GlobalGrind is deeply concerned about the death of 20 year old, Bo Morrison in the early hours of March 3rd in the small Wisconsin town of Slinger (population 3910). Protected under the "Castle Doctrine, " an outshoot of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Bo's killer, Adam Kind is a free man.
Here is what we know:
There was an underage drinking party at the home of Tim Hess, the neighbor of Mr. Kind, which Bo was attending. It was Mr. Hess' daughters who were the hosts of the party. Kind, 35, called police at about 1:00AM, complaining of loud music coming from a car parked in his neighbor's driveway. He pounded on the window of the car and asked a woman inside to turn down the music. She refused. The police arrive on the scene at 1:05AM.
For 45 minutes, the police try to get into the garage in the back of the Hess house, where the young people are partying, but to no avail. They leave the garage area, but park their cars just a few hundred feet away from both the Hess house and the Kind home.
At 1:50AM, the police call Adam Kind and explain that they will cite the party hosts in the morning. They speak with Adam for 4 1/2 minutes. The police say he was appreciative and would give a statement in the morning. Mr. Kind claims he went back to sleep with his wife.
At 1:55AM, the father of the party's host come outside and kicks down the door of the garage and all of the young people run. Bo runs and hides in the Adam Kind's enclosed porch in the back of his house.
At 1:56AM Bo is shot dead. The police cars are still outside the house. Bo is killed while the cops are only a few hundred feet from the house.
At 2:00AM Adam's wife calls 911 to report the shooting.
As we examine the facts in the case, we are troubled that Mr. Kind had called the police three times during the evening, visited the underage drinking party that was happening next door to his home, received a 4 1/2 call from the police after they have arrived on the scene, and still came out of his house with a Colt 45, ultimately shooting Bo, who was hiding in his enclosed porch.
Just to report the facts, Adam Kind is white and Bo Morrision is bi-racial. Slinger is 98% white and .2% black.
(Graphic courtesy of the Milwaukee State Journal)
Authorities ruled the killing of Bo Morrison, 20, by a Slinger, Wisconsin homeowner justifiable through the state's Castle Doctrine Law enacted late last year.
The law allows homeowners facing imminent danger to their lives to protect themselves using deadly force if necessary. Many are drawing comparisons to Trayvon Martin since the killer has used a "stand your ground" type of law as his defense. The question that we have is how is hiding in someone's porch imminent danger?
According to county District Attorney Mark Bensen:
"Under a reasonable view of the evidence the homeowner acted reasonably in his use of force based on the facts and circumstances."
The police report says that Kind fired one shot as Bo walked toward him, then yelled for his wife to call 911.
Bo's family contends that he was shot while crouching in the corner in the porch (not standing up).
An attorney representing Kind said the shooting of Bo in the enclosed porch would have been considered justifiable under Wisconsin's prior law as well.
Morrison's mother, Lauri Morrison, said he was trying to hide because he had previous tickets for underage drinking:
"He executed my son. This cannot happen to another kid."
Morrison's sister, Kayla Morrison, said the former high school athlete had gotten in with the wrong crowd for a while, "But he was not a criminal. He was not a violent person."
He had gone back to school to get a carpentry qualification and was planning to take a construction course, she said.
Bo's family has created a change.org petition in hopes of repealing the Castle Doctrine law in Wisconsin.
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