Not everything the public calls crazy, psychiatrists call crazy. And not everything we call murder is technically murder in terms of the law.
However, sometimes the intuition of the layperson understands something people trained in law may be blind to.
Three officers storm an apartment. Shots are fired. A Black woman dies.
Her family was just rewarded an astronomical amount of money as solace and changes in the way this department works were promised (again).
NB: This money is not paid by the police but by the public!
Today a court case against one of the police officers got approved. He’s not accused of murder because, for that, you need to try and kill someone. It’s called deadly endangering human life because he shot through a curtain, knowing people were behind it. I would claim it’s not so simple.
1. When firing indiscriminately into a crowd, you also don’t try to kill anyone in particular, but it’s still murder.
2. Three people were behind the curtain, so he endangered three people? Why not charge him with every bullet he fired, ten in total?
3. US Police firing a firearm would not have happened so easily in a White neighborhood. If found guilty of murder or manslaughter, the penalty should be doubled on grounds of racism. Pretending equality in the mindset of White officers entering a Black or a White neighborhood is racist because it denies the difference, the bias that has cost so many lives of non-Whites in the US already.
The protesters, livid about the low charges (5 years maximum for each of the 3 endangered people) are right. They may lack the legal understanding or lingo, but they’re right on target in their judgment of the situation.
The crazy thing is that the allegedly trigger-happy cop didn’t fire the bullet that killed Breonna Taylor. That happened by the other two officers but under Kentucky law, they were allowed to fire because her boyfriend had shot at them when they stormed the apartment. Never mind that when people break into your apartment, what are the inhabitants supposed to do? Set coffee for the intruders? They said that they announced to be police but none of the neighbors heard that. A CNN senior investigative journalist commenting calls the raid incredibly sloppy police work.
The law must be changed as it is racist not to take racism into account.
Lady Justice sometimes must peek under her blindfold. That’s right.
Black Lives Matter that much.