Tip took the stand earlier this morning at the Hamilton County Court in Cincinnati as a witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of Hosea Thomas, the man accused of shooting his childhood friend Philant Johnson to death in May of 2006. He told the court that he felt like the bullets that killed his friend were meant for him and he described what happened inside the van he was riding in during the shootout between Thomas and his camp.
T.I. says he took cover in a van when it was struck by bullets during the chase. He described seeing his friend after their van pulled over. He said Johnson was lying lifeless, blood running down his face from a shot into his left temple.
Padron Thomas, 40, told officials he was driving the Jeep as his brother, Hosea, fired the shots at the vans. At least one member of T.I.’s crew returned fire.
In exchange for Padron Thomas’ testimony against his brother, prosecutors have agreed to drop murder charges against him, allow him to plead guilty to manslaughter and have any sentence he receives in the case to run at the same time as a federal prison sentence.
So apparently, some people read my last post about this trial and somehow got the idea that I was in one way or another promoting the “Stop Snitching” agenda because of my disgust over Padron’s deal with the DA. That is certainly not the case. The fact of the matter is, every single situation is different and if you put aside your own personal feelings and analyze this particular case you’ll see examples of both sides to the argument. It’s my personal opinion that a blanket stance on the matter either way is irresponsible. If you feel that every citizen should cooperate with law enforcement in every situation, no matter what, then in my opinion you are severely naive and misinformed. At the same time, the idea that nobody should ever talk to the cops under any circumstances, no matter what, is absurd.
Two things to keep in mind when considering the subject of “snitching”:
Civilians don’t adhere to the same rules as people operating on the other side of the law, and vice versa.
All law enforcement officers and organizations do not have your best interest at heart.
That is all.
Related reading: Snitch: Informants, Cooperators, and the Corruption of Justice