Monday, July 18, 2016

Rubbing Our Noses In It

It's one thing to let the police have impunity, but quite another to punish those who are peacefully trying to hold them accountable:

Two years after Eric Garner was killed by New York City police officers using a fatal chokehold as he gasped the now-iconic words “I can’t breathe,” the only person being sent behind bars isn’t the cop, but the man who filmed the killing.

Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Garner’s death on his cell phone on July 17, 2014, was sentenced earlier this month to four years in jail beginning this October in a plea deal for weapons and drug charges in Staten Island.

Orta says he has faced repeated police harassment and apparent retaliation from the NYPD since filming the killing, and has being arrested several times on various charges, including domestic violence, which prosecutors later dropped.

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While Mr. Orta may have been rightfully convicted of these later crimes, it certainly appears that police went out of their way to ensure he was punished.

This reminds me of what happened in the CIA torture "scandal". The only person convicted of a crime was the man who told the public what had happened. You can read about it here:

For those of you who believe that Mr. Orta and Mr. Kiriakou "got what they deserved", keep this in mind - a civil-rights lawyer has stated that all of us commit at least three felonies a day. You can read about it here:

So if you haven't been arrested, it just means it's not your turn yet.

Q: By the way, if as claimed in the above article "the concept of intent has disappeared", why was the alleged lack of intent used by the FBI to justify not charging Hillary Clinton of the six (at least) federal criminal laws she violated?

A: Impunity for her, jail for us. It's the American Way.

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