Will there be criminal charges in the case of the Cincinnati Zoo mom and dad? As reported by the Inquisitr, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson ended up getting plenty of online hate after they were revealed as the parents of the 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. In fact, not only did Michelle receive lots of heated comments online, even the wrong Gregg’s Facebook page got bad comments.
After Cincinnati Zoo officials decided that Harambe had to be killed to save the life of the little boy, some folks went so far as to issue death threats online to the parents.
Now, the calls for justice will be answered — but there is no telling how that justice will be meted out. Whereas some people view the incident as an unfortunate accident that occurred at the zoo, others were calling for the parents to face criminal charges in the death of Harambe.
As reported by Us Weekly, the answer to that question will be revealed on Monday, June 6. That is the day that the prosecutor in the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla death case will let the public know if they will go after the parents in the death of Harambe.
The debate raged online, with those who feel the parents should indeed face criminal charges going up against those who view the whole thing as an unfortunate accident.
Joe Deters is the name of the Hamilton County Prosecutor who will announce his decision via a news conference on Monday, as reported by WHIO. The investigation has been completed in the tragic death of the gorilla, which happened on May 28, and spread worldwide via a viral video.
Whatever decision is reached in the case of the gorilla death, there will likely be supporters on either side of the issue that indeed take issue with the final decision. Harambe was a beloved gorilla who had lived for 17 years prior to being killed. Those who believe that Michelle and Deonne should face criminal charges claim that the parents should have been watching their son closely so that he would not have fallen into the moat with the gorilla. Some supporters also claim that the gorilla should not have been killed, saying Harambe seemed to have been actively protectively with the boy.
Others realize the danger that the gorilla represented to the little boy, knowing that Harambe could have unintentionally hurt the boy due to the gorilla’s sheer size.
Gregg defended herself in a now-deleted Facebook post, as reported by Us Weekly.
“As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids.”
In spite of all the backlash from Harambe supporters, Cincinnati Zoo officials noted that killing Harambe was their only choice in making sure the little boy lived. At more than 400 pounds, the gorilla might have accidentally harmed the boy if he had been tranquilized and began acting erratically.
On social media, reactions to the fact that the parents could face criminal charges include heated responses.
“I only caught glimpses of this while at work the other day and saw the gorilla grab the child and took off. And my heart sank… I didn’t know it was a 3-year-old boy that was tossed around like a doll. Now the parents supposedly face criminal charges?! How about the zoo!? Since they failed to provide an enclosure that NO ONE could fall into? And now a precious Silverback gorilla was shot.”
[Photo by AP Photo/Petr David Josek]