavit, a group of males, including Sills, approached the victim on the platform of the Navy Yard Metro station about 10:50 p.m. on March 10. Sills allegedly slapped the victim on the back of the head, took his cell phone, and stole about $80 in cash just before shoving the victim onto the tracks."


    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/ericrosswood/gay_basher_sentenced_to_one_year_for_pushing_victim_onto_active_train_tracks
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    Jul 21, 2015 4:19 PM GMT
    metta8 saidGay Basher Sentenced For Pushing Victim Onto Active Train Tracks


    "A one-year jail sentence was handed down to the 20-year-old Washington, D.C. man who pushed another man onto the Navy Yard Metro station tracks because he “looked gay.”

    Raheem S. Sills pled guilty on May 11 to a charge of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the affidavit, a group of males, including Sills, approached the victim on the platform of the Navy Yard Metro station about 10:50 p.m. on March 10. Sills allegedly slapped the victim on the back of the head, took his cell phone, and stole about $80 in cash just before shoving the victim onto the tracks."


    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/ericrosswood/gay_basher_sentenced_to_one_year_for_pushing_victim_onto_active_train_tracks


    The theft of a cell phone, cash, and assault should have alone gotten him at least a year or more. Additionally pushing the victim onto the tracks, with gay hate crime intent, should have earned him even more. We aren't going to be safer from homophobes until punishments come more into line with what other similar crimes merit.
  • raider3

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    Jul 21, 2015 4:57 PM GMT
    Definitely deserved more punishment.
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    Jul 21, 2015 6:03 PM GMT
    raider3 saidDefinitely deserved more punishment.

    With parole for good behavior (if he can manage it), he'll be out in 6-9 months.
  • Svnw688

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    Jul 21, 2015 7:34 PM GMT
    Should be behind bars at least two years, probation for four. He should have received a harsher sentence.
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    Jul 21, 2015 8:11 PM GMT
    ^+1! Value of items taken had to have put him in the grand theft column, and if train tracks aren't dangerous - electric third rail, anyone? - I don't know what is.
  • FRE0

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    Jul 21, 2015 9:49 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    metta8 saidGay Basher Sentenced For Pushing Victim Onto Active Train Tracks


    "A one-year jail sentence was handed down to the 20-year-old Washington, D.C. man who pushed another man onto the Navy Yard Metro station tracks because he “looked gay.”

    Raheem S. Sills pled guilty on May 11 to a charge of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the affidavit, a group of males, including Sills, approached the victim on the platform of the Navy Yard Metro station about 10:50 p.m. on March 10. Sills allegedly slapped the victim on the back of the head, took his cell phone, and stole about $80 in cash just before shoving the victim onto the tracks."


    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/ericrosswood/gay_basher_sentenced_to_one_year_for_pushing_victim_onto_active_train_tracks


    The theft of a cell phone, cash, and assault should have alone gotten him at least a year or more. Additionally pushing the victim onto the tracks, with gay hate crime intent, should have earned him even more. We aren't going to be safer from homophobes until punishments come more into line with what other similar crimes merit.


    Perhaps he should have been tried for attempted murder.
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    Jul 21, 2015 10:04 PM GMT
    Well...he obviously fantasized about prison butt sex, so now he'll get it. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 22, 2015 3:08 AM GMT
    In my opinion the sentence was sufficient. The prosecutor only asked for 2 months longer than what was given. I'm satisfied that the judge and prosecutor, having access to all the relevant info, came up with what they felt was an appropriate sentence. The kid was young, dumb and allegedly had some mental problems. There was no indication he had a prior history.

    My sense is that Americans in general are too keen on long prison sentences. I think everyone would be better off if a bit more effort was put into "fixing" folks that first run afoul of the law than by just throwing them away in the prison system.

    PS. I have previously written in RJ about my experience being assaulted on a subway in Toronto. I can well understand everyone's initial anger at the crime but by the same token it's given me a perspective that most people might not have.
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    Jul 22, 2015 3:50 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidIn my opinion the sentence was sufficient. The prosecutor only asked for 2 months longer than what was given. I'm satisfied that the judge and prosecutor, having access to all the relevant info, came up with what they felt was an appropriate sentence. The kid was young, dumb and allegedly had some mental problems. There was no indication he had a prior history.

    My sense is that Americans in general are too keen on long prison sentences. I think everyone would be better off if a bit more effort was put into "fixing" folks that first run afoul of the law than by just throwing them away in the prison system.

    PS. I have previously written in RJ about my experience being assaulted on a subway in Toronto. I can well understand everyone's initial anger at the crime but by the same token it's given me a perspective that most people might not have.


    yes.
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    Jul 22, 2015 3:59 AM GMT
    YVRguy said
    PS. I have previously written in RJ about my experience being assaulted on a subway in Toronto. I can well understand everyone's initial anger at the crime but by the same token it's given me a perspective that most people might not have.


    Sorry to hear about your assault on the TTC.
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    Jul 22, 2015 4:58 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidIn my opinion the sentence was sufficient. The prosecutor only asked for 2 months longer than what was given. I'm satisfied that the judge and prosecutor, having access to all the relevant info, came up with what they felt was an appropriate sentence. The kid was young, dumb and allegedly had some mental problems. There was no indication he had a prior history.

    My sense is that Americans in general are too keen on long prison sentences. I think everyone would be better off if a bit more effort was put into "fixing" folks that first run afoul of the law than by just throwing them away in the prison system.

    PS. I have previously written in RJ about my experience being assaulted on a subway in Toronto. I can well understand everyone's initial anger at the crime but by the same token it's given me a perspective that most people might not have.


    This American isn't keen on long prison sentences. This thug assaulted and battered an innocent man, robbed him, and then tried to kill him by shoving him onto an active rail line. This menace didn't just run afoul of the law. You say that like he was caught shoplifting or jaywalking! Someone should shove him into an oncoming train and do the rest of us a favor because I bet you he will go on to kill some innocent person sooner or later. He won't be missed.
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    Jul 22, 2015 5:57 AM GMT
    Skip jail and go straight to extra-judicial execution, eh? icon_biggrin.gif

    Pushing someone in front of the train is definitely shocking but why, one wonders, was the guy not charged with attempted murder? Obviously the prosecutor and cops were of the opinion that that wasn't warranted. I'm not a lawyer but it sounds more like Reckless Endangerment than attempted murder to me (assuming the train wasn't bearing down on the victim). It was late at night and I'm guessing that wasn't the case.
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    Jul 22, 2015 9:57 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidPS. I have previously written in RJ about my experience being assaulted on a subway in Toronto. I can well understand everyone's initial anger at the crime but by the same token it's given me a perspective that most people might not have.
    damn, if I had seen someone assaulted on the TTC for being gay I'd fucking intervene and fuck that homophobe up. I assaulted an American tourist for calling me homo once.
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    Jul 22, 2015 5:08 PM GMT
    I fought back after being sucker punched but the cops told me it was a pretty foolish thing to do. The guy was impaired and they said I was lucky he didn't have a knife. The thing could have easily escalated into a much more serious thing.
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    Jul 23, 2015 10:21 PM GMT
    YVRguy saidSkip jail and go straight to extra-judicial execution, eh? icon_biggrin.gif

    Pushing someone in front of the train is definitely shocking but why, one wonders, was the guy not charged with attempted murder? Obviously the prosecutor and cops were of the opinion that that wasn't warranted. I'm not a lawyer but it sounds more like Reckless Endangerment than attempted murder to me (assuming the train wasn't bearing down on the victim). It was late at night and I'm guessing that wasn't the case.

    The crime was attempted murder, under any interpretation of american law, and he should have been charged with attempted murder. That he wasn't is a product of the namby-pamby easy treatment of criminals in Washington D.C. courts. The city that re-elected a convicted drug dealer as mayor after he got released from prison. (The prosecution may also have worried that the overly lenient juries in D.C. might refuse to convict on attempted murder. Too me, that is childishly stupid. If there were attempted murder, they should have tried it as attempted murder, and taken a chance that a jury would refuse to convict. It's too bad the crime did not happen in Virginia (two miles away) where they give much harsher treatment to violent criminals.
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    Jul 23, 2015 10:31 PM GMT
    This thug tried to murder someone. In a rational legal system, attempted murder should be punished the same as murder - the only difference is that luck intervened and prevented a killing from being successful. And attempted murder should get the death penalty. There would be one less violent evil thug if that happened to this perp. The tendency in the US to follow Canada and the UK in gradually eliminating the death penalty only keeps the prisons filled with useless human garbage.
  • Apparition

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    Jul 24, 2015 2:24 AM GMT
    I think BANISHMENT should be a new punishment. Commit some offence and you can no longer live in that area or state. You can enforce this with various means (flag their name for internet, phone, jobs, welfare) when you run out of states, you are SOL for any kind of life. Criminals really like their buddies and home turf, and to lose it would be stressful. Just being seen in that area again would be immediate grounds for being picked up and imprisoned without trial.
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    Jul 24, 2015 3:48 AM GMT
    It's a shame they didnt charge him with hate crime. I guess that federal law is pretty much useless then. Even though he only got 1 year there still should be gay hate crime on his record
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    Jul 24, 2015 6:51 PM GMT
    Apparition saidI think BANISHMENT should be a new punishment. Commit some offence and you can no longer live in that area or state. You can enforce this with various means (flag their name for internet, phone, jobs, welfare) when you run out of states, you are SOL for any kind of life. Criminals really like their buddies and home turf, and to lose it would be stressful. Just being seen in that area again would be immediate grounds for being picked up and imprisoned without trial.


    In earlier times, England sentenced malicious and malevolent malefactors to transportation. That's how Australia was populated.
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    Jul 26, 2015 1:58 PM GMT
    The charge should have been "attempted murder" and then reduce it to a lesser offense (manslaughter) during the plea bargain.
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    Jul 26, 2015 2:14 PM GMT
    Ronar2 saidIt's a shame they didnt charge him with hate crime. I guess that federal law is pretty much useless then. Even though he only got 1 year there still should be gay hate crime on his record

    I believe Republicans in Congress have blocked Federal hate crime legislation. Speak to your Republican Member of Congress about it.