I was going to wait until tomorrow for this post, but I couldn’t.
While many of us were home watching Lebron James make his decision to what team he will play for (which I thought was kind of obvious), most of us were unaware and still are about a very poor verdict on the behalf of our judicial system. Before I get into details of the case or even let you know of the decision I want you read the following piece then, close your eyes and imagine, then continue to read the rest of the post.
IMAGINE: So you’re at party with a group of friends, had a few drinks. You decide to leave the house at which your partying at to go home its getting kind of late and the old couple next door called the cops because it was noisy. So as you walk out the front door you see the officers are already there. So you decide to stop what you’re doing and begin to walk away slowly. Cops ask to speak to you, so you walk over slowly and try your best to sober up. The cops then ask you to get down on your knees and place both hands behind your head. The cops then begin to search you and your friend. They ask you to lay down on your stomach, you hear your friend mumble a few words, the cops started screaming, and your friend continues to rant for a little while longer. One of the other cops come back over to you and begins to yell back at you. Next thing you know… BANG! (Now close your eyes and picture this.)
Shots fired and your friend lies motionless on the pavement. Leaving behind friends, family, and loved ones, and now you want justice to be served. So you go to court and verdict comes and the cops gets away with murder, and is only charged with involuntary man slaughter, faces up to 4 years. Your friend was unarmed, handcuffed and everything was on video tape. But the cops is still able to walk free. How? That’s where I go blank too.
This is basically what happened except it was on New Years Eve of last year. I don’t know about you, but I find this more shocking and more worrisome then if LBJ will pick the Knicks or Heat. It’s that someone can walk away with murder like that and only face up to four year, mind you this was all caught on tape.
So what is wrong with our judicial system today? I don’t understand, the racial barriers do not even matter at this point, but I am sure this had some swaying factor in the decision, how can someone say I was just pulling out a tazer but by mistake I pulled out my gun and shot him instead, #PAUSE. A cop for however many years couldn’t tell the difference? #PAUSE
Everyone should be concerned for two reasons:
1 Cops are obviously are not getting trained properly; if they can’t tell the difference between a firearm and tazer, nor when they gun down a handcuffed man facing down on the pavement.
2. And our court system to allow this murder caught on video be let go as a “Involuntary Manslaughter”
This has really put America a few steps backwards using the words of a very good friend. I just find it weird that both things would be aired at the same time, makes you wonder. We’ll leave on that note.
Here a link so you can educate yourself on the topic : http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/08/subway.shooting.trial.verdict/index.html?hpt=T2