The other day, the US legal system yet again failed the black community. The latest in what is an ever-growing number of cases where a police officer shot a black man or boy, without any apparent cause to do so, has somehow seen a not guilty verdict. Despite evidence from the officer’s own car, the officer in question, Jeronimo Yanez, was cleared of the charge of second degree manslaughter.
People keep asking ‘how do we prevent this’? The answer, to me, would seem obvious – in a case as clear as this one, where the evidence shows the officer clearly acted rashly and in haste, there should be a conviction, and a sentence that actually means something – not some token gesture, a real, actual prison sentence. Not an acquittal. That’s insulting to the victim’s loved ones, the community at large, and to anyone with a sense of justice.