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There are no words.
I'm not particularly well versed as to the grand jury system and what constraints/powers they have.
“Let’s not play games with this one. You don’t need no training to stop choking a man saying ‘I can’t breathe’,” Sharpton shouted to a packed church. “You don’t need no cultural orientation to stop choking a man saying ‘I can’t breathe.’ You need to be prosecuted.”
Surely Obama could intervene in this case where the video evidence is plain for all to see?
I dunno the rules - can a grand jury ruling be appealed?
That surely can't be it?
So fucked up
The US legal system is confusing as hell.
There's no doubt really
The reticence of police departments to prosecute officers commiting murder 'in the line of duty' is well known - it's as bad anywhere as It is in the US but incidents seem a lot more common there and this one is particularly baffling as the evidence seems irrefutable
Then again there seems to be some kind of acceptance of murder as being collateral to order in the US if their drone programmes and military tactics are anything to judge by
There's a part of me that thinks we're staring down the barrel of the dystopian fascisto military police state and there's another part that sees this as a 'good 'ol fashion lynching'
Either way .... Just urgh
And I'm a white guy who lives in Sweden - can't imagine how it must feel to be a black guy living ...well, anywhere that the authorities are white
when the prosecutors have to work with that same police force every other day for all their other cases. System is fucked.
I don't quite understand why this HAS to be the case
lots of organisations work with other organisations every day without them having to excuse them of murder in order to get co-operation
what exactly a police officer would have to do to actually get indicted when involved with the deaf of a black citizen. Usually I'd think up some amusing hyperbolic example here but this is too fucking horrifying.
is if that black man or woman is a the officer's superior in the Police force
that the UK has absolutely no moral high ground here at all:
In fact there hasn't been a conviction for a death in British custody since 1969.
We now live in a world where clickbait websites think calling the police on a black guy for having his hands in his pockets is 'reasonable' just because a police officer turned up and didn't shoot him in the face. Why the fuck did a police officer show up at all?!