BREAKING: Cops found NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS in the beating death of Kelly Thomas.
The second photo is what Thomas looked like after the beating he received.
And here are related links, including to the video of the beating - witness as the defenseless homeless man pleads for his life and calls out for his father as he is brutally and senselessly beaten to death.
I’d wish that the murderous monsters would rot in hell, but that’s not enough justice. The jurors can rot in hell. The cops deserve far, far worse.
I’m still shaken by this.
According to the jury, this was not second degree murder, not involuntary manslaughter, not even excessive force. The jury decided that this was a completely acceptable amount of force by six separate cops using fists and boots and batons and tasers against a defenseless, non-violent, homeless schizophrenic who was even complying with unlawful orders.
This is the system we are forced to use in seeking justice. There are no competing courts or a market for adjudication to foster accountability. This is it. And it, once again, utterly failed. In addition - because of how this monopoly in protection, defense, and courts is constructed - a precedent has been set. Future incidents can refer back to this case.
If the courts continue to enable the police in harassing and beating and bludgeoning and stealing and raping and murdering with complete impunity, how long will the people continue to defend and support this corrupt, illegitimate system?
There is a breaking point. There must be. I just fear what it will take to reach it.
I just can’t post about anything else today.
This needs to be seen, and people need to get angry. I have been blogging on LA Liberty for nearly four years, and I have been very fortunate to gain thousands of followers. In my four years, I don’t think I’ve never asked for something to be reblogged, but this story needs to be shared and discussed by every one of you. We cannot allow others to remain ignorant of such a grave miscarriage of justice. As I’ve said: We cannot create with our hands what we first do not see in our minds. So first must come awareness, an acknowledgement of truth, before one can be expected to agitate against these injustices. Therefore, sharing and discussing this story are important first steps toward necessary change.
This needs to embarrass anyone who has ever said “but not all cops are bad.” Until you find me a cop who has both (1) never harassed, ticketed, arrested, or assaulted anyone allegedly violating some unjust legislation against peaceful behavior and (2) spoken out vociferously against the “thin blue line” that closes ranks around bad cops and enables bad behavior by publicly shaming the demonstrably bad cops and the unions and superiors who protect them, then I have no interest in that childish retort. There may be cops who are good people, but cops qua cops have been generally shown to be increasingly violent, corrupt, deplorable bullies who enforce disgracefully unjust laws.
This also needs to embarrass anyone who trusts “the system,” who finds comfort in the status quo.
We cannot allow the usual apologists to hide from this story. Wholesale change is in order.