I wanted to take a night off from blogging about Ferguson, but it's hard when I see stories popping up all over the place that keep reminding me about the state of law enforcement and underserved communities all over the country.
Whether you choose to believe Dr. Michael Eric Dyson or Bill O'Lie-ly, there is no denying that there is a perception that policemen are out of control all over the country. And the more you read stories like this one, the more you realize that those perceptions are grounded in reality.
I will start in Milwaukee, where the autopsy was just made public in the Dontre Hamilton case.
"The white Milwaukee cop who killed a mentally ill black man shot at the victim’s back from above him, an autopsy indicated.
Officer Christopher Manney fired 14 bullets at Dontre Hamilton, but no gunpowder residue was found near Hamilton's wounds. That means the two men were not close to each other, said Hamilton family attorney Jon Safran.
The autopsy, released Monday, also showed Hamilton had no drugs in his system when he died on April 30.
A prosecutor has yet to decide whether to file charges against Manney." [Source]
Officer Manney, like Officer Wilson, will not be charged. He was doing what he was charged to do, and the citizens of Milwaukee are grateful for his service.
The citizens of New York City are waiting to see if the police officer who caused the death of Eric Garner will be indicted by a grand jury.
We will see if Officer Daniel Pantaleo hits the kill- a- Negro jackpot like Darren Wilson did.
"Trust your eyes.
That was the message from Eric Garner’s son to the Staten Island grand jury, which sources said could decide as early as Wednesday whether to indict the NYPD officer who killed his dad with a chokehold.
“I'd tell them to go to the video and see what the officer did, and believe that what he did was a crime,” 18-year-old Eric Snipes told the Daily News. “I want him to get indicted.”
But Staten Island won’t burn like Ferguson if that doesn’t happen, he said.
“It’s not going to be a Ferguson-like protest because I think everybody knows my father wasn’t a violent man and they’re going to respect his memory by remaining peaceful,” Snipes said. “It’s not going to be like it was there.”
Wrong Eric, it could be exactly "like it was there".