Friday, November 28, 2014

"Black Lives matter" and the Grand Jury

As strange as it felt listening to the press conference at 9PM, I wasn’t along. The reasons given were somewhat strange as well. The authorities knew what the decision of the grand jury was and decided to announce at 9PM. As the prosecutor read on, I could sense it was going south for an indictment of any kind. You could hear it in his delivery.

Many have called into question now, some of the evidence that was refuted by other testimony.  There seems to be plenty to question and perhaps the Fed’s will decide to peruse a more thorough and unbiased investigation.  And while the next day, a black 12 year old was shot dead over a toy that looked just like a gun, nothing has changed in the hearts of those whose job it is to enforce laws resulting in more blacks that will die at the hands of white police officers.

The protesters make me proud and if I weren’t so tired, I’d be there also. And Boston did the country proud by having a mostly peaceful protest. While buildings burned in Ferguson Mo, we in the white community have faith that we could never have that problem here in Framingham.  After all, we accept the fact that a white police officer killed an innocent black man, who was lying on the floor of his home, in his pajamas, in the middle of the night, unarmed and not resisting.


At November 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Officer Brown has resigned,
according to a statement from his attorney. Out of this terrible tragedy comes a new buzz phrase... "deescalation"

And it appears in this case, Officer Brown could have had more training on how to deescalate a situation. But that comes from the top cops and in a Town that has mostly white police officers in a mostly black community, the will to back away to solve a problem may not be there.

Look for law enforcement from around the country to adopt the new philosophy. It certainly might have averted this latest disaster, but may never broach the subject of long held racial bias toward the black community from law enforcement. .

At December 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think about the decision in New York to not indicte the cop in the choke hold incident?

At December 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

That case seemed more clear to me because of the video, but I can't see no indictment at all.

Up next is the 12 year who was killed with a fake gun

NY could burn... there's lots of racial resentment there, much of which has been captured on video. I believe NY has just paid record amounts of tax dollars settling excessive force cases brought against NYPD.

I hope for all of our sakes... cooler heads prevail.

At December 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Stoneham, Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother was sentenced to jail for his father's death. Prosecutors said Kerrigan caused his father's death while in a drunken rage on Jan. 24, 2010. They said he put his hands around 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan's neck with such force that he broke cartilage in his larynx and triggered his heart failure. Did the medical examiner in NYC not come to the same conclusion?

At December 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Excellent point Stoneham
I forgot all about that case.. like so many in the recent past. It's overwhelming at times.

The entire sad story will read differently after the feds investigate.

And the officer maintains it was not a chock hold... but how would a jury see that also..

And on the heels of the NY disaster, the officer who killed the 12 year old, should not have been allowed to be on the force to begin with.. Thank God Cleveland and it's officials agree to have the feds take over and weed out the bad cops and re-train the good cops.

Peaceful protests in Boston is music to my ears. While violence makes for good train wreck journalism, it doesn't sway change the minds of those who can help.

At December 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us consider, the fact that Loretta Lynch is President Obama's replacement nominee for Attorney General Holder's position. I agree after careful ponder. Ms.Lynch is the sitting U.S. attorney for the district covering Staten Island.



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