A homeless man with a history of mental illness was arrested in connection with the firebombing of the Fort Worth offices of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), an official with the city’s fire department said on Wednesday.
Police arrested Cedric Steele, 40, on Tuesday night, just hours after he was suspected of hitting the senator’s district office with a pair of Molotov cocktails, fire Capt. Tom Crow told TPM.
Steele was arrested about 11 p.m. at a convenience store in Fort Worth. He is believed to be homeless and was staying in a vacant building, where Crow said investigators found things that could be used to make the bombs, including bottles, lighter fluid and fuses.
He was being charged with one felony count of arson of an occupied building and held on a $50,000 bond, Crow said.
While the attack does not appear to be politically motivated, there is politics involved here. The conservative way of thinking that has swept the nation over the past several decades have left people like Mr. Steele unable to obtain help for their mental illness. Mental health, once taken care of by the state, has become a “luxury” that many people can’t afford, especially a homeless person.
Our country really needs to revisit mental health. We need to realize that the issue is just not one of personal or family, but as society as a whole. Cases like this prove it, where the general public is in danger because a mentally ill patient isn’t getting the help they need. Until we can take care of this, we can expect to see more and more cases like this happen. This week it was a lawmakers office and no one was injured. How long before it’s a school or mall and we have scores injured or killed? Will that be enough to wake us up? I certainly hope so.