James Means, Shot to Death, 15 years Old.


On this past Monday evening, outside of a Dollar General Store in Charleston, West Virginia, 15-year-old James Means, was shot and killed by William Ronald Pulliam, 62, police said.

Means, like Emmett Till and Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin before him, did nothing to ever even warrant a confrontation from Pulliam. Witnesses claim that what set Pulliam off was that Means accidentally bumped into him while entering the store.

After Pulliam left the store, the two exchanged words a second time, and Pulliam shot the teen twice in the abdomen, leaving him to die, then proceeded to go home, eat dinner, then go hang out at a friend’s house, according to a criminal complaint.


After Pulliam’s arrest on Tuesday morning, police said that he expressed no remorse whatsoever for killing the teen, but simply said, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street.”

Seems to me that Mr. Pulliam is more than a bit backwards about just who constitutes trash. I just don’t have any more grief right now, I can’t afford it. I am fucking furious. I am fucking tired. I am so fucking heartsick, I wish I had no heart. What little of it is left, goes out to the family, friends, and all loved ones of James’s. This is a terrible loss, there are no words, and there is no justice.

Shaun King has the full story.


  1. says

    I imagine the Excuse Squad is busy looking for a justification why it was all right for Pulliam to have shot James Means. Even the stupidest of such things will do, like James having gone to a school where someone was caught smoking a joint back in ’72.

  2. EigenSprocketUK says

    A life sentence would still be getting off lightly for the callous and cold-blooded murder that this certainly was. “Words were exchanged” so he decided to murder him. Words fail me.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Mr Pulliam seems consider himself as some kind of an aristocrat whose honour has been defiled.

  4. rq says

    I just bet he was standing his ground. Callous doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.
    And yeah, he’s definitely backwards about that trash business.

  5. StevoR says

    My condolences almost certainly won’t reach James Means’ family and friends. Or those of Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Philandro Castile, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown and so many more.

    But I’m going to offer them anyway.

    173 black lives taken by police this year alone -- up to July 7th :


    Black lives. Individual lives. Human lives. People’s lives. Black lives too.

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