No jail time for CVS fire hose cutter?
I read in The Sun that Gregory Lee Butler, who punctured a fire hose as firefighters were trying to extinguish the CVS pharmacy fire during the Baltimore riots, will get no prison time (“Man who punctured fire hose during Baltimore riot gets 3 years federal probation,” Nov. 3). This pharmacy was the life blood of the community for prescriptions, medical advising, and household needs.
Mr. Butler received three years of federal supervision and 250 hours of community service and is required to pay $1 million in restitution.
I could only think, after reading this article, what if a black church was burning and a white man cut the fire hose? Would he have received the same sentence?
This sentence now sets a precedent for future vandals that jail time is a thing of the past.