Video of pro-football running back Ray Rice punching out his wife, who was his fiancée at the time, in an Atlantic City casino elevator has gone viral.
The footage is brutal, and it has rocked the nation and put the spotlight on the Baltimore Ravens organization, the National Football League, and the New Jersey Justice system, all of whom appeared to let Rice off the hook with a proverbially slap on the wrist until TMZ released the video to the public this past Monday.
To you give one an idea, before the video was released Rice received no real disciplinary action from the Ravens, a measly two-game suspension from the NFL, and mandatory counseling and probation from the justice system.
Now, following the release of the video, the Ravens cut ties with Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. As for the New Jersey prosecutors who handled Rice’s case and admitted him into New Jersey’s pre-trial intervention program, which allowed him to avoid jail time, they’ve got some explaining to do — not just about Ray Rice, but about they way in which they enforce the law.
See, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain is the man responsible for signing off on Rice’s punishment (or lack thereof). He is also the same individual that is steadfastly attempting to put a 27-year-old mother of two behind bars for accidentally carrying her firearm into the Garden State, as Examiner.com reported.
That mother is Shaneen Allen, a Pennsylvania resident with a valid concealed carry permit. Last October, Allen was driving in New Jersey when she was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. During her interactions with the officer, she thought she was doing the right thing by informing him that she was a licensed CCW holder.
Since New Jersey has insanely tough gun laws that do not recognize Pennsylvania concealed carry permits, Allen was arrested.
McClain could have acknowledged that Ms. Allen made an honest mistake and enrolled her into the same pre-trail intervention program that he put Ray Rice into. But he refused. Instead, he is pursuing felony gun charges against her which carry a mandatory minimum sentence of three years.