FL: Relatives of Dead Teen Burglar Defend his Actions

By Dean Weingarten

Trevon Slick Johnson, FL Shot Dead while robbing a home, 2016
Trevon Slick Johnson, FL Shot Dead while robbing a home, 2016
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- It is common for the relatives of young criminals to find ways to justify their criminal actions, while at the same time criticizing as illegitimate, the actions of the person who shot them.  We see a clear example of this in the shooting of 17-year-old Trevon Slick Johnson in Florida, 10 March, at about 5:30 p.m.

The 54-year-old homeowner had been repeatedly burglarized.  She was alerted by the alarm system that she had installed.  Police say the woman shot the young burglar after a confrontation outside the home.  She observed him crawling out of a window before he was shot.  Police arrived seconds after the shooting.  Here are some of the words of young Trevon’s relatives. From cbslocal.com:

“What’s wrong with her,” asked Johnson’s sister Nisha Johnson. “She did not have to shoot him.”

“It’s no reason she should have waited until I think he walked out the yard to try to shoot him,” said Harris. “If she called the police already why would she shoot him?”

Relatives said they don’t believe Johnson stole anything from the home but detectives would not confirm that.

“You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” said Harris. “You have to understand… how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.”

Is it bad that a young man was killed in the middle of a burglary?  Yes, it is bad.  I know someone who committed a burglary in high school.  He was caught, returned the property, was frightened of the consequences, and became a productive and upstanding citizen.  I think that people can turn their lives around at 17.  But the attitude of Harris, a cousin of Trevon Slick Johnson, the 17-year-old that was killed, is likely to have the opposite effect.  The young man that I knew, was widely castigated for his actions.  His family chastised him; he realized that he had made a grave error.  He would not make that error again.

But that is not the attitude portrayed by Johnson’s cousin, Harris.  She sees his actions as justified by his need for money to buy clothes.

Note that Johnson is far from naked; his clothes do not even look patched.

In many parts of American society, the attitude of wearing patched or worn clothes is a badge of honor.  Honesty is praised and honored more than material prosperity.

But not in the “hood”.  How could a young man like Johnson hope to get back on the road to being a productive citizen, when his community justifies his illegal actions?  How can he be expected to become an honest citizen, when his dishonorable actions are rewarded and excused?

Some have said that people in black urban ghettos see “burglar”, “thief”, and “armed robber” as viable career options; that they view concealed carry permits as an OSHA safety violation.

That seems to be what is being displayed here.  It is not a viable option for a civilization.  These attitudes have been fostered by leftists for generations.  They view private property as illegitimate, and theft as property redistribution.  They have assiduously propagandized the black community with these attitudes.

The death of young black men like Trevon is a direct result of the hostility to the Commandment “Thou Shalt Not Steal” that leftists have so fervently spread.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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I love a happy ending to a story. The lad was probably related to Obama and he was turning his life around.


Well said. “They (leftist) view private property as illegitimate, and theft as property redistribution. They have assiduously propagandized the black community with these attitudes.” You forgot, they do it for votes.


The mentality that people don’t have the right to kill an intruder , pack your stuff move to England they share that mentality. Seriously nothing gives anyone the right to steal. Hungry get a JOB , need new clothes , get a JOB. NO JOB , NO PROBLEM the HWIC(Obama) said its ok to sell weed in CO. Move there ,get a permit grow , sell , and smoke weed til you can’t smoke no more.


The attitude reflected by the decease’s sister(?) is a wonderful example of the mentality of many, if not most, of young, uneducated, adolescents and young adults(?). Since I don’t have the money to buy what I want (not need) then it’s okay to just steal what I want , even if it means burglarizing someone’s home to get it. What the hell sort of convoluted thinking is that? Ideally we would live in a world where there would be no crime, but we don’t. The police when called, should be able to instantly respond, but they cannot. So, until we… Read more »


Another victim of white privilege, not of bad choices. If they paid more in welfare, maybe poor Trevon would still be with us. Surpirse! Justice came a lot swifter than anybody thought, just like the trash Treyvon Martin and Michael Brown. Good riddance.

Evans Evans

Punkasss b*tch won’t be breaking into anyone’s house again.


One can only reason that these young adults are products of their parents. Those parents, and I use the term loosely, have failed miserably in that regard, and that lack of education, intelligence and decency makes me re-evaluate my opposition to abortion.
Perhaps we should fund Planned Parenthood after all.


Well now you are just transferring the problem, you move the blame to the parents you still have the same problem. We all need to realize that new programs, better schooling, or anything else other than God are not going to fix the problem.


Society will never solve this problem unless education is forced on the children who have been sired by sociopaths. Make it a law that parents have to stand in front of a judge if their children miss or disrupt class. Only by showing children that there are options in life will you get them to change, and that will only happen if they attend school.


The schools ARE the problem. The liberals have transformed it into a 12 year indoctrination on how to be a burden on others, not a prosperous citizen. This country lost the battle when we lost the schools to liberal academia. It is too late.


Too true. When my kids first went into the school system 18 years ago I was shocked! There was absolutely no accountability. Gone were grades (Gold/silver stars in kindergarten/first grade, letter grades after that), gone was the display of excellent work on the board as an example to others to strive for and a praising of the student who performed so well, gone was any motivation besides “Well you tried and that’s the best we can ask for!” Thankfully I held my children to a much higher standard than the school system ever did. Kids are pushed through grade school… Read more »


Actually schools are NOT the problem. Nowhere is it the job of a teacher to teach morals, ethics or responsibility to their students, it’s the parent. Whether from a broken home or not these juveniles have not been shown that because they don’t want to hear it. It’s easier to steal something than work for it. Perhaps a criminal record is a “badge” of honor to some, not to future employers however. Furthermore schools are battlegrounds themselves. Over 20,000 assaults on teachers occur each year, some so severe the educator cannot work again. These “children” know they will be sent… Read more »


So by saying that you are saying education is our savior? which really makes no sense, if a person has a sin problem, stealing in this case, education isn’t going to solve the problem. It will just make him a smarter criminal.


I think they mean, to educate when young, then we stand a chance of turning this ship around. As the author wrote, his friend was shamed by his actions by his family and friends and went on to be a productive citizen. If parents were more responsible and educated their children properly, those children would recognize the difference between right and wrong, and hopefully chose a life of right. Then again, all this might just be a pipe dream and things will never change.


So if I interpret their defense of him right she should have let him go because he was not in her house and had already robbed her, and was leaving?


“Is it bad that a young man was killed in the middle of a burglary? Yes, it is bad.”

No, it is NOT bad, provided that the person who was shot was the one who committed the crime. Chances are that person will not live to rob again. The home owner used her God-given rights to protect herself & her family. There will be one less person in jail or awaiting trial for committing the crime.

Think positive, folks! All’s well that ends well.

Jeff Ross

“Thugs are not to be shot invading one’s home? Thugs are not to be shot invading one’s property? Police are not to shoot said thug upon arrival for said crimes?
Thugs are ‘good boys’ doing bad things and need protection from themselves and an evil society that shoots them for being misunderstood victims of their victims…bla bla…bla bla…”
Have the conversation? “The answer is …No!….
a thug is a thug.”


The home owner just made the world a better place ! Fine shooting ! One less,’young black man’ !