I am always concerned with the media spinning a story in a direction for dramatic effect as opposed to the reality of the event. It is for this reason that when I was approached by KHOU that I did not want to be interviewed on camera because of concerns of how the story would be played.
I did not want to appear as a whiner, a victim, or a media hog. I did want the video in the public domain as the best disinfectant for evil is exposure and transparency. That said I am very happy with Reporter Rucks Russell description of the event and his humane expansion of its coverage.
Some have wanted to portray this event lightly.That is sad because this was no basic prank. This person wanted to send a message and based on some emails I have received with quotes from sites around town, a few hate snail mails, other events I need not mention, I am sure most would have reacted much more effortful than I did.
Kingwood: Democratic activist thinks fireworks attack was politically motivated
by KHOU.com staff
Posted on January 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM Updated today at 11:21 PM
HOUSTON – The president of the Kingwood-Area Democrats says his home was targeted in a fireworks attack on New Year’s Day.
Egberto Willies said surveillance video caught the attacker walking up and setting off a two-foot rocket, causing an alarming display in front of Willies’ home.
No one inside was hurt, but a squirrel was killed.
Willies said he believes the attack could be politically motivated.
Neighbors of the victim reacted strongly when shown video of the prank.
“It’s really quiet out here with my dog and my two kids,” said Ricardo Baca. “You really don’t expect something like that to happen.”
Some homeowners were troubled by the incident.
“That was personal property,” said Michelle Smith. “It seemed hateful and the person seemed older to me.”
Other residents said Kingwood shouldn’t tolerate such acts.
“I’m very shocked,” said Shanna James. “I can’t believe someone would do something like that.”