Memorial Day weekend holiday visitors to Miami, Florida, are being asked if they witnessed the McArthur Causeway cannibal Rudy Eugene during the face-chewing attack on Saturday.
Miami's tourists and city residents may or may not have caught sight of the savage attack perpetrated by Eugene. But if they did, the Miami cops really need to talk to them.
And given the enormous numbers of people who travel to beaches and Florida during the almost summer holiday, it is almost astonishing that police haven't found more witnesses to the crime that occurred right off the busy interstate ramp.
It's possible that some may be reluctant to come forward after the controversy that ensued the last time an African-American male was killed in Florida and made national headlines.
This time it isn't a Hispanic neighborhood watch man fighting claims of racial profiling or unjustified shooting, however. This time it is a Miami police officer who responded to the scene.
Witnesses sought in Miami face-chewing attack, however, are few, with only one male witness to come forward so far, and he kind of had to, as he flagged the cop down at the scene.
That witness, Larry Vega, has provided law enforcement with back up that the shooting was an extreme case of necessity, describing a blood drooling man who would do nothing more than growl when told to get off the body of his victim and stop eating his face.
So that helps back up the officer's own claims. But Larry is going silent now, telling the Associated Press that he wanted to try and put the attack behind him.
If Rudy Eugene were still alive, it isn't likely any witness would want to go to court and face himÂ—or the possibility he might come looking for them once released. But Eugene is no longer alive, so a witness doesn't have to fear that consequence.
But what about the fear of retaliation from Rudy Eugene's family, or the rest of his race given the George Zimmerman outcry from before?
Will the Rudy Eugene shooting aftermath now follow the Trayvon Martin shooting aftermath, with the New Black Panthers finding some reason to speak about an injustice in the killing of another black man?
Hopefully not, but it may depend upon whether President Obama decides to weigh in on this case with comments about how the causeway cannibal Rudy Eugene could have been his brother, like he thought Trayvon Martin could have looked like his son.
And if that happens, who knows what federal agency will go down to Miami and find some reason a seasoned police officer shouldn't have shot a man eating another man's face.