This Savage System
So many young men of color are locked up—and why none of them are likely to ever share a jail cell with a disgraced cop.
DailyBeast, June 17, 2017
The criminal justice system in the United States is designed to do two things really well: to railroad black and brown bodies into prison, and to keep police officers out of it.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who pulled Philando Castile’s girlfriend over in a St. Paul, Minnesota suburb last July and then shot Castile as his girlfriend livestreamed the encounter and the couple’s four-year-old daughter witnessed her dad bleeding out from the back seat, faced a top charge of manslaughter.
Does anyone doubt that had poor Mr. Castile lived, he would have been charged, tried and convicted of assaulting an officer for the “crime” of reaching for his wallet to comply with the officer’s command?
This system is built to grind black and brown bodies into its teeth and swallow them. If an officer says they found a gun or drugs on you, they don’t even have to prove it. They just have to say so on the stand.
We as a nation spend too much time and energy locking people up for very little, and not enough time examining whether the truly powerful are held to account. We prosecute people for simply having drugs on them, inflating every offense by a clear addict as “intent to sell.” We overcharge people to try and force them into pleas. We lock up children for being the problem kid at school rather than finding some way to help them.
The only people in our country who are truly safe from the system—besides the rich and the famous— are the cops. And boy, are they safe.
The police can gun down the mentally ill with impunity. They can use excessive force and even overkill with a free pass. They can blow away your 12-year-old, choke you out on the street, chase your teenage son into your house and blow him away in front of your mom and your 6-year-old and, yes, mow you down in the passengers seat of your girlfriend’s car on Facebook Live with barely any likelihood of being convicted. The most that will likely ever happen to a police officer who kills you or your loved one is that he’ll be fired. That’s reality. Especially if you are black—whether you are a man, a woman, or a child.
Such is our society’s desire for a particular kind of “law and order.”
The real surprise in the Philando Castile case is not that the officer was acquitted but that he was charged at all. No one should be shocked about how it turned out.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» продолжают нахваливать псевдодемократическую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США.
О таких монстрах, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, фашистские ФБР и ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США