Melvin Spaulding Won't Face
by Nicki Fellenzer
December 17, 2003
KeepAndBearArms.com -- This
afternoon I received some great news. I learned that the Pinellas County,
Florida State Attorney's office will not file charges against the 71-year-old
St. Petersburg man, who shot one of the thugs who was attacking his 63-year-old
friend and neighbor. Melvin Spaulding graciously called my home to give me
the good news and thank me and
KeepAndBearArms.com for taking action on his behalf. The prosecutor
would not pursue the case, and Mr. Spaulding had his gun returned to him.
This news will come to the relief
of dozens of people who, after having read my
initial action alert about
Mr. Spaulding's plight, contacted the authorities on Mr. Spaulding's behalf,
urging that no charges be filed against this brave, kind man. Many
contacted me personally, informing me that they had placed telephone calls to
not only the State Attorney's office, but the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
as well. Others forwarded me copies of communications they sent to the
authorities. These ranged from angry to pleading, but all echoed the same
theme: Melvin Spaulding is a hero, who did what he had to do to save
his friend's life. He should not be charged.
"Anyone who believes that he
should be charged with any crime, should suffer the same plight as Mr. Lowe,
while the public stands around and watches. (after calling 911, of course) Are
we to believe that we are powerless to assist victims of violent crime because
the only power and authority rests with the State? I think not. We still live
in a nation of 'We the People'," said one email on December 10.
concern is for the chilling effect that Melvin's predicament (arresting him for
attempted murder and then holding him without bail until another judge could
review the case) has on other honest citizens' ability to defend themselves. The
sheriff's spokesman recommending that 'using a gun is the wrong way to respond
to violence, he should have called 911' is part of the political agenda that
disarms the populace making us dependent on (and subject to) the government
police," stated another.
"Mr. Spaulding did what any person with a conscience would do - and came to
the rescue of another person. This act should be admired, not punished,"
asserted a third.
And yet another opined, "The
law enforcement community failed to protect George Lowe and wants to punish the
only man who made an effort to. The 'justice system' is becoming just 'the
System.' Only if we let it. An email to Sheriff Rice and a letter to the CID
are on the way."
The outpouring of support for Mr.
Spaulding was heartening. He is convinced that had he not taken urgent and
immediate action, his friend would have been fatally injured. He did what
he had to do to save George Lowe, and Mr. Lowe has been vocal in his gratitude
and his relief that his friend won't face charges for defending his life.
"I think that's excellent,"
Lowe told the St. Petersburg Times. "I think that's the greatest thing
they could have done."
Meanwhile, according to the
report, the State Attorney's Office could be filing misdemeanor battery charges
against the three men who allegedly attacked Mr. Lowe.