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

Graeme Bacque (
Tue, 20 Jul 1999 22:26:10 -0400

On 20 Jul 99, at 19:02, Tom Boland wrote:

> 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?

If the gun had been in the squeegeer's hand rather than the cop's 
you would have seen a completely different verdict in this particular 
case. Had this occurred in Toronto you probably wouldn't have even 
seen charges laid against the officer; much less a conviction.

As long as this kind of selective enforcement happens then the law 
is worse than useless. To be honest, the police violate the law on a 
much more frequent per capita basis than civilians, yet are charged 
and convicted on average far less frequently. The case where that 
NYC pig  was forced to plead guilty to the horrific sexual abuse of a 
Haitian man (who'd been wrongly arrested in the first place) was 
the exception rather than the rule as it is very rare for cops to 
testify against their colleagues.