Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Why I'm pro death penalty - ask the Burke family

I'm often asked my position on the death penalty. I am pro death penalty because I believe that society has an obligation to protect people from certain criminals who are clearly a threat to others.

Now your average anti death penalty citizen would counter with throwing the inmates into jail forever with no possibility of parole.

What they fail to realize is that these people continue to be a threat to others inside and outside of the prison community.  Don't inmates and corrections officers deserve protections from these animals as well as the general population?

And if you believe that these guys don't continue to be a threat to others while in prison let me introduce you to the Burke family.

Who are they?

 A Florida inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally stabbing a prison guard with a sharpened spoon while on death row for abducting and killing a Miami couple.

Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the governor's office said. The execution took place in the same prison where Muhammad killed corrections officer Richard Burke in 1980.

"This is where my dad took his last breath," said the slain guard's daughter, 47-year-old Carolyn Burke Thompson. She was among several family members who witnessed the execution and could be seen crying in the front row as it was carried out.

"The system finally has worked. I am at peace knowing I don't have to wait any longer. I miss my dad a lot," she said.

Muhammad, 62, was initially condemned to die for the 1974 abduction and killings of Sydney and Lillian Gans of Miami. Tuesday's execution was specifically for Burke's killing.

There are few things I know with 100% certainty and one of those is that Askari Muhammad will kill no more.


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