...and while the circumstances were quite different, one aspect remains the same: an African-American lost his life when he confronted someone who had the means to defend himself.
Yeah, the decedent was a younger black man... 32-year-old Fredrick Lorenza Kelly Jr.... and the shooter is 54-year-old Bryon Park, no ethnicity provided.
It occured last Friday around midnight in West Melbourne, Florida, and at this writing this much is known:
The late Mr. Kelly was possessed of an extensive criminal history which includes armed robbery, aggravated battery, and false imprisonment. And while the most recent prior entry on his rap sheet dated to 2009, his final act of recidivism began with a demand of the Domino's employee for money.
A spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff's Office stated that when Park returned to his vehicle, Kelly threatened him with a large knife through the car window, and threatened to kill him if he did not comply.
Kelly's problem was, he had either never seen "The Untouchables" or he'd forgotten Sean Connery's advisory against "bringing a knife to a gun fight."
It actually wasn't much of a fight... Park, a former 10-year West Melbourne police officer with, under H.R. 218, the ability to carry a concealed firearm, produced a handgun, fired once and revoked Kelly's birth certificate.
Resistant victim: 1; nocturnal predator: 0.
So far there hasn't been a peep out of the reverential-when-it-suits-them-and-media-is-present Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, or The White House, for that matter.
It also remains to be seen whether Park will lose his job for violating company policy against carrying his sidearm.
It would be too bad if he did... but he'll live with it.
Quite a bit of difference between a victim presumably "sitting his ground" in his vehicle while being held up by an armed robber and a "tough guy because I have a gun" wanna-be cop and an unarmed citizen who could arguably be "standing his ground" out in the open. Fortunately, citizen Park was armed and was able to defend himself. Coincidently with this action he may have improved the gene pool and saved the taxpayers of Brevard County the cost of trial and incarceration of the profoundly unlucky Kelly.
The primary actor in Trayvon Martin's death was... Trayvon Martin, which is not to suggest that George Zimmerman is entirely blameless.
We could thrash this out for years, but the jury has made their determination known, and it seems that not even Eric Holder is zealot enough to try to drag this into Federal Court.