On a Serious Note

 

I try and keep these blogs light, happy and optimistic. Perhaps make you smile or laugh or just give you a few minutes of escapism and leave you feeling a little more positive.

However, sometimes I have a hard time doing that.

Today is one of those days.

This is where it started.

 
 

I arrived as the chanting began. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, as going into the courthouse you’re not allowed any camera equipment inside. However, it was still something to stand there and witness the anger and frustration coming from these people.

And rightfully so.

The Dafonte Miller case is one I’ve been following for a month or so now. It’s a little bit out of the jurisdiction of The Oshawa Express, as it happened in Whitby, but it does involve the Durham Regional Police, and it’s an issue that (in my mind) needs all the coverage it can get.

I’m not going to get into the details here, you can read my stories in The Oshawa Express if you want more. (HERE,  HERE and HERE)

I just want to be open here and say that this case weighed on me today. It hung over me all day like a thick blanket. The fact that someone could (allegedly) do that to another person, a young kid, just makes me want to shake my head and leaves me with a sick feeling in my stomach.

I know he’s not the first and some people count Dafonte lucky that he left with his life, there’s been many who didn’t. I’m not taking away from those issues.

I’m simply noting that as a reporter, a writer and a human, it’s hard to think about how terrible some people can be, and still remain completely positive.

Yet, tomorrow is another day, and I hope to resume with our regularly scheduled (hopefully cheery, story-filled) blog.

Perhaps I’ll write about M, that always cheers me up.

Until then, thanks for reading,

J.J.W.