Once Again, Injustice Overshadows Justice

Greetings all, today I will be embarking on a mission to make some type of sense of the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle case.  Here’s a little background on the situation.  On the early morning of January 1, 2009 there was a fight on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train at the Fruitvale Station with a group of young men that was restraint by BART police who are legally allow to carried hand guns and tasers.  During this time, the BART police had gotten control of the situation and began the process of removing rowdy parties from the stations platform, all the while being video recorded from numerous passengers.  Meanwhile, an incident with a group on men and BART police broke out and the police again gained control by handcuffing bout 4-5 men  and sitting them on the platform of the station.  One of the men handcuffed was laid on his stomach and had a knee on his neck, his name was Oscar Grant.  No one really knows what lead to what happened next, but all we could tell from the video is that Officer Johannes Mehserle pulled out his BART issued semi-automatic weapon and shot Oscar Grant in the back while handcuffed and laying on his stomach.

Fast forward to July 8, 2010 and all the headlines read, Johannes Mehserle Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter!  Wow, the lesser of the verdicts the jury of his peers could have given him.  They totally removed Murder 1 and gave the jury 4 options: 2nd degree Murder (15-life), Voluntary Manslaughter (10-15), Involuntary Manslaughter (2-4) or acquittal.  I will try to make sense of it all and post the logical, illogical and my opinion about the whole situation today.

Logically, Johannes Mehserle was tried by a group of his peers.  What else did you expect?  I’m surprise they didn’t acquit him totally, but they really couldn’t because of the evidence video and material they had against him.  Involuntary Manslaughter carries a sentencing of 2-4 years, period.  So, logically speaking a person in their right minds could see justice not being served.  Logically.

Let’s keep this all the way real, folks.  In the history of minorities, especially African Americans in the Untied States of America how many times has justice been served?  To be truthful with you I don’t know of one time when there was an incident with a white cop and an African American, where the cop was at fault that there has been justice served, awarded and gave to us on a platter.  Not once in the history of the US.  If you can find something, please enlighten me and send me the links.  That makes me wonder if the shoe was on the other foot and Oscar Grant was a BART police and Johannes Mehserle was a passenger, what would that outcome be?  It’s only right for people to think this way because that’s the only other gauge we have.  Would Officer Grant have only gotten 2-4 years for killing a white passenger?

The other side is the illogical thinking that has gotten us to this point in the first place and that grabs logical thinking and turns it on the side, therefore making no sense whatsoever.  Rioting proves nothing except that there are ignorant people in this world who thinks violence and destruction solves anything.  It’s solves nothing, actually it makes things worse.  I truly believe the rioting back in 2009 affected the outcome of this trail because it forced the officials to move it to Los Angeles where there is a history of getting cops off on crimes against minorities.  Yeah, I said it.  Everyone knows how we think just like we know how they think and that’s why they were prepared for it this time around.  I never seen that many people trying to get out of Downtown Oakland so fast before in my life.  They knew if a verdict was not reached that was to the public’s liking all hell was going to be raised.

Come on, honestly did you think justice was going to be served?  You have got to remember whose justice we are talking about here.  We are talking about a corrupt man- made justice system that has had flaws since its first inception.  Yeah, yeah we have a black president, but what does that really mean?  Hell they are still dragging black folks down the road with chains around they’re necks.  Then people wonder why we riot and that’s because of all the frustrations build up, it seems like the right thing to do at the time.  When in all actuality it’s the wrong thing.  I hear people say “Oh, the police insight the riots ” and yes they are right, their smug asses sit there behind the shield of justice and look as if God granted them the authority over us mere mortals and that we ought to bow down at their feet and not look a them or challenge them when wrong.  But what type of people just sits back and allow injustice to take root in their society.  A people who have been victimize for so long that it’s really numb to all the injustices it has faced and only knows of one way to get any resolve and that’s to riot, loot, destroy and vandalize their own communities.  That’s right, tear up your own shit, that’ll show ‘em.  That will let them know we mean business.  Break into the Footlocker and steal shoes and clothes to burn in the trash cans, yeah that’s right.  That’s a great point to make.  See, that’s that ignorant thinking that will have us following and not leading.

In my honest opinion, justice has not been served.  No matter how you cut it, dice it or slice it a young man with a family was killed in cold blood and no ones is going to pay the full price of it.  The rioting damaged the trail because it was moved to a place where white police get off all the time for victimizing, killing and beating minorities at an alarming rate.  Let’s face it people we are living in a corrupt society where the chips are stack against us and we can’t win by tearing down our own communities.  That only proves to them that we are not ready to be heads of our communities and even if we did it wouldn’t be long before we’d run it in the ground.  We have got to start giving ourselves more credit than that, we have got to know when to challenge and when to back of and live.  Everyone has to know there place and that place is not always challenging the place of the MAN.  But knowing how to beat them at there own game, be smart about it.  Don’t be the fools and end up in prison or dead.  What can we take from this to better ourselves?  Talk to me…….

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