While reading this latest news, keep in mind that 22-year-old John Crawford III, a black man, was shot and killed by police inside a Beavercreek, Ohio, Wal-Mart while holding a BB gun which he had gotten from the store’s shelves. He was not threatening anyone.
A Walmart in Sulphur Springs, Texas, was reportedly “terrorized” to the point it had to be placed on lockdown late Friday night after a customer reported seeing a man with a gun entering the store.
Police set up a perimeter around the shopping center on South Broadway Street and looked at surveillance footage of the man, who was seen getting out of a pickup truck that had been stolen in Arkansas.
He managed to elude law enforcement by exiting through a side door in the automotive department. No one in the store was hurt.
The Walmart was cleared to resume regular business as police continued searching for the man, who was later identified as 40-year-old Hollis Blaine Sartin.
Early Saturday morning, Sartin was spotted east of Sulphur Springs driving another vehicle. He was arrested by deputies from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Sartin has a long history with the law dating back to 1992. His rap sheet includes arrests for the sexual assault of a child, aggravated assault, burglary and theft.
Flashback to last year:
To be clear, the police acted appropriately in bringing Hollis Blaine Sartin in alive. I wouldn’t want it any other way, including in John Crawford’s case, but it’s too late for Mr. Crawford.
One of these men had an actual gun, the other did not. One is alive, the other is not. Both men should be alive.
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