Here’s a question for you. Does the amount of alcohol a victim consumes give any justification for them being repeatedly kicked in the head, all the time being unconscious? For me, I simply cannot make this connection. It seems a person could be sober as a judge or drunk as a sailor and it’s still not relevant.
Let me take this further, is there ever any good reason to brutally attack a person who is defenseless and posing no threat (for the time being forget that they flat on their back unconscious)?
During the trial, I sat in complete astonishment as the future convicts tried every conceivable angle without any success. They began with self-defense, but after seeing the video surveillance it was clear Ryan was doing everything in his power to avoid physical conflict. Ryan did everything right. He disengaged several times, but was pursued the mob. Ryan went so far as to back-peddle over a distance of at least ten yards with his hands up, palms out (just imagine someone being held-up).
This demonstrated two things to me: 1) Ryan was not wanting any part of a fight, and 2) he was clearly not at any level of intoxication that affected his agility and coordination. Hell, back-peddling is difficult enough, even for athletes in prime condition.
I’m just surprised this might be used again as a possible cause to inflict a beat-down, as though there ever is any good cause. I’m just happy to see that they have absolutely nothing to prove their actions. Two of these thugs are not only criminally guilty, but all are civilly negligent.
Jonathan May readily admitted to hitting Ryan when Ryan wasn’t looking. Austin Vantrease readily admitted to kicking Ryan as he lay unconscious. Their actions really violates two codes; the criminal code and the moral code. To me, “never shot a man in the back” and “never kick a man when he’s down” has meaning. Society finds these actions cowardly. So, like I said in court to these scumbags… You are guilty. You always will be guilty.
Let me now add, “You are cowards. You always will be cowards.” Your actions on November 7, 2009, the chronic hiding, the failure to accept responsibility, and continued disregard of any accountability prove this.