Was the jury somehow sympathetic to a homeless heroin addict? It took them less than 2hrs to deliberate and acquit. This is way beyond making this about race or privilege. Beyond being factors in a much more complex WTF that just happened.
She missed the jugular and then claimed she was just trying to scare the officer. Put yourself in that cop’s situation. She cut his throat, sliced him by the jugular. Would either of them in the heat of the moment, to have the wherewithall to know exactly where that jugular is?
On its own two feet, this case’s outcome is absurd. We’ve seen famous celebrities whose wealth and privilege did not save them from jailtime when they messed with the wrong cops. And yet, here we have a homeless junkie who shanked a cop while in custody on tape, who just beat a murder rap.
In context of all the recent headlines about court decisions, our justice system is failing us, regardless of who we are. Privilege may mean you get an umbrella when the storm hits, but it doesn’t mean you won’t get struck by lightning.
Even if I strip away the media-pushed labels of homeless and drug-addict, even if she lived in a 2-story Victorian, and never touched drugs ever, wouldn’t it still be shocking that Martha Stewart stabbed a cop while in custody, and getting away with in court?
To clarify, I’m not saying that privilege got her off. I’m not saying that this case proves cops do not have impunity. This isn’t about her skin color, her class status, or her perceived shortcomings. This isn’t about things one way or the other.
This is just another perspective on just how fucked up our justice system is. No matter how you look at it, from any combination of perspectives, it’s fucked up. Regardless of labels or lenses, those who have the power to screw others over, are doing just that.
What pisses me off is that I have to agree with the anarchists I so despise. The system is, indeed, that broken. I just believe that our only recourse is to “burn that muther to the ground!”
American justice can be fixed. The people need to participate, on a much more broadly inclusive scale. Injustice gets away because nobody wants to take a closer look. #WeThePeople need to get back into the business of running a democracy. Voter turnout should skyrocket, so should more candidates should be signing up for elections, from PTAs to Governors and President. We need to serve in our community’s juries. We need to be more active, not just politically, but socially as well. We need to know our neighbors.
We have so much work to do, as a nation, to get things right in America. A Great Nation can only be comprised of Great People. We have to rise to that occasion on a day-to-day basis. We can no longer sit back and watch a broken machine cause so much damage to the fabric of our existence. In our world, injustice predominates. Justice is the rare jewel we seek out among the coal lumps of injustice. Even if that’s only in perception, caused by media influence, it’s still pervasive. And there are no shortages of “cherry picked” cases to show patterns of tragedy. The fact that the obscure are not so obscure is evidence enough of the permeation of injustice. We will never “get” fair justice until we ourselves are a part of that system.
And we have to work together soon, and show some progress, before the anarchists find their Tyler Durden.