Stupidity, Not Race, Caused Oakland Killing

Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 6, 2013

Sometime after 3 a.m. Saturday outside the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland, Zachary Sheridan, 24, of Brookline was shot to death.

Police have arrested Isiah Joshua Smith, 22, of Lincoln-Lemington, identifying him as the killer.

According to the police report, their dispute started when someone in Mr. Sheridan’s group jokingly asked a woman who was parking her car outside the “O” if they could get a ride home since no cabs were available. The woman, identified as Rhonda Hall, took offense and accused the three men of “disrespecting” her.

Mr. Sheridan apologized, according to the report, but it didn’t mollify the woman who recounted the slight to Mr. Smith and two friends of his inside the restaurant. Mr. Smith, who is the nephew of Ms. Hall’s boyfriend, is said to have approached Mr. Sheridan’s group with two other men. One of them shouted, “I’m hood; I’m from the hood” and “There’s three of you and three of us. What’s up?”

Police stated that Mr. Smith raised a loaded 9mm Kel Tech P-11 handgun and pointed it at the head of one of Mr. Sheridan’s friends. Mr. Sheridan, a former linebacker for Slippery Rock University’s football team, intervened and struck Mr. Smith, knocking him to the ground at least twice and bloodying his mouth, the report said.

Police say that video surveillance footage shows Zachary Sheridan’s attempt to escape the altercation by fleeing across Forbes Avenue once it became clear he was about to get shot. Mr. Smith is reportedly seen on the video firing at Mr. Sheridan’s retreating figure.

The bullet entered the victim’s upper back and exited his upper chest, the medical examiner found. The former football player was dead within minutes after stumbling out of range of the surveillance cameras. {snip}

Mr. Smith went to work as usual later on Saturday, but he thought better of it when he saw his face on the evening news. He left his job early, complaining of dizziness, and returned home where his mother and brother urged him to turn himself in. He made a statement to police, recounting the shooting as one motivated by self-defense.

Inexplicably, homicide charges weren’t immediately filed against Mr. Smith, and he was allowed to leave the police station after giving his statement. The district attorney’s office wouldn’t approve criminal charges until it examined the medical examiner’s autopsy report on Monday. It did so after reviewing the findings.

Although tragic, this appears to be a fairly straightforward case of a man with a gun shooting and killing an unarmed man over nothing. The racial backgrounds of the victim (white) and shooter (black) aren’t germane. Still, their colors have already provided an excuse for some folks whose sense of racial grievance is beyond the pale.

Here’s how one reader, whose grasp of the facts is dubious to begin with, interpreted the events in a note to me:

“Mr. Norman, if the races of these 2 groups were reversed and a white kid/guy had shot at a group of fleeing blacks, killing one, I would imagine that the blood on the sidewalk would barely be dried and washed away before folks like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton (both Reverends, you know) and others would be on planes here to make folks aware of the injustice that had just occurred. Hell, maybe Eric Holder would show up to assure the police were handling this crime correctly and with the proper sense of urgency.

“But, alas, that will not happen because this story, unlike that of George (white Hispanic) Zimmerman, is a dog bites man story. One that unfortunately happens all the time. You see, Mr. Norman, if I had a son, he would look like Zach. I can only imagine that white communities throughout the South Hills and the entire city are ready to erupt in violence if justice is not done. No Justice — No Peace! You see, Tony: I Am Zach.”

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It is disgusting that Zach Sheridan’s murder is already being exploited by those who assume black folks will support Mr. Smith’s bogus self-defense claim en masse, even though his own family made him turn himself in. Like George Zimmerman, Isiah Smith appears to be a murderer. Unlike Zimmerman, he won’t have people like the letter-writer in his corner rationalizing his crime as self-defense.

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  • MekongDelta69

    “I’m hood, yo.”

    This mean, of course, that Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan and all the rest of the race hustling poverty pimps will be flying in on their private jets.

    Oh wait… never mind.

  • Puggg

    Why America doesn’t have many mental hospitals anymore: Because we don’t need them. We let our mentally ill write for newspapers.

    • Manaphy

      Also, these mental hospitals will be filled to the brim with Zulus and Aztecs. It would only be a matter of time before some bespectacled, beret-wearing, beard-bearing “hipster” wearing a keffiyeh (with a Guy Fawkes mask in his Abercrombie & Fitch backpack) tweets the word”racism” from his iPad.

    • 48224

      I am convinced that there is a segment of white pseudo intellectual whites that believe that intelligence is measured by how much black butt they can kiss.

      • me

        French kiss. While begging for forgiveness for being “Whitey”. Mentally ill asshats writing for the Marxist rags….nothing new to see here. I do laugh at the umbrage that Tony Norman has with people writing the truth, reducing honest debate to name calling. What a turd Norman is…

  • RebelliousTreecko

    “It is disgusting that Zach Sheridan’s murder is already being exploited
    by those who assume black folks will support Mr. Smith’s bogus
    self-defense claim en masse, even though his own family made him turn
    himself in.”

    And what about the people who exploited Trayvon’s death and insisted that there were racial motivations?

    “Like George Zimmerman, Isiah Smith appears to be a murderer.
    Unlike Zimmerman, he won’t have people like the letter-writer in his
    corner rationalizing his crime as self-defense.”

    Rationalizing? Trayvon has banging Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk.

    • Oil Can Harry

      When blacks kill whites the mainstream media breathlessly intone that “It wasn’t about race.”

      However, should a white accidentally bump into a nonwhite on a crowded street that same media demands a bias investigation.

      • sbuffalonative

        Mr. Norman is using typical black obfuscation. Play down the relevant facts. Put a spin on the story.

        He’s trying to write ‘the narrative’. This ‘narrative’ spin happened with the Jena Six Hoax and the Duke Lacrosse Hoax.

        Pay very close attention when blacks start spinning their ‘narrative’. When you see it, point it out, draw attention to it, mock it, ridicule it and expose the ‘narrator’ as the apologist for lies, black crime, and murder.

    • sbuffalonative

      Zach Sheridan’s murder is a tragedy that doesn’t require another layer of manufactured outrage. Pittsburghers of all races mourn his senseless loss.

      I did a quick search and found this reporters take on Zimmerman:

      Zimmerman jury heard less than it should

      Typical negro ‘logic’.

      Zimmerman (a “white” man) is guilty of murder for killing a man who attacked him while a black man was being stupid when he shot a white man in the back.

      To Mr. Norman, we’re supposed to be outraged by the death of Marin while shooting a white man in the back is just, well, stupid.

      This creep is an apologist for a murderer because the murderer is black.

      His last remark about this ‘senseless loss’ is insincere and condescending.

  • capnmorgan5150

    “Police stated that Mr. Smith raised a loaded 9mm Kel Tech P-11 handgun…”

    I’m surprised it even fired. Those are junk guns used by blacks all the time.

    • MekongDelta69

      We used to call them K-Tel guns.
      (It’s only funny, if you remember the reference to the cheap knockoff LPs K-Tel used to put out.)

      • Biff_Maliboo

        There’s a punchline about “20 Explosive Hits” here, I just need to find the set-up.

      • capnmorgan5150

        I do! I also remember the Spirograph.

      • Bob

        “Super Bad” by K-Tel…lord have mercy, I used to have that record. I was only 10 though.

        • Several times, I overheard my mother say this to her friends about her past dating life:

          “If he had too many K-Tel albums in his record collection, I broke it off. If he had any K-Tel double album, then I got the hell out of there, found the nearest pay phone, and called a cab.”

          • You’ll like this, then: In the late 1990s, K-tel’s stock was massively shorted, reducing the value to pennies a share, until in 2007, the stock did a 1-for-5000 reverse split, which allowed to company to de-list itself from NASDAQ.

    • evilsandmich

      Hi-Point is the local favorite here. Every now and then a story leaks out of the fringes of Cleveland that the company, which is slightly to the south of the city, is racist because they sell guns that blacks can afford to shoot each other up with.

  • White Mom in WDC

    What do black people in America expect? They rally behind members of ‘da commuuuuunity’ all the time and claim he or she ‘din do nuffins’. Old habits die hard and that is certainly the case in ‘da hood’.

  • So CAL Snowman

    So this Isiah Smith murders a human being in cold blood and then casually goes back to work like nothing abnormal happened? I wonder just how many black people are EXACTLY like this Isiah Smith character, no remorse, no compassion, no value for human life.

    • cancerous bananna

      Yeah, shot in the back too just like a coward would.

      • Romulus

        Just like FORD did to Jesse.

    • Romulus

      That’s easy. Allowing for percent of error, break it down by numbers. 44 mil approx. A handful of smart ones (1%), 2 to 3% miscegenation rate, that leave about 96% based on my crude statistics.

    • texasoysterman

      What’s unusual is, he went back to WORK.

  • Spartacus

    “The racial backgrounds of the victim (white) and shooter (black) aren’t
    germane. Still, their colors have already provided an excuse for some
    folks whose sense of racial grievance is beyond the pale.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Can I have 5 minutes alone with the guy who wrote this article ? Pretty please ?

  • Luca

    “Unlike Zimmerman, he won’t have people like the letter-writer in his corner rationalizing his crime as self-defense.” – Tony Norman

    Perhaps that is because there is no rationale in comparing the two cases or claiming self defense. Zimmerman did not shoot TM in the back as he was fleeing, leave him there and go to work the next morning.

    The two cases are galaxies apart. It’s pretty damn hard to claim self-defense when someone is running away from you and you shoot them in the back.

    But why should facts matter to liberal media bias?

  • RHG

    Once again we get to see how the media reacts to these kinds of crimes, they couldn’t wait to turn and twist the Zimmerman killing into a “racial” incident to the point they invented things. But, when whites complain about this killing it’s characterized as a “racial grievance beyond the pale” and how dare they even think of bringing race into it.

  • kjh64

    “It is disgusting that Zach Sheridan’s murder is already being exploited by those who assume black folks will support Mr. Smith’s bogus self-defense claim en masse, even though his own family made him turn himself in.”

    We assume Blacks folks will support Black killers of Whites because they usually do. OJ Simpson anyone? However, it doesn’t have to be a famous case, Blacks do this all the time. His own family only made him turn himself in because he was already identified and they had already rehearsed together his self-defense claim. They thought is would make him look innocent. They weren’t doing it because they thought he did something wrong and should be held accountable.

    “Like George Zimmerman, Isiah Smith appears to be a murderer. Unlike Zimmerman, he won’t have people like the letter-writer in his corner rationalizing his crime as self-defense.”

    The Zimmerman case has nothing to do with this. Zimmerman was physically attacked and defended himself. This guy pulled a gun on people over nothing and shot one while he fled.

    • evilsandmich

      There were a small (small) number of blacks that I knew back in the day and that was my favorite question “OJ: guilty or innocent?”. I never got an answer, but I’m glad George Z has given me a fresher version.

      • Irishgirl

        I asked blacks that question many times (I lived in Los Angeles back then) and always heard, “He was framed!” Seriously.

  • CJ Haze

    Here’s the author of the article:

    • Spartacus

      He looks familiar… Does he have a twin brother that’s a midget ? Because I think I saw him in my toilet today .

    • [Guest]

      Each of us should have a good look. That’s the face of our overlord.

      • me

        Not mine! And not anyone’s for very much longer. The ‘progressive’ movement is doomed….

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        Hmm, a turd wearing glasses.

    • libertarian1234

      Why do blacks like to shave their heads and look even more ridiculous than they do with kinky wool?

  • Sick of it

    George Zimmerman didn’t shoot a guy in the back who was fleeing for his life. Otherwise, I’d say he was a murderer.

  • Romulus

    Not a freaking peep from the media!! When is It going to stop!! The cover-ups, the deceit, the media fabrications. The twisting of the facts with Trevon Martin to forever latest these effing animals as victims. The real victims in America is us! Not a one black should have ever remained on us soil after the war. It will never change. They are still here!. 44 million that will never assimilate, because can never be one race, period. We’ll just be turned into a nation of mulattoes,hispanics ,blacks, with a few pockets here and there ruled by a tribe controlled plutocratic elite.

    • BonusGift

      Yes, that is the direction it has gone and is going; but let the first step away from that begin here, and let it be motivation to keep walking away from that type of present and future.

  • DerekaGrandon

    Slouching Towards South Africa…

  • Nick Gherz

    “I’m hood” is the black equivalent for “I attended Dartmouth”.

    FAIL

    • me

      OOOOH! “I be HOOD, mutha….”. The first words out of a Bantu’s mouth before the full-on chimpout!

  • APaige

    Stupidity not race..well stupidity does seem to be in abundance in ‘certain’ races. That sheboon should be arrested.

  • Evette Coutier

    Stupidity, not race—what’s the difference?

  • exLibtard

    One of them shouted, “I’m hood; I’m from the hood” and “There’s three of you and three of us. What’s up?”

    Yeah, race had nothing to do with it. Warning a White person that you’re “from the hood” doesn’t signal that there’s a racial component to your aggressive behavior.

    • Irishgirl

      I think the youth was asking what 3+3 is.

  • 1proactive2

    Staggeringly accurate comment. Primitive cultures react instantly to any social slight, real or imagined.

  • me

    OOOH! Ain’t he “intellecsual an’ sheet” with his turtleneck and smug look of superiority….Affirmative Action Bantu with attitude. It would be funny if it weren’t so common…

    • Spartacus

      You can put a monkey in a suit, it’s still a monkey .

  • me

    LOL!

  • me

    Yup. I think that the ‘media’ is using emotional intelligence, instead of actual physical age, as a measuring stick. In that case, the ‘media’ is correct. Bantus are pretty immature and irrational people.

  • William Hinkle

    If Mr. Sheridan and his party had carried permitted sidearms then is story may have never happened in the way it did.

  • jane johnson

    It’s probably a nickname for “D’Antonio”, or some such. Makes him seem less “ghetto”. I’ll check, and get back to you.

  • mobilebay

    I don’t recall anyone using the term “disrespecting” until the blacks began using it. Is my memory failing, or is it simply a black word used by those to whom we haven’t paid enough homage?

    • CoweringCoward

      Failure to submissively urinate on first contact is grounds enough to justify your immediate termination!

  • Sloppo

    “Like George Zimmerman, Isiah Smith appears to be a murderer. Unlike Zimmerman, he won’t have people like the letter-writer in his corner rationalizing his crime as self-defense.”

    George shot a man in the front who was sitting on top of him smashing his head into a concrete curb. Isiah shot a man in the back who was running away from him. Perhaps, it was stupidity, not race, which made the relevance of those issues incomprehensible for a diminished capacity affirmative action Bantu reporter in Pittsburg.

    • Frans

      The whining negroes will NEVER let the Zimmerman incident go.

  • longing4abetterworld

    what wasn’t reported here is that the writer of the article, Tony Norman, is BLACK. Not only that, but his column is strictly opinion, not fact. He’s a left-wing nutcase who writes about all stories that are racial in nature. So that’s totally why he doesn’t think race had anything to do with it…

    • sbuffalonative

      Black and a creep.

      He’s an apologist for a murderer (who shot a white man IN THE BACK) because the murderer is black.

      TNB.

  • bubo

    It’s hard to joke around with blacks. What a normal functioning human brain would know is humor to a black would be “disrespect.”

    I hope this stupid black woman is satisfied that she got a young white guy murdered for absolutely no goddamn reason. I’m sure she is.

    • libertarian1234

      Blacks aren’t bright enough to understand humor. It does no good to try to joke with them.

      I can tell you this egghead black female is the usual white-hating black who is looking constantly to complain about something or someone that has something to do with whites.

      But this time she’s going to get a black sent up for a long time, so it wasn’t just whitey who has been harmed.

      Sheridan should have been carrying, but his biggest mistake was in thinking a black could understand good-natured kidding.

      Is this or is it not an excellent example of why whites should never speak or associate with blacks in any way but, preferably, avoid them at all costs?

      • Sloppo

        To answer your question, yes.

      • bubo

        Reminds me of the black bouncer who killed three of his black coworkers earlier this year because they pulled a joke on him.

        Extremely thin skin, outrageous arrogance and low impulse control make black people dangerous to be around.

  • The barrel, magazine and slide are steel. Everything else is aluminum or plastic, even the guide rod is plastic. There’s no external manual safety (!), and no external hammer; the “safety” is thus a long, heavy trigger pull – double-action only.

    With that trigger pull and the light weight of 14 ounces (only 40% of what a Browning High Power weighs), I imagine any sort of precision is impossible. On the other hand, it appears perfect for backshooting someone at short range.

  • My first pistol was a Mauser “Bolo” broomhandle in 7.63mm X 25 cal. I used to have two old Browning GP-35s, one a Canadian Inglis Chinese model, and the other made by Mauser in 1984. I loved the Mauser C-96.

  • Jim Henry

    Since it was 3:00 AM, I am certain alcohol was involved. However, that is no excuse. Whites need to self-segregate (boycott) from businesses which cater to hood-blacks, whatever-da-f**k that means. That would include Red Lobster, KFC, McDonalds, etc. Patronize mom and pop restaurants. The food and clientele is better.

    Imagine the economic impact this will have on the businesses. Whites need a white Rev. Al and Jesse to lead this.

  • Noman didn’t die for apologizing. He died for knocking Smith down and then turning around to walk away from the confrontation. Maybe he should have beat Smith’s brains out against the curbside, since that seems all the rage these days.