Marcus McCowan Jr. is an 18 year old who was in an Odessa, TX hospital with his girlfriend, who was in labor. This “teen” entered the nursery and tried to choke and shake several babies to death. He attacked a new mother, several staff members, and attempted to take an arriving police officer’s gun. Drugs were found in his possession.

Those actions are enough to get a mention here. However, there is more to the story. The “teen,” you will note, is a “jr.” and has a father of the same name, who was in the news a few years ago, having lost an appeal to the Fifth circuit after being arrested. Let’s let the case speak for itself:

On October 13, 2004, police obtained a search warrant for the house and an arrest warrant for its occupants…Upon entering the dwelling in execution of the warrant, the officers encountered Heather Wilson, who informed them that McCowan resided there. The officers found two handguns in the living room, a.45 caliber handgun found under a couch and a.380 caliber handgun, with the serial number obliterated, found underneath a smaller couch…Beside the .380, approximately six to eight inches away, was a baggie of marijuana… They gave [McCowan] Miranda warnings and began to question him. He gave them a statement in which he admitted: (1) he and Love resided at the house; (2) the handgun in question belonged to his mother; (3) he kept the handgun at the house for protection; (4) he knew its serial number had been filed off; (5) he knew that possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number was unlawful; and (6) he thought the firearm probably had been stolen.

He lost the appeal. It seems that this particular apple didn’t fall very far from this particular tree, which just happened to be located in the orchard that seems to be incapable of living in accordance with the law.

But hey, Cassandra, these two just happen to be two more of what you call “a small subset of violent black males that disproportionately commit violent crimes.”

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Hopey North Venezuela Change · October 12, 2022 at 4:29 pm

Family works at a local religious hospital that had wide open patient wards where anyone could walk in.
This was changed after a gang attacked a recovering member of a rival gang.

Chris · October 12, 2022 at 5:05 pm

SOS, different day.
This shits gettin old

Exile1981 · October 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

He went out of his way to attack certain babies. I suspect the lack of info on the pattern speaks to what it was.

21stCenturyCassandra · October 12, 2022 at 8:35 pm

Piss off, Divemedic. You are a hypocrite.

    Divemedic · October 13, 2022 at 5:57 am

    I normally don’t approve comments that are personal attacks. I also told you that I expect you to support your argument and accusations of racism with evidence, which you haven’t done. That’s why I’m allowing this comment of yours. It’s a perfect illustration of how weak arguments get supported- with strawman arguments and ad hominem attacks.

    It’s intellectually dishonest, and screaming “racism” at any evidence that one finds inconvenient is a tool of the intellectually lazy and weak minded. Come back when you have an argument that is more nuanced and intellectual than name calling and “nuh uhh”

      21stCenturyCassandra · October 14, 2022 at 3:49 am

      The Washington Post shredded the 1/3 of black men will spend time in prison claim.
      The stale statistic that one in three black males ‘born today’ will end up in jail (June 16, 2015)

      You cited this, a one pager which cites no sources to back up its claims.
      Criminal Justice Facts
      Our criminal justice system today is like a bicycle stuck in one gear: the prison gear.

      The Sentencing Project actually issued 2 reports on this topic, but maybe you didn’t have time to read them.

      Addressing Racial Disparities in Incarceration (2011) (pdf alert)

      Report of The Sentencing Project to the United Nations Human Rights CommitteeRegarding Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System
      August 2013 (pdf alert)

      You said:

      But hey, Cassandra, these two just happen to be two more of what you call “a small subset of violent black males that disproportionately commit violent crimes.”

      Yeah, no ad hominem there. SMH. Stuff like this is why I called you a hypocrite. And you edited a previous post (at least you had the honesty to edit the title to say it was edited) to add ANOTHER personal attack on me.

      Predictable, edited

      Cassandra in comments claims that this is a small subset of blacks, yet has not yet provided one shred of evidence to support that claim. I wouldn’t call one third being a “small subset.” He might as well claim that there is one black male committing every crime, for all of the evidence he has provided. That man’s name is Sum Dood.

      Yep, DiveMedic with another ad hominem.

      What is sad and pathetic is that you didn’t even read your own source that you cited. You claimed, in error, that “The Sentencing Project estimated in 2001 that the likelihood of a Black man spending time behind bars in their lifetime was 1 in 3.” That isn’t what your own source said. It said, “Lifetime Likelihood of Imprisonment for U.S. Residents Born in 2001”. Little bit of a difference, doncha’ think? Even if you had quoted the source correctly, it would still not show anything. Your claim for a source 21 years ago is not relevant to the facts on the ground today.

      From the actual report that the Sentencing Project based their estimate on:
      Prisoners in 2001 (July 2002)
      Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice

      • At yearend 2000, 49% of State
      prisoners were serving time for violent
      offenses, up from 46% in 1990
      • Violent offenders accounted for 55%
      of the increase among male inmates
      and 33% of the increase among
      female inmates.
      • Among the more than 1.3 million
      sentenced inmates at yearend 2001,
      an estimated 441,700 were black
      males between the ages of 20 and 39.
      At yearend 2001, 10.0% of black
      males age 25 to 29 were in prison
      compared to 2.9% of Hispanic males
      and 1.2% of white males in the same
      age group.

      From the 2003 BJS report
      Prevalence of Imprisonment in the U.S. Population, 1974-2001 (August 2003)
      Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice

      The rate of ever having gone to prison
      among adult black males (16.6%)

      was over twice as high as among adult
      Hispanic males (7.7%) and over 6
      times as high as among adult white
      males (2.6%).

      An estimated 22% of black males
      ages 35 to 44 in 2001 had ever been
      confined in State or Federal prison
      compared to 10.0% of Hispanic males
      and 3.5% of white males in the same
      age group.

      • About 1 in 3 black males
      (this is the claim the Sentencing Project,
      and you, were too lazy to properly cite), 1 in 6
      Hispanic males, and 1 in 17 white
      males are expected to go to prison
      during their lifetime, if current incarceration
      rates remain unchanged

      The problem for their claim (other than being based on 20 year old stats), is that the incarceration rate did NOT stay the same.

      Prisoners in 2020 – Statistical Tables

      From 2010 to 2020, the sentenced imprisonment
      rate for U.S. residents fell 37% among blacks
      32% among Hispanics; 32% among Asians,
      Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders;
      26% among whites; and 25% among American
      Indians and Alaska Natives.

      Forty-three percent of black males and 42% of
      Hispanic males in prison in 2020 were ages 18 to 34,
      (there is your subset)
      compared to 39% of American Indian and Alaska
      Native males; 36% of Asian, Native Hawaiian,
      and Other Pacific Islander males; and 32% of
      white males.

      And when you take into account that only about half of prison inmates are incarcerated for violent crimes the 1/3 lifetime rate for black men spending time in prison that The Sentencing Project projected isn’t even close. Accounting for the 37% decrease in imprisonment rate for black men, and that about half are jailed for violent crimes, the lifetime likelihood for black men to be jailed for violent crimes is much closer to 10% than the 1/3 you incorrectly claimed. Yes, that’s still too high, and far higher than the rate for white men, but it refutes your 1 in 3 claim conclusively. I guess “Sum Dood” hasn’t been as busy as you thought he was.

      Disagree? Think I’m wrong? Ok. Review the actual data I cite here and show me where I’m wrong. I’ll be waiting.

      (Blog owner’s note: Since he doesn’t know how to embed links, I did do a little editing to make his comments more readable, but I edited his comments for format, not content- Divemedic)

        BFYTW · October 14, 2022 at 1:18 pm

        “Lifetime Likelihood of Imprisonment for U.S. Residents Born in 2001”. yeah, and the graphic accompanying that section of the report broke it down further and shows 1 in 3 Black men and 1 in 6 Latinos. SMH. but what can you expect from someone who doesn’t know what ad hominem means.

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