Tonight is videotape night in the fields.
I have a couple that I would like to share.
The first one deals with the perils of driving while black. (DWB)
"Video shows Groubert pulling up to Levar Jones, who had just parked at a gas station (the stop was ostensibly over a seat belt violation).
Groubert instructed Jones to get his license, but when Jones reached into the car to retrieve it Groubert began shooting. Groubert continued firing even after Jones, who was unarmed, had backed away from the car with his hands raised.
“Why did you shoot me?” Jones is heard to ask. “I just got my license! You said get my license.” When Groubert asked if Jones was hit, he replied, “I can’t feel my legs.”
Groubert was fired from the patrol last week, and faces up to twenty years in prison if convicted. Jones, meanwhile, was hopsitalized and is recovering from a gunshot wound to the hip." [Video and story here]
It seems that you just can't win when you DWB. If you move too slow you catch a bullet from the po po. If you move too fast you catch a bullet as well.
Oh well, at least Mr. Jones lived.
John Crawford, III was not so lucky.
His crime was shopping while black. (SWB)
"The video shows Crawford continuing through the store. He paused at some store shelves, and it appears he’s still on the phone, fiddling with the gun as it swings, pointed toward the ground. Then, police enter the frame to his side; you can see Crawford turn his head, fall to the ground, scramble in the other direction, then turn back around before ultimately falling to the ground. It’s unclear whether he dropped the gun before being shot or after.
Special prosecuting attorney Mark Piepmeier , said: '“He’s still on the phone when these officers confront him, he’s probably not paying attention to what he’s doing, and this happens...”' [Video and story here]
Not only is Mr. Crawford dead, but his family will not receive any justice. Those officers will not be charged by the state of Ohio.
But there is hope. The DOJ will be taking up the case.
Poor Mr. Crawford must have thought that he enjoyed certain privileges which are afforded to guys like these. They can openly carry real assault rifles in public without any fear of repercussions. People like Mr. Crawford cannot.
Mr. Holder, you picked a bad time to leave.