June 17, 2017

This has been a rough week for justice.

A Minneapolis police officer was found innocent of charges in the killing of a black man. The killing was captured on video by the man’s girlfriend. It looked really obvious from the video that there was no reason to shoot the man, much less seven times. I’ve never been a policeman, or faced that kind of danger, so I don’t know what it’s like. But, my reaction under those circumstances is not the least bit relevant. Policeman are supposed to be trained and know how to handle situations that I would not be able to deal with. Hardly any police officers get charged when they shoot someone, black or white. And I suspect they do protect their own. I find it hard to believe, given the plethora of video evidence that has been shown over the last few years, that a hefty percentage of these shootings were not justified – that there had to be another way to handle that situation without killing someone. Like I said, I’m not a policeman, never have been, so I don’t know what I’d do, but I would hope that their “training kicks in” during a situation and that prevents a life from being lost.

The other miscarriage of justice concerns Bill Cosby. So far, sixty women have come forward to claim he sexually assaulted them. How can he end up with a hung jury and a mistrial? What is wrong with our system? What is wrong with juries? Maybe the juries are the issue! I read in the Washington Post this week that perhaps 7% of the population, about 16 million people, believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Maybe there are just too many stupid people in America. That explains a lot really.