“That’s Another Piece Of Trash Off The Streets!”

“The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the streets. I’m sorry but I’m 62 years old. I’m not going to take a bunch of punks beating me up.”

James Means

“The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the streets.”

 

On Monday November 21st, 62 year old William Pullman shot and killed a 15 year old Black youth James Means. He shot him twice in the abdomen, went home and had dinner, then hung out at a friend’s home.

Pullman didn’t know James Means. The two accidentally bumped into each other outside a Dollar General store in Charleston, West Virginia and had words. After Pullman left the store, the two had words again and Pullman shot Means dead. Pullman claimed James “flashed a gun at him.” There was no gun. He said, “I felt my life was in danger.” There was no physical confrontation. He later told investigators, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the streets. I’m sorry but I’m 62 years old. I’m not going to take a bunch of punks beating me up.”

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William Pullman wasn’t supposed to have a gun. An earlier Domestic Violence convection barred him from owning one. On another occasion, he’d had a verbal altercation with a Hispanic youth. Police told the youth to avoid Pullman.

James Means family said he’d, “light up a room, even on the darkest of days.” It’s now a dark day because James is gone. James was in a group for at risk children called Dream Chasers. He wanted to be a mechanic. His dream is permanently deferred.

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Federal investigators are looking to see if there is evidence Pullman can be charged with a hate crime. At his arraignment when he heard he’d be held without bail until trial. Pullman said, “I’m going to lose my job and everything.” Just for taking out the trash…

Author: enigmainblackcom

William Spivey is a regular contributor to the Inner-City News where he writes about politics and popular culture. He also blogs as “Enigma in Black” where he explores poetry, religion, politics and all manner of things socially relevant. He is also a contributing Blogger at Together We Stand He is the founder of the Facebook pages Average Citizen Forum, Enigma in Black, and “Strong Beginnings,” the title of his soon to be released Political Fiction/Romance novel. William was the winner of a University-wide Essay Contest while at Fisk University titled, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Fisk and resides in Orlando, FL. His goal is to make his voice heard and make a difference.

7 thoughts on ““That’s Another Piece Of Trash Off The Streets!””

  1. James Means did absolutely nothing wrong. William Pullman did so, so many things wrong. Having a gun when he wasn’t allowed, using that gun to kill an innocent young person. Pullman’s worst wrong– his hateful racism.

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