The federal government said it will step in after officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted Thursday of a lesser involuntary manslaughter charge, touching off angry protests that damaged stores and netted dozens of arrests.
The riots are due to the fact that the victim was black and the officer was white. The riots have resulted in at least eighty arrest and dozens of stores including a Foot Locker. I guess nothing says that you are upset with a verdict like stealing Nikes. Let me start by saying that these looters don’t care about the victim, and they are not representative of the communities they live in. For the most part they are people who are criminals to begin with and are taking advantage of the situation.
The real story here is that the white officer was found guilty in a court of law, of manslaughter. It would seem that some in the community are unhappy with that verdict and instead of waiting for the process to play out, they chose to steal, burn and riot in the street.
The racial element of this story cannot be ignored. It comes on the heals of the story of voter intimidation in Philadelphia, where two members of the New Black Panthers stood outside a polling place and intimidated white voters. They were convicted in a court of law. That is when the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric holder stepped in, and had the case dismissed. Shortly thereafter an attorney that was on the case for the DOJ resigned and came out with the story that it was common knowledge that there was an unwritten decree that no cases having to do with white victims and minority defendants would be pursued.
Now back to the Oakland case. The civil rights division of the DOJ has stated that it will be investigating the Oakland verdict, to see if the case was handled properly. And to determine whether the case deserves federal prosecution.
I have the most basic information about the case. I was not in the court room or the jury room . I will not attempt to pass judgement on the merits of the verdict. The real point of this post is that the current Attorney General and it would seem the administration of Pres. Obama in general, are playing a very nasty game of racial discrimination.
After the Philly case and the information about race policy at the DOJ, to have the DOJ and AGs office state that they will investigate this case, one has to ask. Would Eric Holder and the DOJ be looking into this Oakland case, if the victim were white and the officer were minority?
This sort of institutionalized racism is the most harmful and dangerous form of racism. We will never purge the hearts of every person of some form of racism, but to allow our government agencies to practice it , hearkens back to Jim Crow. This sort of condoned hatred, inspires more of the same. Some will take the Oakland riots and the DOJ’s investigation of the case as proof that there was wrong doing in the handling of the case. They will take the policy of not trying minority defendants as a get out of jail free card. To prove this there was a case in Washington state, of vandalism of a police officer’s patrol car parked outside his home at 2:30 in the morning on Friday. The windows were smashed out and the words ” Oscar Grant was here”, Oscar Grant was the victim in the Oakland case.
When our Department of Justice shows no respect for the law, then how can we expect citizens too?