NYC cop "not guilty" - shot homeless "squeegee man" - justice?

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 20 Jul 1999 19:02:03 -0700 (PDT)


Does the judge's acquittal of a police officer who shot a homeless man,
cited below, strengthen your faith that USA courts practice "equal justice
for all"?

If "the law" does not serve and protect poor people, then who or what will?

http://infoseek.go.com/Content?arn=a4037LBY627reulb-19990708&qt=%2Bhomeless&sv=I
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FWD  Reuters  July 08, 1999

NY COP CLEARED. SHOT ``SQUEEGEE MAN'' AFTER FIGHT

NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) - A judge on
Thursday found New York City policeman
Michael Meyer not guilty of assault in the
shooting of a homeless man following a fight
that began after Antoine Reid insisted on
washing his windscreen.

Bronx Supreme Court Justice John Collins,
acquitted Meyer of assault and reckless
endangerment, saying that he was not called
upon to decide whether his actions were wise
or prudent, but only whether Meyer's actions
were justified.

Justice Collins dismissed the most serious
charge of attempted murder and criminal use
of a gun against off-duty officer Meyer, 29,
on Tuesday.

Meyer was accused of shooting Antoine Reid,
38, the ``squeegee man,'' in the chest during a
struggle after Meyer got out of his car when
Reid tried to clean his windscreen in a traffic
jam last summer.

Police Commissioner Howard Safir said
Meyer remains on modified duty while
departmental charges are considered.

Meyer testified that he fired at Reid in self
defence.

Reid is suing the city for $100 million.

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