- Areva Martin: Anyone with a scintilla of familiarity with African-American communities knows that we want killers arrested no matter what their race
- It's simply about justice, she writes
Areva Martin is a CNN legal analyst, a civil rights attorney and managing partner of Martin & Martin LLP in Los Angeles. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Prowling the streets of Cleveland, 37-year-old Steve Stephens was on a mission that was utterly insane. "Found me somebody I'm going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude," he said as he stepped out of his vehicle. In the moments that followed, Stephens would ask 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. to say the name of a woman he knew, and when the former foundry worker failed to do so, he said, "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you." Then Stephens savagely shot him to death.