“We’re going to never let him forget what he did.”
Ex Stanford star swimmer and convicted sex offender, Brock Turner, who was found guilty of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus earlier this year and released from prison early last week after serving just three months, is continuing to cause public fury.
Protesters armed with guns surrounded Turner’s home in Ohio this week to greet him on his return. The protesters brandished signs with threatening statements, including ‘If I rape Brock, will I only do three months?’ and ‘Castrate rapists’.
“We’re going to never let him forget what he did,” one of the protesters standing outside the house told ABC News.
“If he is uncomfortable, then he begins to receive at least some punishment that he deserves for his crime,” another said.
— Jay Warren (@JayWarrenWCPO) September 2, 2016
The prosecutor for Turner’s case originally called for six years prison time for his crime, but Turner ended up with just six months after his judge suggested a harsher sentence would have too great an impact on his life, sparking outrage and a public petition asking for him to be stood down.
— coke (@wildd_child) September 3, 2016
Perhaps somewhat ironically, its lenient treatment of sex offenders isn’t the only flaw in the justice system; another legal oddity, the ‘right to bear arms’, is now being used to counter the sympathetic treatment the star athlete received from his judge, with protesters arming themselves to ensure Turner’s return to everyday life is anything but comfortable.
Images via twitter.com.
Comment: What’s your reaction to these protesters? Do you think they’ve gone too far?