(18g) Difference in treatment of white and black people
For many people, a surprise decision by an American court: white people involved in an armed standoff that ended with fire exchange with police officers were not convicted and are allowed to walk free while the police accepts the verdict. And thus it is no surprise that black people are angry.
A white family won a court case
- Unarmed Mr Eric Garner sold cigarettes on the street of N.Y. and for this reason police officers constrained him using an illegal method that resulted in his death. The man didn't use violence against the police nor did he carry a weapon. Video footage shows what happened. Court decision: white police officer not guilty. Black Lives Matter protests afterwards while police officers were angry because the mayor made comments the police considered as criticism.
- Twelve year old black boy Tamir Rice played with what seems to be a gun although the person calling the police mentioned it may be a toy gun. An adult white police officer arrived and didn't seem to know how to handle the situation professionally so he killed within seconds after his arrival the black boy. Video footage shows what happened. Court decision: white police officer not guilty. Black Lives Matter protests afterwards.
- A passer-by filmed how Mr Walter Scott, while running away from a police officer was killed because the officer shot eight bullets in his back instead of stopping him by for instance shooting in his leg if the officers considered violence was necessary. Video footage shows what happened. Court decision: trial is about to start but already there is a warning that there is more to the story than the video shows. Still, justice needs to be trusted.