My Unarmed Son Was Killed by Police
As Told to MEL

You set up a good balance of understanding, and a desire to see the rightful outcome. I trust you. However, be careful who you entrust your representation. There are groups actively seeking these stories to use them as weapons to subvert justice.

Amazing that you find yourself in Jesus. That’s a difficult reality to accept.

I’m glad that the Kingdom of Heaven bridges the gaps like these and can lead hearing and reading into understanding and empathy.

The justice system is supposed to create this impartial review of police officers by their citizen peers. However, it doesn’t seem to work that way. And I don’t think a panel, especially one formed by parties with political interests, is a good replacement.

I’m wondering if we ought not create a separate branch of the court for the public to indict and a judge would give more weight to the public’s demand for a trial. I liken it to the way old Chinese dynasties would have a drum in front of the place of authority, and a common citizen with a complaint against an official could beat the drum to gain an audience with the king. Even the king had an adviser, setup by their father, that could punish the king without repercussion.

Unfortunately, even then, people don’t always get the feeling of justice that they want, because not every case will have the evidence to convict. That itself isn’t intended to be another branch on the tree of discrimination, so be careful about throwing it away. It is a purposeful thing built-in to the justice system to protect the innocent. Unfortunately abusers will leverage it to protect themselves, which is why more cameras are a good thing.

In many of the well-known cases. People became frustrated that the testimony didn’t appear to have much weight. However, the testimony was often very diverse, and so the court was forced to rely on physical evidence, which told a different story as well.

In the end, there isn’t always justice for the victims of crime. I won’t go into whether there is a systemic bias, that’s a polarizing discussion that I want to avoid. I will however say that the justice system weighs so much in favor of the accused. Which makes it frustrating for victims. It’s not just cases like these that have this level of frustration. Traditional cases like robberies and assaults have the same negligence.

Realize that for every case that gets national attention, millions of other cases are just like it and get no attention. I was almost selected for Grand Jury, I was amazed at how many cases are brought to the attention of the Grand Juries, and how little time the courts have to deal with these cases. Sometimes only 10 minutes decides whether a case goes to court. So, you add up 3–4 grand juries with up to 24 cases a day to judge. Then take into consideration that a trial lasts at least half a day, with only 10–30 judges in court to handle these cases, and you get an idea of how many cases fall through the cracks.

So, there must be a lot of hurting people out there that don’t get to face their accused in the courtroom.

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