Sep 16, 2015
Fault Lines Links: Sureshbai Patel Jury Deadlocked Along Racial, Gender Lines
Sept. 16, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Good morning, people. Here’s what you need to know.
- The deadlocked jury in Eric Parker’s trial were split 10-2 in favor of acquitting the police officer involved. The ten jurors voting for acquittal were white men; the two opposed were black women. Parker aggressively took out 57 year old Sureshbai Patel who was going for his morning walk at the time, partly paralyzing him. Assistant US Attorney Robert Posey says he will pursue a retrial of the case.
- NYPD union president Pat Lynch has released a scathing rant-letter to the public claiming that “all arm-chair judges” are “irresponsible, unjust and un-American” to give their opinions on James Frascatore’s brutal takedown of former tennis star James Blake. It’s nuts, but don’t take my word for it. You can read Ken Womble’s response here.
- The US government has handed a DC court 8 of 32 tapes showing their force feeding practices in Guantanamo Bay. The videos are evidence in hunger striker Abu Wa’el Dhiab’s case, who was held in the secretive, high-security prison from 2002 until 2014.
- Kamilah Brock, a black female banker, was put in a psych ward for a week after NY police refused to believe she actually owned the BMW she was driving. Unsurprisingly, she has decided to file a lawsuit against the city of New York.
- A bystander was shot by police during a standoff in California. Officers mistook Daniel Sanchez’s cell phone for a gun, shooting at him four times and hitting him once in the leg.
- Texan 9th grader, Ahmed Mohamed, was arrested for bringing homemade clock to school. Apparently his teachers believed it was a homemade bomb.