Eddie Griffin was asked by the family of Tracy Tennison to consider his case. He is a suspect in a home invasion, robbery-murder case.
Innocent or guilt has not entered into concern. First, I need the facts.
Three masked men broke into the house of a known drug dealer, robbed and killed him.
The first thing that strikes me about this case was the robbery and murder of a drug dealer.
Who knew the drug dealers' identity and address? Who knew that he would have money? Who supplied him with the drugs to sell? Maybe, it was a setup, and Tennison might be the fall guy or a patsy.
When I was in prison, a man like Tracy Tennison could not enter into my domain, crying innocent about his conviction. Every man accepts the fact that “if you do the crime, then you must do the time.” Call it an occupational hazard.
But there is one thing I know. Black street dealers are not the financiers of the drug traffic. They are part of an expendable distribution change.
In my day, people would come to us with information about a big drug transaction, asking if anybody had the guts to rip it off, taking drugs and money, and leaving the street kingpin with a bullet in the brain.
For a $50,000 transaction, some street hustlers would take the bait, only to leave enough evidence behind to get busted. They become the fall guys, but sworn to secrecy as to how the stickup job was set up.
Tracy Tennison is caught up somewhere in between. The authorities say that he was one of the three robbers. Obviously, the first young man apprehended in the crime possessed the gun that was used as the murder weapon.
The strange thing during my day was how street hustlers came about getting their guns to use in the commission of a crime. They could buy a gun on credit, to be repaid by the successful execution of the crime. A $300 gun would sell on the streets for $1,000, therefore, the crime had to be a major heist or hit job.
In the Tennison case, the police apprehended a white boy as the shooter of a black drug dealer. They found the murder weapon in his possession. Supposedly, he gave up the identity of his two accomplices, one of which was Tennison.
Whether Tennison is guilty or innocent makes no difference to me at this point. I want to know more about how millions of dollars of drugs are trafficked into our community every day, right under our noses. Where do the millions and billions of dollars go? And, why is it that our kids wound up with the bullet in the head or charged with the crime.
Call it Black-on-Black crime. I call it something else.