Leid Stories—New Administration, Same Dual System of Justice, Especially for Killer Cops—05.03.17

It’s no secret that a different set of rules seems to apply when it comes to prosecuting killer cops. Indictments are hard to come by; prosecutors tend to undercharge; cases are routed through alternative channels such as administrative hearings; procedural errors deliberately are made during the course of a trial to make appeals easier; evidence and/or witnesses mysteriously cannot be located; and settlements are urged rather than having a jury hear the case, especially if conviction appears likely.

Several high-profile cases involving police killings of Black men recently have been declared closed, but questions abound about whether justice truly was served, given the disparate and sympathetic treatment accorded the killer cops.

It may be a new administration, says Leid Stories, but the old dual system of justice seems alive and well.

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