January 21, 2011, - 3:21 pm
Just over a year ago, I told you about Tigh Croff, the security guard and father who was sick and tired of being a crime victim in his Detroit neighborhood. He shot and killed an unarmed robber, who surrendered. As I noted, his home had been robbed three times because that’s Detroit, and the police aren’t around to enforce the law. This week, Croft was convicted of manslaughter and will do at least two years in prison. He faces another possible 15 years. Last year, a much smarter jury deadlocked. Sadly, this latest jury wasn’t so smart, taking less than two hours to send this man to the big house.
Say Nice Things About Detroitistan & Send Men Like Tigh Croff to Jail for Defending Their Families
As I wrote back in 2009, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, when an unarmed criminal has surrendered, you should call police and keep your gun pointed on him. On the other hand, Croff had had enough. He’d been the victim, multiple times, at the hands of guys like the one he shot. Tigh Croff was a law-abiding father who, unlike 90% of fathers in Detroit, was in his kids’ lives. Now, he will be taken away from them, in sharp contrast to the many Detroitistan sperm donors who father kids at random, are never in their lives, and continue to roam the streets committing crime after crime. That serves no one and isn’t in the public interest. People who live in Detroit are forced into this because crime is rampant and police aren’t.
I don’t think Tigh Croff should go to prison, where it will serve no purpose to pay to house and feed him and keep him from his job as a security guard. Croff was provoked by robbers. And he was merely trying to protect his family. Sometimes, in the heat of all that, you do things you wouldn’t and shouldn’t. But it’s not like the victim was an innocent man. He was a robber, a robber of Croff’s house. At most, Croff should be forced to do some community service, though I’d argue that by cleaning a robber off of Detroit’s streets, he already did quite a service to the community, even if I don’t think he should’ve killed the guy.
Croff admitted to police that, “I told him he was going to die, and then I shot him.” The moral of the story here is not to talk to the police. Just wait for your lawyer. That’s what I tell all of my clients. But, sadly, when they hire me, they’ve already blabbed.
With all of the murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and other violent thugs roaming Detroit’s streets, it’s a damn shame that Michigan taxpayers will shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep Croff locked up when he is no threat to the rest of society . . . only to the criminals who come to rob his home.
There’s a message–a very bad one–being sent here: that violent criminals are less guilty than innocent people who protect themselves from them.
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