So here’s how it works: Let’s imagine two cops spot a negro driving a flashy car (one of the cops later testified that he was made suspicious by seeing a “luxury” car which “stood out a great deal in the area”). The negro then made a turn but activated his turn signal only 30 feet in advance, rather than 100 feet, so the cops decided to pull him over. (I’m sure white people get pulled over for things like that all the time.)
Once pulled over, the negro (who may have been on drugs, which justifies everything the cops did) is acting weird and is slow to respond to orders. One cop opens the car door and grabs him. Then, the negro jams his hand into his pocket. The other cop orders him to take his hand out of his pocket. But when the negro starts taking his hand out of his pocket, the cop panics and shoots. From Willamette Week:
“I remember seeing the top of his hand come out of his pocket,” recalled Sery, adding that it appeared clenched, “and that’s when I made the decision to shoot.”
So he shot the negro three times in the chest from six feet away, and then his partner tasered the corpse. But then it turns out that the now-dead negro was unarmed.
So then the cop enters our justice system. And now the DA’s office has a problem. The last thing Portland DAs want is to prosecute hardworking, honest cops for shooting unarmed negros to death – cops won’t be able to do their jobs if they’re punished for every little thing, after all.
Of course, the DA could refuse to press charges, but that would mean admitting in public that he favors cops shooting unarmed negros, and that sort of openly taking responsibility might piss off voters. It’s the 21st century; politicians aren’t allowed to obviously favor killing negros, like they could in the good old days.
No problem! A smart DA can just play games with the judicial system to protect a cop’s god-given right to shoot unarmed negros to death. So the DA goes to the grand jury. Normally, a DA presents his best case against the defendant to the grand jury, which then decides if there’s enough evidence to justify a trial. But if you’re a Portland DA, and if the victim is only an unarmed negro, then what you do is present the case for the defense.
Forget the movies you’ve seen, Lewinski said: If you wait until you see the gun, you can’t beat your suspect to the draw–therefore, you have to shoot first. “Action beats reaction,” he said.
Lewinski, a law-enforcement professor at Minnesota State University-Mankato, has made a career out of that slogan. A website advertising Lewinski’s services describes him as part of a “stable” of legal experts that specializes in “the defense of police officers and their agencies [in] all areas of high liability.”
(Mike Schrunk, by the way, also doesn’t appear to take statutory rape very seriously – at least, not when it’s committed by one of his pals. Jack Bog has the details.)
Since the grand jury hears only the evidence the DA chooses to present, a DA who presents the defense case to the grand jury is guaranteeing that the cop will get off. And best of all, the DA gets a free pass from the public for his whitewashing the shooting of an unarmed negro, since no one really gives a fuck. Sure, it’s a perversion of justice and a severe abuse of the grand jury system, but that’s not worth reporting on. It’s only a dead negro, for God’s sake! No need to make a fuss.
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God damn it. You know, I’m not sure if the flip tone of this post is appropriate, but the truth is I’m trembling with fury about this, and if I try to write about it without being flip I’d just end up posting a string of swear words, so deal with it.
I did a nexus search; no major paper in Oregon even reported on the rather astounding fact that the DAs put an expert witness for the defense in front of the grand jury.
There’s no way a white person would have been shot the way James Perez (or Kendra James before him, or Jose Poot before her) was shot. And if by some miracle a white person was shot on a pretext pull-over, there’s no way the Portland DA’s office would cheat the grand jury system to make sure that the cops were spared the discomfort of a trial. And if that did happen, the mainstream papers would at least report it.
Mike Schrunk and his boss John Bradley looked at the color of the victim’s skin and said, “screw it! Blacks aren’t human; the shooting of an unarmed black person doesn’t require a trial, because black lives aren’t worth that much.” A hundred years ago Schrunk and Bradley would have gotten their rocks off participating in lynch mobs, but since they can’t have that pleasure nowadays, they have to settle for gaming the justice system to make it legal for cops to shoot blacks.
It drives me up a wall that Schrunk and Bradley are still being treated with respect. Why aren’t they spit on by every decent person, everywhere they go? Why aren’t they turned away from restaurants and stores? Why aren’t their houses and cars vandalized every day? Why isn’t the mayor – or any of the folks running for mayor – calling for them to resign or be thrown out of office?
Because, truth be known, the mayor and the Oregonian and everyone else hates black people just as much as Schrunk and Bradley themselves do. Because, in the final analysis, the dead guy was only a negro, and that means that his life has no value in our society. Why make a fuss?