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#3137962 - 01/24/13 07:02 PM Being mobbed attacked
Encore Eye Candy
10 Point

Registered: 08/29/00
Posts: 4661
Loc: In the Middle of no where

If you were being attacked by a mob of kids or adults "fear of life", no weapons presented at you. Would you be in trouble for "standing your ground" in Tennessee?

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The controversial mob attack on two Virginian-Pilot reporters in Norfolk is getting national attention. Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly spoke about the attack Monday night after sending a crew to cover the story over the weekend.

During the show, his producer Jesse Watters said many people in Norfolk felt it was a racially motivated attack: "I think there is a lot of racial animosity in Norfolk."

Here's what concerns many leaders in Norfolk: The producer made this observation after spending Sunday in Norfolk, after ambushing the Pilot editor while he was getting into his car, and flagging down a couple of others he met on the street to get their reaction.

"I was a bit taken back when I saw the O'Reilly factor piece last night," said Norfolk Vice-Mayor Anthony Burfoot who has lived in the city his entire 44 years. "I am out here everyday, and I do not hear that there is this deep racial tension and racial animosity in Norfolk."

Watters goes on about the attack, which even the victims claim was not racially motivated, "(The event) was a lid on the powder keg and all of a sudden it exploded," Watters said.

Burfoot got calls about it, "I had friends that called me from California. They asked, 'What's going on there in Norfolk? Hell, what is going on? I didn't know you had race problems in Norfolk,' and all I could say was we don't have anything going on here," Burfoot said.

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim told, "The citizens of Norfolk are concerned about crime wherever and whenever it occurs." Mayor Fraim has lived in Norfolk his entire 62 years, and was especially incensed by this Jesse Watters conclusion, "And a lot people in the black community are using the Trayvon Martin as a leverage to explode." Fraim responded, "We are insulted by that, and that they would link this to something that happened in Florida is ridiculous."

Burfoot goes further than that, saying the Bill O'Reilly producer enflamed to get a reaction, "They are not getting the response that they wanted. They didn't get the reaction, so they then sensationalized it." That, of course, is the negative stereotype of reporters, "Creating a story that is fictitious, and that there is a powder keg in this community, and that race relations are not good, but the relations are good," said Burfoot.

Wardence Butler, who works in Norfolk said in response to the racial animosity allegations, "There will always be racial problems, but there is no overwhelming problems between the races here. There are racial issues, but I don't think it's a powder keg. I don't think we are going to have a revolution anytime soon."

Kent Lee, Sr., felt strongly on the issue, saying, "A powder keg with its top about to blow? No, we are one community out here. We look out for each other, so I don't see the powder keg." Lee's 19-year-old son, Kent Jr. said, "I got white friends. I still play ball with them, so i don't see that powder keg at all."

Longtime City of Norfolk critic, Michael Muhammad, who is always concerned about racial issues in Norfolk, told, "Well, the reality is there is a lot of racial animosity in Norfolk, but it has nothing to do with this story."

Muhammad thinks racial tension in any community like Norfolk deals a lot with economic disparity.

10 On Your Side called O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters, but he did not return our call. Pilot reporter Dave Forster e-mailed us back saying the Norfolk Police have asked him not to speak anymore on this issue.

Edited by Encore Eye Candy (01/24/13 07:03 PM)
Sticks and stones may break my bones but I promise that I will hurt you.

#3137982 - 01/24/13 07:15 PM Re: Being mobbed attacked [Re: Encore Eye Candy]
Diehard Hunter
12 Point

Registered: 08/01/08
Posts: 6980
Loc: East Tennessee

I did not get in trouble, but I never pointed the gun at any of them. I was able to keep them at bay long enough for the police to get there simply by having the pistol in hand.

I will add that the policeman asked me a couple of very specific questions.

1) did I fear for my life? I answered yes.
2) what made me fear for my life. I answered there were 8 of them and one of me and they were making threats.
3) did I point the gun at them? I answered no, if I had one or more of them would be dead. I only point a gun at something I intend to shoot.

Other witnesses corroborated what I said. Two of the teens went to jail and I went home.

Those were the exact questions and the exact answers that day.
The recreational value of a game animal is inverse to the artificiality of its origin and the intensiveness of the management system that produced it. Aldo Leopold

#3138030 - 01/24/13 07:56 PM Re: Being mobbed attacked [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Encore Eye Candy
10 Point

Registered: 08/29/00
Posts: 4661
Loc: In the Middle of no where

Thanks for sharing Diehard. I see something like this happening here.

I had a friend that was in a wreck and before the police got there a mob grab my friend out of the vehicle and took what they wanted. Even though you cannot protect property in this aspect it could have gotten worst.

What was funny the other car that was in the accident they did not even touch.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but I promise that I will hurt you.

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