a reply to: dashen
The problem here is whether the charges can actually be proven.
While I don't think anyone here is naive enough to simply trust the process (come on, the police unions have basically already started threatening
national strikes if these officers are imprisoned - strange that, coming from a group of people who's job is law enforcement, CORRUPT MUCH?) it was a
bad move to level charges the way she did, when there was seemingly little evidence to back up the notion of deliberate murder.
What we've seen so far is that they all showed an incredible lack of basic care, they had no sense of responsibility for the man they had in their
vehicle, they treated him like less than an animal. That's not about race, that's about utter disdain for Human life and utter arrogance for their
I don't want to get into a whole post about the psychology of unaccountable authority and the dehumanizing of others (that's happening across US
policing) but these officers showed that they had no thought for the safety and wellbeing of someone they had decided was a "lowlife criminal" and
seemingly undeserving of decency or respect. This is pandemic across the US.
The mentality here was one of sickening disregard for someone, and that would have to be considered manslaughter, not murder, unless the laws in the
state are different to almost everywhere else in the civilized world.
Unless there is a video (like the one seized from the restaurant, where quite mysteriously none of the officers remembered they had been) showing
those officers physically attacking him, they will not likely be able to prove anything greater than manslaughter.
Without the evidence to press the case, that prosecutor listing all of those charges has probably made the whole situation 10X worse than it would
have been. Now there is going to be a massive sense of injustice throughout the community, and likely across the country too. It's going to embolden
already psychologically damaged cops who think they'll always have someone watching over them ready to step in when they f-up, as well as enrage
millions of citizens who will instantly see this as a corrupt conspiracy by an organization of people they already do not trust one little bit.
I'm not sure what the time frame is likely to be on this, but people really do need to prepare for the worst here. I don't want to hype this up, and
I really don't want to start making excuses for the anger before anything has happened, but people will rightly be enraged over this, and it is not
going to be pretty. America has been building up the pressure in this bottle for a damn long time, doing nothing at all to fix these problems, it's
about to blow up in your faces big time.