What amazes me the most about the death of Eric Garner, and the way the right has stated, repeatedly that he was a petty street criminal is the way they rally their keyboards around white collar criminals who manage to re-appropriate billions from numerous sources. I gather million dollar white collar crimes by rich white men are perfectly acceptable while the petty selling of cigarettes by a black man is worthy of death.
According to a recent AP article, at least 400 people are killed by cops each year, in the US. Very few of these situations ever see an indictment. According to AP, successful prosecutions are more about cops who cover up what they’ve done, or use excessive force to punish.
“...It is difficult to generalize about why some cases lead to criminal charges, while others do not, but history shows that jurors may have less sympathy for officers who are guilty of more than just poor judgment during a crisis.
Police who get caught lying tend to get charged. So do those who use force to inflict punishment rather than to protect themselves, or who instigate physical confrontations for reasons that seem personal, rather than professional. “If an officer goes rogue, really, and is acting personally, and not as an officer of the law, that’s when you’ll see a criminal charge,” said Candace McCoy, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York….”
And – like I have been saying:
“...McCoy said if policymakers really want to do something about fatal encounters between police and the public, charging more officers with crimes isn’t the answer. “Within police departments, they are doing what we, as a citizenry, have told them to do, which is over-incarcerate, arrest people for minor crimes, and use force – justifiable force – to subdue people.
“And then we wonder why the police have bad outcomes,” she said. “This is what the citizenry has told them to do.”
It’s all about law and order, the concept, not the television series. If the community, or community leaders what tough on crime, they get tough on crime.
“...Cleveland — where a police officer recently shot and killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black child who was holding a toy gun — is only the latest city to have its police force subject to DOJ scrutiny following allegations of chronic misconduct. In the months and years leading up to the Cleveland investigation, the city’s police were responsible for a number of highly publicized incidents involving alleged brutality. In particular, the DOJ report notes a 2012 incident in which a prolonged police chase involving 62 cars ended with Cleveland officers firing 132 rounds into a car containing two unarmed suspects. The suspects, both black, died after each suffering more than 20 gunshot wounds….”
In other words, cops are just responding to their constituents?
It took me awhile, but I finally get it. White collar crime which destroys the lives of many people is just fine. Selling cigarettes on the street, to avoid taxes is punishable by death. It finally makes sense.