Every now and then there will be a headline that seems to portend a serious assault on the clean living, innocent and well-meaning people of the CSRA.
Then comes the rest of the story.
Such was the case in the recent death of 40-year-old Quincy Bernard Brigham. An incredibly popular fellow, we hear. When word of his murder by gunfire in Beech Island hit the streets, there was almost universal mourning. But there was not a lot of mystery as to why he was killed, as the Jail Report told us:
“Preliminary information from the investigation revealed that the shooting has indicators that it is drug-related….
Brigham has at least two felony drug convictions in Richmond County and was given probation in both cases. He was convicted of dealing cocaine in 2006 and was sentenced to eight years of probation. In 2013, Brigham was charged with trafficking cocaine and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in return for a sentence of 12 years of probation.”
If there is any doubt as to what he was up to, check out his many social media posts, including the picture attached to this column. Brigham doesn’t appear to be hiding his vocation, he appears to be showing it off.
A few years back on Thanksgiving weekend, word hit that not one, but two teenagers from Aiken County had been struck down in the prime of their promise-filled life by some horrible, nasty evil that no doubt was supernatural in its malevolence.
Was it Jack The Ripper, or perhaps The Boston Strangler reborn? A Son-of-Sam psychopath on rampage, or perhaps a cult of freaks reminiscent of Charles Manson and the orgy of death his followers staged on unsuspecting Los Angeles suburbanites?
It was a drug deal gone bad.
The two victims?
Suspected drug mules with criminal records driving a pimped out Cadillac Escalade. While cruising at 2:30 in the morning near the corner of Laney Walker Blvd. and Twiggs St., authorities believe they ran afoul of either their intended customers, their own associates or their competitors.
Theoretically, as cool as it would be for all of our local undocumented pharmaceutical distributors to methodically take each other out, it is far too impractical and too dangerous (too many innocent bystanders at risk) to seriously consider.
Besides, the day the “last thug” was left standing, we wouldn’t know whether to execute him or throw him a parade.
The American death toll from drug related crimes in the last 20 years far outnumbers those killed in any terrorist attack or even any of our recent wars. You would think such a problem would generate headlines every single day and non-stop citizen demonstrations as the body bags pile up.
But not so much.
Drugs dealers are not being vilified these days, but cops are sure catching Hell.
We have a small but loud chorus of folks in this country who want to blame law enforcement officials for what they believe is some maniacal plot to kill unsuspecting criminals, and occasionally innocent citizens, as they perform their daily patrols.
No doubt recent cases in Chicago and Charleston have shown us outrageous examples of police brutality and, yes, “murder by cop” that demand harsh and exact justice. Here’s to hoping those convicted in these cases get the federal death penalty.
But wake up to the real problem, people. By my count, law officers are being outpaced by drug dealers targeting other dealers (and innocents on occasion) when it comes to out and out “murder” by clip of well over 300 to 1.
So lets keep things in perspective, shall we?