White Arizona Man Says He Was Being ‘Proactive’ to Slash Black Teen’s Throat Over Rap Music; Attorney Blames Mental Illness

Michael Adams, the man who admitted to killing 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a Circle-K in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria, Arizona on July 4th becuase he was playing his rap music too loudly is now saying rap music makes him feel “unsafe.” He claims people who listen to rap music have attacked him in the past.

Adams said even though the teen didn’t threaten or provoke him he decided to be “proactive rather than reactive” According to court documents, Adams called anyone who listens to rap music a “Threat to the community”

Surveillance footage from inside the Circle-K where the incident took place shows Adams lunging at Al-Amin then walking out of the convenience store.

Records indicate that Adams used a pocketknife to stab the teen in the back and slit his throat. The teen ran out of the store and fell under a gas pump canopy, where police who arrived on the scene began giving him CPR. Al-Amin was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported.

Adams was apprehended a few blocks away when local police found him with blood on his body and clothes.

Based on prior arrest, Jacie Cotterell, Adams’ lawyer, questioned his ability to access mental health services and argued he shouldn’t have been arrested, to begin with.

“It’s too easy as a society to shake our head and say ‘well, they committed a crime, it’s too bad. We have jails for that when really, what they need is treatment,” Cotterell told Fox 10. “They need a bed instead of a cell.”

Al-Amin’s mother Serina Rides told Fox 10 she can’t understand what happened to her son.

“There’s no excuse for this,” she said. “There’s not at all, there’s no excuse. I don’t care that somebody’s hiding behind mental illness. There’s no excuse.”













































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