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Posted by Derrick D. Blassingame
Former Cincinnati Ciy Councilmember Sam Malone was found not guilty this afternoon of domestic violence. Malone was charged with domestic violence in May 2005 for allegdely beating his son with a belt. Hamilton County Judge Russell Mock said “based upon the evidence, the case didn’t fit the legal description of domestic violence.”
Although Sam Malone was not re-elected to city council, this victory may add to Malone’s political career. Republicans are known to be the “moral” party with ideals and beliefs that usually sounds good but in many cases is another political diatribe to win over voters.
Judge Mock stated to Malone “Sir, if you’re ever going to stop a circle of violence in our community, I suggest you might want to think about this.” Think about what? Disciplining your kids or was Judge Mock somehow saving himself a headache during the next campaign?
Judge Mock made the right decision. Malone never “beat” his son as some accuse him of, nor is he a bad father. We live in a time when many teenagers are running the streets with violence. Perhaps if more Blacks (and other races) would discipline their children, we wouldn’t have such high juvenile crime rates and kids and teens will have a better chance of becoming productive citizens.
Malone told Channel 9’s Bill Price that there must be a “culture difference” between himself and the judge.
In the Black community, discipline is a must. In the white community, talk is cheap. The differences in how races choose to discipline their children is debatable and no establishment should define discipline. We know what abuse is and today we found out that Sam Malone is not guilty of either. Sam Malone’s stern discipline of his son was done in love and to suggest otherwise is absurd. I have known Sam Malone for a long time and I have seen him interact with his son and other teenagers like him and I find him to be one hell of a role model. Firm discipline is required when kids step out of line. I guess he could have been a lazy parent and allowed his son to continue to “act out” and become involved with the authorities or wait for another Columbine to take place. But Malone took another route, one that many other parents may want to follow.
To highlight comments made by Sam Malone after the judges decision;
“To me, it’s my duty, my responsibility to make sure I equip my son with the tools [to succeed]. If he drops the tools, it’s my responsibility to pick those tools up for him,” Malone told the media after the ruling.”
Coming Up: Sam Malone & Kids Helping Kids
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