Investor's Business Daily, December 30, 2015
War On Cops: In case after case, jurors are siding with police over civil rights activists who have accused them of racially targeting young black men for murder. The Black Lives Matter movement is proving a fraud.
The latest exoneration came Monday in Cleveland, where a grand jury refused to indict a white cop for shooting a black youth after he pulled a gun out of his waistband and threatened the cop with it.
It was supposed to be a slam dunk case of a racially motivated police shooting. But newly enhanced surveillance video made it “indisputably clear” that the boy approached the cop, lifted his shirt and reached for the pellet gun, which was “indistinguishable” from a real gun.
The grand jury also learned that Tamir Rice appeared much older than 12. At 175 pounds and wearing size 12 shoes, he looked like a young man when the officer and his partner responded to a call of a “guy with a pistol” scaring people.
Of course, that’s not how Black Lives Matter protestors have portrayed the facts. They convinced the gullible media that the two racist patrolmen pulled up on an innocent little boy as he played with a toy in the park and gunned him down in cold blood. They demanded city officials charge the cops with murder.
The dismissal of the case follows a mistrial earlier this month in the first of several cases against police in Baltimore involving the death of another young black man, Freddie Gray.
A majority black jury could not agree that Baltimore Police Officer William Porter was guilty of negligence in Gray’s death while in custody. Porter’s conviction was supposed to be a cinch. But the decision now throws the trials of five other cops into flux.
In August, a jury in Charlotte, N.C., also made up of minorities, could not agree that Charlotte Police Officer Randall Kerrick was guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, Jonathan Ferrell.
Eight jurors, including minorities, argued for acquittal, believing Kerrick shot Ferrell in self- defense as Ferrell, a college football player under the influence, repeatedly charged at the rookie cop while responding to a report of a home invasion involving Ferrell.
A grand jury initially declined to indict Kerrick, but after angry protests from the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, the case was presented to a different grand jury and eventually went to trial. Prosecutors decided not to retry Kerrick. For its rush to judgment, the city must pay the railroaded cop almost $200,000 in back pay, retirement and legal fees.
Last year, moreover, jurors exonerated equally framed police involved in the deaths of two other black men–Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner of Staten Island, N.Y.–and before that, a jury found a neighborhood crime watch captain acted in self-defense in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, aka Obama’s “son,” in Sanford, Fla.
Six swings, six misses by the race-baiters and -mongers.