Thousands of social media users are hoping to use their power in getting justice for 17-year-old #ElijahAlAmin of Arizona who was violently murdered for playing rap music.
Last week, 27-year-old Michael Adams told police he slit Elijah’s throat at a #CircleK store in #Peoria because he was playing the music too loud, @yahoolifestyle reports. Adams admitted that the boy did nothing to provoke the attack nor did he threaten Adams, but the suspect claims he wanted to be “proactive rather than reactive,” alluding that people who listen to rap music are a threat to him and the community.
Adams was charged with first-degree murder and now people are outraged that he is claiming mental illness as his defense for his actions–despite the fact that he has a violent past.
According to records from the Arizona Department of Corrections, Adams was released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Yuma, where he served a 13-month sentence for aggravated assault, just two days before the attack on Elijah.
His criminal history also includes theft, marijuana violation and assault with a weapon. Once the murder charges were brought forward however, Adams’ lawyer, Jacie Cotterell, said that he was “set up for failure.”
“They released him to the streets with no medication, no meds, with no way to care for himself,” she said. “It’s too easy as a society to shake our head and say well, they committed a crime, it’s too bad, we have jails for that, when really, what they need is treatment. They need a bed instead of a cell.”
Now, people are taking to Twitter to share their strong opposition to Cotterell’s defense and to demand that justice be served for Elijah amid what is being called a clear act of racism.
“Young black teens are being murdered in the US for wearing hoodies, playing with toys, listening to rap music, standing outside a store. This is a racial issue, not a mental health issue. These people are white supremacists and terrorists. Tired of this shit. #JusticeForElijah,” one tweet read.
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