"In one experiment, a group of 60 police officers from a large urban police force were asked to assess the age of white, black and Latino children based on photographs. The officers were randomly assigned to be told that the children in the photographs were accused of either a misdemeanor or felony charge. The officers overestimate the age of black felony-suspected children by close to five years, but they actually underestimated the age of white felony-suspected children by nearly a year."
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1) your fear of current revenge --that you deep down know your ancestors deserve,
2) your cowardice,
...then it stands to reason that, within your own mind, you're going to make your adversary bigger and stronger than he or she actually is so as not to admit to yourselves that you are fearful cowards --fearful cowards afraid of your own history.
In this context, the beating of Rodney King, the murders of Miriam Carey, Mike Brown, Natasha McKenna, Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones, and Tamir Rice by scared-to-death white cops all make sense....to white juries, grand and otherwise.
In this context, it makes sense that blacks (enslaved in the past) and Native Americans (genocide-ed in the past) are the ones being killed by scared-to-death white cops at highly disproportional rate of speed even when they don't have weapons.
Furthermore, it occurs to me that slave owning mentality is the difference between white people here in the U.S. and the white people in Europe -- which is why the same thing does NOT appear to be happening to black people across the pond. There is racism in these countries. Do not mistake me. Black and brown people just aren't being hunted by white cops like they're animals there -- as far as I can tell.
Darren Wilson made out like Mike Brown --who was a big person in reality-- was a huge, superhuman demon and murdered Brown based on his own racist fears. "Demon" was the actually word this racist mental midget used. And this Officer Loehmann's testimony apparently did the same kind of magnification of Tamir Rice and a Cleveland grand jury has basically responded,
"It's okay. We would have been afraid
of the big black man too"
he turned out to be
a 12 year old child
Only when the shooter is white can and the jury is white can you play a horrific video over and over again and convince that jury that the person lying on the ground -- Rodney King or Tamir Rice-- is the one that provoked the violence. The white jury automatically understands without it very being said aloud that it was the black skin itself that was scary and life threatening.
This is the only way I can explain to myself how a white man rolls up on a 12 year old black child and kills him in 2 seconds ON VIDEO and the prosecutor (not some sort of defense attorney) makes it sound like an accidental O.K. Corral shoot out because two grown men with guns surprised each other.
In 2 seconds officer Loehmann didn't have time to THINK anything AT ALL. He just shot at black skin. Period. He didn't even have time to assess if Rice was reaching for his weapon. He shot Rice too fast to assess ANYTHING. He should have gone to trial for that alone -- even if turned out, in the end, that there wasn't enough evidence to reach the standard of reasonable doubt.
Those two officers shouldn't have rolled up so close to someone they supposedly thought had a gun. Why would Loehmann get out and put himself in that kind of danger if they REALLY thought that boy was a danger to him? White officers have told us again and again and again how afraid they are of us when we are UNARMED. Why did the driver roll up close to Tamir Rice and have Loehmann get of out of the car sans any sort of cover, and shoot?
1) There has to be another entity that takes police murder cases to the grand jury. I think a special prosecutor, or some such person, should come from out of state.
2) The grand jury process cannot be done in the dark anymore. No more secret grand jury. Let each juror make a decision in the light and live with it.
3) There needs to be a process where judges can be called on the carpet and fired when their "judgment" is blatantly unjust.
EVEN IF it had taken 32 seconds instead of 2 seconds for Officer Loehmann to shoot a child, on a playground, who was holding a toy gun -- it would have been worth it to go to trial to see what's what if the cop, the would-be-prosecutor, and judge weren't routinely in bed together.
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