Ohio, which has a very bad record when it comes to violent cops is once again in the spotlight. One Cleveland officer has been indicted for negligent homicide, and two former officers have been indicted for kidnapping and assault (East Cleveland). What’s different in these cases is that all three officers are black men. Because of that, I expect there will be convictions in these cases. This comes after a very long string of white cops being kinda sorta indicted, then allowed to walk. That was certainly what happened in the case of Tamir Rice. So far, there’s been precious little justice to be had in all the cases of white cops viciously beating and murdering non-white people. People come oozing out of the woodwork to defend one white cop after another. It will be interesting to see if that holds true in the case of non-white cops.
In Columbus, Ohio, cops shot an innocent 13 year old to death, and they are busy blaming another black youth for that murder. If the cops who gunned Tyre King down are white, I expect nothing will happen. Okay, back to Cleveland.
In the Cleveland case, officer Alan Buford, who is black, was indicted for misdemeanor negligent homicide in the 2015 death of unarmed-breaking and entering suspect Brandon Jones, 18, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said in a statement Friday.
“It is not reasonable for a police officer to use deadly force if he or she does not believe a suspect poses a threat of death or serious bodily harm to the police or the public,” McGinty said.
Interesting how using deadly force against a suspect who does not pose a threat of death or serious bodily harm is all manner of reasonable when the cop in question is white.
In the East Cleveland case, two former officers, Denayne R. Davidson-Dixon and Gerald A. Spencer II, were indicted on three counts of kidnapping, two counts of dereliction of duty and one count each of felonious assault, conspiracy, obstructing official business and interfering with civil rights for the July 2016 beating of Jesse R. Nickerson, a prisoner in their custody.
The two officers are black, as is Nickerson.
According to prosecutors the officers arrested Nickerson and after arguing with him drove to a park near the police station, pulled him from the squad car and assaulted him.
Davidson-Dixon and Spencer were fired shortly after the incident.
Oh look, some cops were actually fired! Ah, but they are black. White cops, no matter how vicious, bigoted, and violent they are, seem to manage to hang onto their jobs without much problem. Oh yes, I know two or three are fired now and then, but most aren’t. They are allowed to keep their job, so they can murder again. So as non-white people continue to die at the hands of cops, it’s been confirmed that the only way there might be justice is if the bad cops happened to be people of colour too.
Via Raw Story.