(Article changed on August 16, 2013 at 11:09)
Joshua Chellew Who?
Victim of Black Gangbangers Is Posthumous Rightwing Propaganda Tool
By William Boardman Reader Supported News (RSN)
[Consumer warning: when you see the rightwing trope about Joshua Heath Chellew, you are experiencing dishonest discourse intent on misinforming and misleading you, in this case for the sake of racism.]
Propaganda provocation from the right. by [savingourfuture.com]
This Example of Rightwing Intellectual Dishonesty Starts With a Death
The story began, according to news reports and arrest warrants, after 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, when Joshua Chellew, 36, an unmarried, redheaded white man stopped at a Chevron station in Mableton, Georgia, where he lives. According to the 19-year-old woman who was waiting in Chellew's car, he went into the gas station to get something. When he came out he met up with four young black men, ages 18 and 19, the witness said:
"He was coming outside of the store talking to himself like he always does and one of them asked him what he was talking about". I don't know them and have never seen them before". They were hanging out by the gas station, getting gas."
Whatever was said, the four young black men attacked Chellew, hitting him with their fists but not weapons, driving him into the five-lane road, where he fell, apparently unconscious, into a traffic lane. The four men left him there and, moments later, a car hit him and drove on.
The young woman who was waiting for Chellew said the entire incident took less than two minutes. She said that when she went to him, "He was unconscious after he got hit by the car and he was taking his last breath when I got to him". He was a good person, one of them funny, outgoing kind of people."
Attackers Arrested and Jailed Within Three Days
After police arrived, Chellew was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. That Sunday afternoon the first police press release described the event as "a pedestrian struck by a vehicle" and killed. The release mentioned the missing driver, but not the four men.
By 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, police had three of four suspects in custody. The fourth turned himself in soon thereafter. The hit-an-run driver also turned himself in and was not charged. The four suspects, also all from Mableton, are being held without bail on charges that include Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act, Aggravated Assault, and Felony Murder.
The Marietta Daily Journal reported the Sunday morning attack and the arrests the next day, Wednesday, July 3. The case remained "active and ongoing" as of July 22, according to the Cobb County Police Dept.
Also on July 3 the local NBC-TV station talked to Chellew's aunt, Cindy Standard, who described him as a sweet man who worked in landscaping and liked to write music and never hurt anyone. She said, "He was a beautiful person who had a lot of life to live and he didn't deserve that. Nobody deserves that."