Grieving dad Dwayne Smith is living out every parent’s worst nightmare. His three-year-old daughter Jamila died as the result of child abuse she endured at the hands of her mother and her mother’s new boyfriend, a man named Clifford Thomas.
Thomas was recently convicted of the crime and sentenced to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter and one to two years for resisting a police officer.
Also convicted was the child’s mother, Jasmine Gordon, who received the same 15-year sentence along with 25 years for first degree child abuse, reports Opposing Views.
Jamila was rushed to a hospital in September, 2014, with bruises about her chest and head “consistent with abuse,” which led police to rule the death a homicide.
When Smith received the opportunity to make a victim impact statement at sentencing, he decided to ditch the words and go with actions instead.
You don’t have to watch very much of this video to see what happens next.
As you can see, Dwayne Smith was able to get in a clean attack on Thomas before security officers stepped in and pulled them apart. He was later forbidden from the courtroom.
As Gordon processes the violence that has just occurred against her boyfriend, she can be seen and heard breaking into sobs and repeating, “Jesus! Jesus!” several times before the footage fades to black.
For John McWilliams, her attorney, it was “pretty scary.”
“I’m glad nobody was seriously hurt,” he added in comments to the Detroit Free Press.
And someone could very well have been hurt in a situation like this.
In fact, one case in which a child was kidnapped and sexually abused by his karate instructor ended in a now famous video on YouTube in which the distraught father waited for the man’s plane to arrive after he was extradited for the crime.
As prisoner Jeff Doucet was walked through the airport and passed by a pay phone, you can see father Gary Plauche raise a pistol and fire once into the side of Doucet’s head. He died the next day.
Plauche was arrested for the crime, but got off with five years probation. He died from complications of a stroke in 2014.
Not surprisingly, no charges were filed against Dwayne Smith for this attack against his daughter’s killer as the judge refused to pursue contempt charges and Thomas chose not to file.
For more from the Smith attack, DFP has a longer and more involved video showing the aftermath. You can watch it here. Here’s a NSFW video of the Doucet killing and a bit more on that story.
(More graphic footage can be seen in the “shockumentary” film Traces of Death.)
Do you think men like Plauche and Dwayne Smith should be given a pass or treated with more leniency on acts of violence against perpetrators of violent crimes committed against their loved ones? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image via courtroom footage, screen grab, linked above]