The autopsy examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, explaining the death was caused by compression of the neck and chest (Calabresi, 2014). Chokeholds have been banned in New York since 1993, however ‘experts’ explained that the video showed the officer using a “submission hold”, which is not prohibited (Shapiro, 2014). Although there has not been official academic publications or examinations on this particular case, one is able to see that issues regarding video evidence are still prevalent
Cops are indicted in less than one percent of killings compared to the rate of citizens which is ninety percent. Why policemen are not charged for a crime that is clear that they committed? For example, in Bridgetown, New Jersey on December 30th, 2014. Jerame Reid was shot by Braheme Days and Roger Warley. Reid advocated he would get out the car and on the ground ensuring the officers that he didn’t have anything but Days stated not to and made a remark, “Reid would be dead if he reaches for anything.” Officer Warley fired one shot and “did not hit anything” according to the prosecutor’s office but Days fired seven shots that struck Reid repeatedly.
On August 9, 2014, Tony Stewart hit and killed Kevin Ward, Jr. The accident took place at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. According to Holly Cain, after a thorough investigation, information was brought to a New York State Grand Jury in Ontario County. The Grand Jury decided that Tony Stewart did not purposely attack Ward, Jr. and was not indicted on either charge of second degree manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide. Holly Cain reveals, “[the Grand Jury] delivered their verdict in less than an hour.” Although Tony Stewart was not indicted on criminal charges, he will carry the guilt of the accident for years to come.
He did not get into trouble with the law until he submitted a recording of him administering a lethal injection to a patient. He was charged with second degree murder and sentenced 10 to 25 years. Some previous physicians spoke out against Dr. Kevorkian stating that not all his patients were terminally ill. This is the slippery slope that J. Gay-Williams talks about in his piece titled The Wrongfulness
The case of Raymond John Carroll is spread over decades and as it developed more witnesses came forward and better technology also developed. Carroll was accused of the murder of baby Deidre Kennedy. The trial started on the 18th of February 1985, he was found guilty by a jury 's verdict. Carroll appealed the verdict and was acquitted of the crime as the court of appeal found the forensic evidence couldn’t be relied upon as it caused a reasonable doubt. The prosecution also had no evidence to disprove that Carroll was not in Ipswich.
In the article, “From Trayvon Martin to Andries Tatane - Cognitive Dissonance and the Black Male Body [analysis],” author Gillian Schutte reflects on the ongoing issues of racial profiling and how many blacks are viewed as skin and surface level human beings. To connect this main point to a real life scenario, Schutte notes the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an innocent 17-year old boy who was walking home from a cafe, unarmed and posed no threat. Zimmerman, the gunman, viewed Martin as a threat, and proceeded to call the police five times to express his concern. Schutte addresses the issue that no matter where blacks are in society, they face danger from whites. Schutte describes how the people think the color of their skin determines their
In the book to Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper lee, the story of the loss of innocence and growing up is told thru a young girl, Scout’s eyes. A black man is on trial for raping a white woman in the south during the 1930’s Joan Robinson was found guilty despite the evidence that he could not have done the rape. No doctor was called, bruises on left side of face, no use of left hand and mayella kept changing the story. Even though Bob Ewell made the excuse to Atticus in the courtroom that he did not call a doctor because it was not necessary and that he had no money, his primary reason was because he needed time to think up a plan to get himself out of the mess he had caused. Tom Robinson is called to the witness stand.
Should attorneys use a confession from a client use that confession to free the wrongly convicted person from prison? According to court documents on January 11, 1982 a security guard for McDonalds in Chicago, Ill by the name of Lloyd Wyckliffe was killed; later police arrested Alton Logan after acting on a tip that he was the shooter (People v. Logan, 1991). Alton was convicted of murder by a jury and sentenced to life in prison. However, Alton was innocent and only three people knew of his innocence of murdering the security guard. The first person was the one who did the killing his name was Andrew Wilson.
In February 2012, a 28-year-old man followed a 17-year-old youth and killed him on a residential street. The youth hadn’t done anything; he did not commit a crime, and he hadn’t provoked the older man. He was shot simply because he seemed “suspicious.” This was the story of Trayvon Martin’s death in Sanford, Florida at the hands of George Zimmerman (Cooper). Zimmerman, the killer, is a white man while Trayvon was an innocent black youth. While Trayvon’s death was a tragedy, it was also an example of violent racism in the United States.
The man he is defending is innocent of the charge of rape by a man named Bob Ewell’s daughter. Through testimony at the trial to the jury, the girl simply kissed had a black man. Also, during the trial Atticus shows to the jury that the girl appeared to have been beaten by someone who used their left hand and Tom could not use his left arm at all, the jury still found Tom guilty. Tom was killed later trying to escape but Bob Ewell, wanted revenge against Atticus for making what he thought was a fool of him in
This was the highest record because the number of arrest was combined in like New York City, and Los Angeles. An example of false confession is shown in a episode of “Flash Point” on Netflix and the how basically tells us that there are young African American who gets charged for a murder of his girlfriend and he serves time in jail but at the end they figure out that he did not commit the crime . The guy wants justice; he wants to talk to his but his attorney who is shown as a Latino guy he tends not to show interest about his case. According to Innocence Project, about 75% of the DNA tells us that the cases that are involved an eye witness usually is the victim tend to be someone else, and 42% of the cases are racial. The percentage shows that most of the time the suspect is someone else who commits the crime or it is a racial crime.
Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was not charged or arrested at the time of the shooting because there was no evidence to refute his claim of self-defense. Zimmerman was acquitted for his crime and Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own
Even though Garner was unarmed, one of the police officers physically took him into custody by putting him in a choke-hold, which caused Garner to die from lack of air. The police officer was not charged for Garner’s death, even though Garner died from the result of the choke-hold. In July of 2015, Dylann Storm Roof, a white male, allegedly killed nine African-Americans in a shooting. However, in this case, the police officers reacted quite differently. Photographs show police officers “respectfully handling Roof, protecting him from photographers, and providing him with a bullet-proof vest” (Noman).
At her trail, detective Dennis Chapmen testified that finger prints on a pill bottle found at the crime scene after a level one basic comparison matched her prints. The detective did this despite lacking any training in conducting latent print comparisons. Regardless, he testified anyway. This was the only evidence against Canen and she was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in prison. After the conviction an attorney who believed that Canen was innocent took on the case.
In the courtroom here on Tuesday, the current district attorney, Johnson Britt (no relation to the original prosecutor), citing his obligation to “seek justice,” not simply gain convictions, said he would not try to prosecute the men again because the state “does not have a case.” Mr. McCollum was 19 and Mr. Brown was 15 when they were picked up by the police in Red Springs, a town of fewer than 4,000 people in the southern part of the state, on the night of Sept. 28, 1983. The officers were investigating the murder of Sabrina Buie, 11, who had been raped and suffocated with her underwear crammed down her throat, her body left in a soybean field. No physical evidence tied Mr. McCollum or Mr. Brown, both African-American, as was the victim, to the crime. But a local teenager cast suspicion on Mr. McCollum, who with his half brother had recently moved from New Jersey and was considered an