Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vigilante Justice: Police Arrest Men Who Held Neighbors At Gunpoint

Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that police have arrested Robert and Brandon Canoles and charged them with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and trespass. Last week, the Canoleses held Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji -- their new neighbors -- at gunpoint, mistakenly believing that they were burglarizing a home they had just purchased.

According to Jean-Joseph, Robert Canoles threatened to shoot him if he continued to speak. Jean-Joseph says that he was merely trying to explain that he and his wife owned the property.

Robert Canoles called the Newton County Sheriffs Department, but when officers arrived, they arrested the Kalonjis for loitering and prowling. Jean-Joseph Kalonji says he told officers to confirm the home purchase with his son, but the police refused to do so.  Robert Canoles said that officers complemented him and told him that he did the right thing.

Robert Canoles
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Brandon Canoles
 Atlanta Journal Constitution
Once the police finally discovered their mistake, they released the Kalonjis. Yesterday, as news of a potential arrest emerged, Robert Canoles defended himself and his son, claiming that he had a Second Amendment right to detain the Kalonjis.

Although it is unclear whether race motivated the Canoleses, it is also difficult to ignore the fact that the Kalonjis are an interracial immigrant couple, and the Canoleses are white rural southerners who have invoked the Constitution as a justification for violent behavior. Robert Canoles said that in his part of the country, "people defend their own." Regardless of race, this behavior is abhorrent. It is also not protected by the Constitution.

UPDATE: The Newton County Sheriffs Department should also investigate the conduct of the arresting officer. Not only did the officer arrest an innocent couple, if Robert Canoles is telling the truth, he or she also complimented two persons who clearly commented a very dangerous crime!

See also:

White Man Who Held Interracial Couple At Gunpoint Invokes Second Amendment To Justify Actions (UPDATE)

Armed Thugs Force Interracial Couple From Their Home; Cops Arrest Couple!

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