Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NJ - Parole Board's Sex Offender Management Unit

Police attaching a GPS device
Original Article

09/03/2013

By Jack Chavdarian

Ankle bracelets, counseling programs and house visits are a few ways the New Jersey State Parole Board's SOMU lowers recidivism.

The New Jersey State Parole Board's Sex Offender Management Unit (SOMU) supervises about 6,000 sex offenders with the twin mission of preventing repeat offenses and helping offenders re-enter society after prison. The unit's sworn officers accomplish their mission with active supervision, the use of GPS ankle bracelets, counseling programs and subsequent arrests for new violations.

The SOMU is made up of 131 officers divided into two sections – the SOMU and the Electric Monitoring Program (EMP). The SOMU is made up of 88 officers and the Electronic Monitoring Program accounts for another 43 officers.

Officers assigned to the north and south SOMU focus on registered sex offenders with violations that include endangering the welfare of children, sexual assault, and failure to register. Paroled offenders with GPS and Radio Frequency (RF) ankle bracelets fall under the purview of the electronic monitoring program.

"The GPS bracelet provides real-time locations for offenders as well as a historical trail," says the unit's Capt. Steven Tallard.
- Real-time?  We seriously doubt that!

Offenders come under supervision for the first time directly from sentencing, after release from state prison, or transferring from another state.

Internal control of sex offenders consists of counseling, which incorporates involvement from the parole officer and lie-detection tester. Polygraphs help determine the offender's compliance with supervision conditions. Drug tests reveal the validity of their claims of being under the influence while committing the offense.
- Polygraphs are junk science which are not admissible in court, but can ruin someone's life due to false positives or corruption by the person giving the test.

In addition to the usual flurry of paperwork inherent in investigative police work, officers assigned to this unit must juggle a variety of other job tasks including visiting offenders in their homes, lengthy searches, interrogations, and arrests. They may meet with the offender's employers; coordinate with police departments; visit jails to interview an offender; and back up fellow officers conducting searches.
- If the person is not on probation / parole, then you cannot search their property without a warrant, and what is the purpose of meeting with the offenders employer, except to possibly cause them to lose their job?

Training topics include addressing denial through the polygraph, understanding deviant sexual arousal, cognitive restructuring, and relapse prevention. Other training covers interview and interrogation, developing conditions of supervision, understanding an offender's computer use of social networking or child pornography, and the use of the polygraph.

"Much of the training focuses on counseling as an effective arrangement with the sex offender," Tallard says.

Unit supervisors have been known to recruit members from the police academy, while other officers submit a request to join. A successful officer in the unit must have the ability to work autonomously, must be confident, and have good written and verbal skills. He or she must be observant, analytical, and professional during difficult circumstances.

"The most difficult part of the job is dealing with the damage that the sex offender has done to another human being and the emotional toll it takes on the officer," Tallard says.

An officer in the unit must put aside anything they feel emotionally to best supervise the offender and perform their jobs effectively.

"The goal of supervision is to prevent recidivist behavior and when the officer injects personal feelings into supervision the offender recognizes this judgmental attitude and 'shuts down,'" adds Tallard.

The officer must maintain communication with an offender to supervise them and ensure information flows freely. The assignment's rewards include knowing a sex offence has been prevented. When an offender does violate parole, the officer must respond to the violation. In New Jersey, a sex offender is under parole supervision for life as part of sentencing for their offense.
- How do you know a sex offence has been prevented?  You are assuming they will re-offend, which studies show that is just not the case, for the majority.

Violations may bring curfews, counseling or treatment, electronic monitoring, placement in a residential treatment facility, and imposing more restrictive conditions of supervision, Tallard says.
- Which is additional (unconstitutional) punishment!

Offenders can apply to the sentencing court for removal of lifetime supervision, if they can show the court that they haven't committed a crime in 15 years and don't pose a threat to others. This results in far fewer offenders being removed from supervision than added each month—the unit received 710 new offenders to supervise in just the last year.

"Theoretically, an officer can start their career with a certain caseload, stay in that position for the entirety of their career, and end their career with most of the same people on their caseload," Tallard says. "It's a unique and complex relationship."


GA - Officers Kristopher Travitz & Alvin Sutherland charged / accused of sexual crimes against inmates

Kristopher Travitz
Kristopher Travitz
Original Article

09/04/2013

By Lindsay Field

MARIETTA - One of two Sheriff’s Office sergeants accused in separate cases related to sexually assaulting jail inmates has decided to plead guilty to all but one of the charges.

Kristopher David Travitz, 37, was arrested in February on charges of two counts each of distributing obscene materials and sexual assault against an inmate and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

The case of another Cobb sergeant, Alvin Blake Sutherland, who is accused of sexually abusing four female inmates, is expected to be heard this month.

The Douglasville resident and former U.S. Marine, who had worked with the department for 14 years prior to his arrest, showed two female inmates pornographic photos and performed sexual acts with both women while they were being housed in the Cobb County jail in 2010 and 2011.

Travitz pleaded guilty on Monday to all but one of the charges at a hearing before Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green. The aggravated sexual battery charge was dismissed.

As I have stated before, misconduct by those sworn to uphold the law is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with expeditiously and the offender prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren in a release. “I had complete confidence in my investigators, Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds’ office and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia who investigated and prosecuted this case.”

Marietta attorney Joel Pugh, who represented Travitz, said he was surprised by his client’s decision to plead guilty.

He said he had a change of heart over the weekend,” Pugh said Monday. “Last week, he did not want the plea but this morning he decided to change his mind.”

Pugh said he’s been discussing a negotiated plea with the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia for more than a month. Because of a potential conflict of interest between the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office and Travitz, the case was assigned to a district attorney from outside of Cobb.

(Travitz) was very emotional and asked the judge for leniency, despite it being a negotiated plea and told the judge that his entire adult life he’s done good things,” Pugh said. “The judge handled it very well and told him not to let this define who he is and not to let his children believe this is who he is.”

Pugh said the former sergeant’s family was present to support him.

Green sentenced Travitz to 15 years in prison, but Travitz will only serve five years. The remaining 10 years will be served on probation, according to court documents.

Pugh said his client has remained in jail since his arrest but was originally held at the Bartow County Jail since he was a Cobb County sheriff’s deputy. He was recently transferred to Cherokee County’s jail, where he will remain until the Georgia Department of Corrections determines where he will be imprisoned.

Another sergeant facing jail time
Alvin Sutherland
Alvin Sutherland
Shortly before Travitz’s arrest, 51-year-old Alvin Blake Sutherland, also of Douglasville, was arrested on charges of rape, sexual assault against an inmate and violation of his oath of office. He is accused of sexually abusing four inmates at the county jail and elsewhere.

The acts are believed to have occurred between June 2009 and Jan. 11 of this year.

Sutherland was indicted in June on 18 counts: seven counts of aggravated sodomy; five counts of sexual assault against a person in custody; three counts of making false statements; two counts of aggravated sexual battery; and one count of rape.

Cobb Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin said he faces life in prison without parole on the rape charges alone.

The case will be heard by Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley and Sutherland is scheduled to appear in her courtroom on Friday. Melvin said Sutherland’s attorney, Christopher Flinn of Decatur, will be requesting a continuance.


PA - South Connellsville woman (Sheena Anne Housel) charged for false rape report

Wrongly Accused
Original Article

09/04/2013

By Mark Hofmann

Charges have been filed with District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr. against a South Connellsville woman who allegedly told police that she was raped, only to admit later she wasn't.

Sheena Anne Housel, 20, of 1425 S. Pittsburgh St. was charged with making a false report and incriminating another.

Police said on Aug. 25, Housel contacted the South Connellsville Police to report that she was raped.

She told police she and a man known to her were standing on her porch when they decided to go inside and watch a movie in her living room on Aug. 24.

She said he inappropriately touched her and that she tried to get away and scream but the man punched her in the side and covered her mouth before they had sex. She said the man left around midnight.

The police informed Housel that she would have to be taken to Highlands Hospital to have a rape kit performed. Housel agreed.

When police arrived to take her to the hospital and gather her clothing, she was with a person described as her boyfriend. She said she had consented to the sex.

A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.


I Have a Dream


Click to listen
By Janice Bellucci

Sorry for the all caps, but this is how it was typed and we do not have time to go through and fix everything.

I AM HAPPY TO JOIN YOU TONIGHT IN AN EVENING OF CONSEQUENCE. AN EVENING THAT MAY GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS A TURNING POINT IN A CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT DEDICATED TO RESTORING JUSTICE FOR ALL.

IN 1787, THE FOUNDERS OF OUR COUNTRY CREATED AND ADOPTED A CONSTITUTION WHICH ESTABLISHED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. FOUR YEARS LATER, THE FOUNDERS AMENDED THE CONSTITUTION BY ADDING PROTECTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS’ RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES. 10 AMENDMENTS KNOWN AS THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

BUT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED YEARS LATER, THE PROMISES OF THE CONSTITUTION AND OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS ARE BEING DENIED TO A GROUP OF CITIZENS WHO LANGUISH IN THE CORNERS OF SOCIETY AND FINDS THEMSELVES EXILED IN THEIR OWN LAND.

THAT GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS HAS BEEN LABELED BY SOME AS "SEX OFFENDERS". I SHALL HENCEFORTH REFER TO THEM AS "REGISTERED CITIZENS".

REGISTERED CITIZENS HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. THEY HAVE BROKEN A LAW. AND THEY HAVE PAID THEIR DEBT TO SOCIETY BY GOING TO PRISON OR SERVING TIME ON PROBATION.

DESPITE THE PAYMENT OF THEIR DEBTS TO SOCIETY, REGISTERED CITIZENS CONTINUE TO BE PUNISHED BY BEING DENIED JOBS, A HOME IN WHICH TO LIVE, CREDIT, ACCESS TO PARKS, BEACHES, AND LIBRARIES AS WELL EXILED FROM SOME OR ALL MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES.

SOME REGISTERED CITIZENS ARE UNEMPLOYED. SOME ARE HOMELESS. AND SOME ARE MURDERED BY VIGILANTES FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN THEIR LABEL. THIS IS PUNISHMENT!! DESPITE WHAT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT HAS RULED. THE REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER IS NOT THE SAME AS -- OR EVEN SIMILAR TO -- BECOMING A MEMBER OF COSTCO!

IN A SENSE WE HAVE COME TO THIS CONFERENCE IN L.A. TO CASH A CHECK. A PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED BY THE FOUNDERS OF THIS NATION.

IT IS OBVIOUS TODAY THAT AMERICA HAS DEFAULTED ON THIS PROMISSORY NOTE INSOFAR AS REGISTERED CITIZENS ARE CONCERNED. INSTEAD OF HONORING THE SACRED OBLIGATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION, AMERICA HAS GIVEN REGISTERED CITIZENS A BAD CHECK. A CHECK WHICH HAS BEEN RETURNED AND MARKED "INSUFFICIENT FUNDS".

BUT WE REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE BANK OF JUSTICE IN AMERICA IS BANKRUPT. WE REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE INSUFFICIENT FUNDS IN THE GREAT VAULTS OF OPPORTUNITY OF THIS NATION. SO WE HAVE COME TO L.A.. THE CITY WHICH CREATED THE NATION’S FIRST REGISTRY IN 1947. TO CASH THIS CHECK. A CHECK THAT WILL GIVE US THE RICHES AND SECURITY OF JUSTICE. WE HAVE ALSO COME TO REMIND AMERICA OF THE NEED TO ACT NOW.

IT WOULD BE UNCONSCIONABLE FOR THE NATION TO OVERLOOK THE URGENCY OF THE MOMENT WHEN CIVIL RIGHTS ARE DENIED AND CITIZENS SUCH AS CHARLES AND GRETCHEN PARKER ARE MURDERED BY VIGILANTES IN SOUTH CAROLINA LAST MONTH. THIS SWELTERING SUMMER OF THE REGISTERED CITIZEN’S LEGITIMATE DISCONTENT WILL NOT PASS UNTIL THERE IS AN INVIGORATING AUTUMN OF FREEDOM FOR REGISTERED CITIZENS. 2013 IS NOT AN END, BUT A BEGINNING.

TODAY THERE ARE MORE THAN 750,000 AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE BEING DENIED THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS EVERY DAY. 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR. THIS MUST STOP! NOW IS THE TIME TO LIFT OUR NATION FROM THE QUICK SANDS OF INJUSTICE TO THE SOLID ROCK OF JUSTICE. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE JUSTICE A REALITY FOR ALL CITIZENS. BUT WE CANNOT MOVE FORWARD ALONE.

INSTEAD, WE MUST INCLUDE OUR LOVED ONES. OUR PARENTS. OUR CHILDREN. OUR NIECES, NEPHEWS, AUNTS, UNCLES, NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. WHO WILL BE SERVE AS OBJECTIVE WITNESSES TO THE PLIGHT OF REGISTERED CITIZENS.

I AM MINDFUL THAT SOME OF YOU HAVE COME HERE FROM FARAWAY STATES. MARYLAND, MASSASCHUSETTS, FLORIDA. I AM ALSO MINDFUL THAT SOME OF YOU HAVE RECENTLY BEEN RELEASED FROM PRISON AND SOME OF YOU REMAIN ON PROBATION OR PAROLE.

GO BACK TO MARYLAND. GO BACK TO MASSACHUSETTS. GO BACK TO FLORIDA. GO BACK TO THE SLUMS WHERE SOME HOMELESS REGISTERED CITIZENS LIVE. KNOWING THAT SOMEHOW THIS SITUATION CAN AND WILL BE CHANGED.

I SAY TO YOU TONIGHT, FRIENDS, EVEN THOUGH WE FACE THE DIFFICULTIES OF TODAY AND TOMORROW, I HAVE A DREAM. IT IS A DREAM DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE AMERICAN DREAM.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY THIS NATION WILL RISE UP AND LIVE OUT FOR ALL CITIZENS THE TRUE MEANING OF ITS CREED, "WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE CREATED EQUAL."

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN THE PARKS OF MARYLAND REGISTERED CITIZENS CAN HAVE A FAMILY PICNIC.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN THE LIBRARIES OF NEW MEXICO REGISTERED CITIZENS CAN READ A BOOK.

I HAVE A DREAM.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA REGISTERED CITIZENS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER EMERGENCY SHELTERS WHEN A HURRICANE ARRIVES.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE REGISTERED CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH ALL THE MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES.

I HAVE A DREAM.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN THE STATE OF OHIO REGISTERED CITIZENS CAN CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN THEIR OWN HOMES WITHOUT FEAR OF ARREST.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA REGISTERED CITIZENS CAN LIVE IN ANY CITY OR COUNTY THEY WISH TO LIVE IN.

I HAVE A DREAM.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN AMERICA REGISTERED CITIZENS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO WEAR GPS MONITORS.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN AMERICA ARMED POLICE OFFICERS WILL NO LONGER SHOW UP ON THE DOORSTEPS OF REGISTERED CITIZENS.

I HAVE A DREAM.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY THE NAMES, PHOTOS AND HOME ADDRESSES OF REGISTERED CITIZENS WILL NO LONGER BE PUBLISHED ON THE INTERNET.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN AMERICA ELECTED OFFICIALS WILL NO LONGER PASS LAWS THAT DENY THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF REGISTERED CITIZENS IN ORDER TO INCREASE THEIR CHANCE OF RE-ELECTION.

I HAVE A DREAM.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY REGISTERED CITIZENS WILL NOT BE TREATED LIKE LEPERS AND WILL NOT BE PUBLICLY DISGRACED, HUMILIATED AND SHAMED.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN AMERICA REGISTERED CITIZENS WILL NOT BE HUNTED DOWN AND MURDERED BY VIGILANTES.

I HAVE A DREAM

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN AMERICA THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WILL RECOGNIZE THAT REGISTRATION IS A FORM OF PUNISHMENT.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN AMERICA REGISTERED CITIZENS WILL LIVE IN A NATION WHERE THEY WILL NOT BE JUDGED BY A MISTAKE THEY MADE DECADES AGO BUT BY THE CONTENT OF THEIR CURRENT CHARACTER AND ACTIONS.

THIS IS OUR HOPE. THIS IS THE FAITH WITH WHICH I WILL CONTINUE MY WORK TO RESTORE JUSTICE FOR REGISTERED CITIZENS. WITH THIS FAITH WE WILL BE ABLE TO HEW OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR A STONE OF HOPE.

THAT WILL BE THE DAY WHEN WE ALL WILL BE ABLE TO SING WITH A NEW MEANING, "MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE, SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY". AND IF AMERICA IS TO REMAIN A GREAT NATION THIS MUST BE TRUE.

SO LET JUSTICE RING FROM MOUNT RAINIER IN WASHINGTON STATE. LET JUSTICE RING FROM THE MISSIPPI RIVER IN LOUISIANA. LET JUSTICE RING FROM THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IN COLORADO. LET JUSTICE RING FROM THE BEACHES OF CALIFORNIA.

LET JUSTICE RING.

AND WHEN THESE THINGS HAPPEN, JUSTICE WILL RING. FROM EVERY VILLAGE AND HAMLET. FROM EVERY STATE AND CITY. AND THAT WILL IN TURN SPEED UP THE DAY WHEN ALL CITIZENS. REGISTERED AND UNREGISTERED. JOIN HANDS AND REPEAT TOGETHER THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THIS MOVEMENT TO LIVE AS CITIZENS. AS EXPRESSED CLEARLY IN THE LAST SIX WORDS OF OUR NATION’S PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. "WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL."

HOW DO WE GET THERE? BY SHOWING UP – STANDING UP – AND SPEAKING UP.

THANK YOU.


CA - Los Angeles Conference Successful, Informative, and Inspiring

Original Article

One video presentation is below, more are suppose to be posted online soon, when they are available, we will post them here.

09/04/2013

Written by Robin Vanderwall with personal comments from Lynn Gilmore

Advocates and supporters of reforming sex offender laws from throughout the nation converged on its second largest city over the Labor Day holiday weekend to participate in RSOL's sixth national conference, “Justice for All.” From the evening of Thursday, August 29, through the late morning of Sunday, September 1, the City of Angels played host to the living angels of a cause deeply rooted in the hope for justice and constitutional freedom for more than 700,000 American citizens who populate the country's myriad registration schemes from coast-to-coast.

Organized with increased involvement from the national administrative team under the direction of the conference planning committee, the Los Angeles conference proved a modest financial success and a tremendous organizational success owing largely to the hard work and determined efforts of Janice Bellucci along with the members of California RSOL. With close to 150 in attendance, the sixth annual conference holds the distinction of being the best attended RSOL event ever staged on the West coast.

Headlining the four-day-event were Alex Landon, a San Diego attorney specializing in criminal and civil rights law; attorney Catherine Carpenter, the Rosenberg professor of law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles; Dr. Suzonne Kline, an expert consultant to the Florida Action Committee, Caution Click: National Campaign for Reform, and the Missouri Citizens for Reform ; and Dr. Clare Ann Ruth-Heffelbower, the founding program director of COSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) at the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies of Fresno Pacific University.

Catherine Carpenter’s presentation, "Sexual Offense Laws and Constitutionality," was excellent and well received by everyone. One attendee reports that Dr. Clare Anne Ruth-Heffelbower's dynamic presentation “Restorative Justice and Sexual Offenders” illustrates how effective restorative justice can be in preventing re-offense. “I've known about COSA in Canada and the UK for some time (even mentioned it in my book) and think very highly of the program. I'd love to see more state chapters develop, or better yet, a national one!

In addition to the four wonderful keynote speakers, attendees were provided with an exhaustive schedule of break-out sessions covering a vast range of topics related to sex offender issues. There were many amazing and informative workshops and presenters.

Marking the end of the first full day of conference events, the Friday night dinner banquet featured a passionate portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s seminal "Dream" speech slightly revised and refashioned by Janice for the sake of the nation's newest most oppressed class of citizens: people of the registry.

One conference attendee described it this way: “I have to say, my number one favorite part was when, during the banquet dinner, Janice Bellucci, of CA-RSOL, read Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech (PDF), adapted to our reform movement."

The original version of that speech moves me to tears anyway, but to listen to Janice's version, I literally bawled like a baby, dabbing my gushing eyes with my dinner napkin. Listening to the speech really served to remind me why I have been an activist in this movement for so long and reminded me why I cannot ever give up, because I, too, have a dream."

I have been riding the energy from that powerful speech ever since! I feel energized and motivated and feel like my mojo is back! Thanks to all the organizers for a GREAT conference! Can't wait for next year!

​RSOL thanks everyone who worked so hard to make the conference a success. We thank CA RSOL for inviting the conference there. And we thank each of you who attended and hope that you each took away at least one thing that will be useful in our fight. Thank you all.

See Also:

Once Fallen - Sex Offender Mythbusters (Website)


MD - Registered sex offender beaten to death in Reservoir Hill

Bloody Murder
Original Article

09/04/2013

By Jayne Miller

BALTIMORE - The Labor Day weekend in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill ended with the beating of a 52-year-old man on the street in full daylight. The man -- who the 11 News I-Team has learned is a registered sex offender -- later died.
- Why does the news media also make it a point to point out someone who was murdered is a sex offender?  Are they doing it to attempt to justify / condone the murder, or to show that the sex offender registry is nothing more than an online hit-list?

A witness said an orange traffic cone was used as a weapon. The attackers seemed to be carrying out instant street justice with the target claiming he'd done nothing wrong, I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller said..

Police responded quickly to the scene around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of Lennox Street. Witnesses said they watched a group of people who were 16-24 years old chase down the man as he walked down the street.

Another witness, who chose not to give his name, had just returned to the neighborhood from a Labor Day cookout. He said the man was being accused of something by his attackers.

"A couple of guys was (sic) walking beside him, and they were asking him questions. I couldn't hear what they were asking him at first, and he was saying, 'I didn't do it, I didn't do it.' And the guy said, 'Yeah you did,'" the witness told 11 News.

Police confirmed the identity of the slain man as [name withheld]. The witness told 11 News that [name withheld]'s attackers were accusing him of assaulting a woman in the neighborhood.

"He was saying, 'You got the wrong person. I didn't do it.' So then the guys was (sic) walking beside him, and they started swinging on the guy, and I kind of politely, as a Christian person, said, 'You all leave him alone,' because he looked like he was a little intoxicated. So the guy hollered, 'No, we're not going to do that,'" the witness said.
- A Christian person, in our opinion, would've stepped in to help the man.

As many as 10 people were involved, Miller reported. The incident is an active homicide investigation that police said was captured on one of the city's crime cameras.

Police said they tried to resuscitate [name withheld] when they arrived at the scene. He died at a hospital.

[name withheld] just got out of jail a few days ago after pleading guilty to second-degree assault, Miller reported. The case that put him on the sex offender registry dates to 2003.