Criminal charges not warranted
Specifically, I'm referring to the Jan. 21 letter to the editor written by Michael A. Claus Sr., in which Claus maintains that if he killed somebody while he was operating his vehicle, he would be charged with the death ("Accountability in Stingley case," Your Views).
Well, depending upon the circumstances, he could be, were the driving being done while intoxicated, driving recklessly or perhaps negligently. However, if the driving is void of this type of conduct, which is prohibited by state statute, and if the death is ultimately proven to be caused by a deadly, albeit accidental collision, there wouldn't be any criminal charges issued, as elements of the particular offense aren't present.
The investigation into the tragic death of Corey Stingley was slow, thorough and meticulous, utilizing every conceivable investigative tool available, including a John Doe inquiry, and through the entire process the Milwaukee County district attorney's office was unable to establish any culpable criminal activity committed by Jesse Cole, Robert Berringer or Mario Lauman.
Yes, I grieve with the Stingley family; however, I also grieve with Cole, Berringer and Lauman and their families for the pain and suffering that they are enduring. Has one ever heard of the saying, "There go I except for the grace of God?"
Chisholm made right decisionBruce Vielmetti's article on Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm's decision not to prosecute several men misses the point ("Tensions rise after DA's decision," Jan. 15).
The district attorney refused to cave to Milwaukee's pro-crime crowd. On the convenience store video, it is clear that Corey Stingley is stealing in the store. When the clerk discovers the theft, the teen grabs his debit card and runs. Stingley may have been young, but he was a football player. When shoppers attempt to stop the thief, he throws a punch. The heroic shoppers have no idea if the thief is armed, but they are determined to stop the criminal. They hold him until police arrive. They should be praised as heroes. Stingley died while being restrained. He would not have died had he not tried to steal.
When theft goes unpunished, businesses move out. A city with unpunished theft, burglary, murder and flash mobs is a city set to become the next Detroit. Chisholm made the correct decision.