The American (in)Justice system has claimed any trust in the willingness of the State to deliver Justice.
What most people (and activists) miss, is this extends to the Civil Courts.
Black Americans don’t have a lot of faith in the justice system, and history is on their side.
Aaron Sims knew a manslaughter conviction in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was a long shot.
“There’s no justice,” the West Baltimore resident told The Huffington Post.
Sims believed Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of six to be tried in Gray’s death, would likely be convicted of misconduct in office. But he figured Porter’s attorneys would maintain that the officer was simply doing his job and that the more severe charges — involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment — wouldn’t hold up.
Sims was right. After deliberating for three days, a jury informed Judge Barry G. Williams that its members couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four charges against Porter — including the most serious charge of manslaughter. Williams declared a mistrial.
Jurors split 11 to 1 in favor of acquittal on the most serious charge of involuntary manslaughter, according to The Baltimore Sun. The jury split 8 to 2 in favor of acquittal on second-degree assault, 7 to 3 in favor of conviction on reckless endangerment and 10 to 1 in favor of conviction on misconduct in office.
Cynicism like Sims’ is common. Forty-seven percent of African-Americans said they believed the officers would be punished too leniently, according to HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in December while the trial was ongoing.
And 70 percent of black Americans believe the judicial system is unfair, based on data from a 2013 Pew Research Center survey.
Why do black people expect so little from the justice system? Experience. …Read the Rest Here…