[Analysis] Murderous Cops With Past Offenses Walk, But Meek Mill Gets Years For Bulls**t?
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — This is larger than “probation violation.” He received more time than the combined number of murderous cops who have shed unarmed Black blood.
— HIP HOP FACTS (@iDailyRapFacts) November 8, 2017
LET THIS SINK IN
According to a previous When Rap Was Real report, Meek Mill was just sentenced to possibly 4 years imprisonment by Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.
— Danasia (@_TookyB) November 8, 2017
***Yes. Brinkley’s a sister!***
Brinkley also called Meek and his managers out for setting up shows outside of Philly — which was a no-go, according to his probation stipulations.
Essentially, Meek was attempting to keep his music career afloat — especially given the restrictions which Brinkley placed on his ability to work.
After too many “violations,” she became “fed up.”
BUT CHECK THIS OUT
Meek Mill’s situation is straddling the fence of a category called “recidivism.”
According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), recidivism “refers to a person’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime.”
“Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, reconviction or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner’s release.”
If you think about it, the conditions of Meek’s probation were basically personal sanctions.
***He legally couldn’t leave Philly. That means, his income was limited — which also means his team’s income was ideally sanctioned as well. Everybody knows that artists make the bulk of their income from touring.***
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) November 8, 2017
Yet, if recidivism applies to Meek Mill in such a degree that he gets up to 4 years in prison, why doesn’t the same apply to police officers who have received repeated complaints regarding offenses such as harassment, police brutality, and excessive force — SPECIFICALLY those ending the lives of unarmed Black men, women, and children?
Officers have literally murdered unarmed civilians on camera. But, they’ve “SOMEHOW” gotten away with “not guilty” verdicts — even in the midst of video evidence.
That’s “criminal behavior,” as the definition dictates. The officers “undergo intervention” via “administrative duty” or “administrative leave,” including mandatory therapy or counseling.
Nonetheless, they also relapse just like parolees.
POLICE OFFICERS WITH PAST TENDENCIES ALLOWED TO WALK
Remember Darren Wilson? He’s the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
— Michael Micklow (@MichaelMicklow) August 16, 2017
Well, according to Washington Post, what they didn’t tell you is that — three years prior — Wilson was part of a police force so corrupt that the Jennings city council had to disband the entire department.
That’s when he found a job with Ferguson police. And, unfortunately, Michael Brown had the fatal displeasure of meeting Darren Wilson.
How about Daniel Pantaleo? He’s the officer who choked Eric Garner to his death.
Daniel a Pantaleo should resign! pic.twitter.com/woJ1wcPH9b
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You see, Pantaleo — according to U.S. News — was sued for misconduct three times prior to Garner’s death.
The source says, between 2009 and 2013, Pantaleo’s precinct had 23 complaints substantiated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board — reportedly, the second highest in the city.
Who could forget Timothy Loehmann? The officer who instantly shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
— ResistandStayWoke (@ResistStayWoke) May 31, 2017
Here’s an officer who was LITERALLY deemed “unfit for duty,” as reports Los Angeles Times. Before working for Cleveland police, Loehmann worked in Independence for a small, suburban police force.
The police department was in the process of firing him. But instead, he quit. Then later, he found a job with Cleveland police.
That’s when 12-year-old Tamir’s life ended in 2014. Yet, did they fire him?
Nope! Not immediately, anyway. He wasn’t fired until this year, frickin’ 3 years later, according to New York Times.
Yet and still, being fired is still not an indictment, charge, or conviction!
Let’s talk about Blane Salamoni, the one who shot and killed Alton Sterling in Louisiana.
— Heavy.com (@HeavySan) May 2, 2017
According to Chicago Tribune, he had a history of “excessive force” complaints in his repertoire prior to Sterling’s murder.
Here’s Betty Jo Shelby, the officer who killed Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Of course, she was acquitted like all the others.
While she didn’t have a complaint history with the department, she had a history of personal restraining orders against her.
According to NBC News, one from an old boyfriend and one from her ex-husband’s new wife for harassment.
While Jeronimo Yanez got off free for killing Philando Castile — along with a separation settlement of $48,500 in his pocket — it seems that Castile wasn’t the first to witness the former officer’s panicked, trigger-happy countenance.
— ResistandStayWoke (@ResistStayWoke) July 13, 2017
According to City Pages — news curator for the Minneapolis area — musical artist Mayda Miller recalls her and her brother’s encounter with Yanez.
Miller says Yanez had her 27-year-old brother, James Miller, at gunpoint in the same area, in a similar situation.
The source says James was driving home and passed by Yanez as he was engaged in a traffic stop aside the road.
According to the police report, as notes City Pages, James passed close enough that Yanez felt a gust of wind from the vehicle. Yanez wrote in his report as follows.
“The vehicle almost killed me. I screamed because I had no place to move as the vehicle screamed by me. I thought that I was going to die.”
So, Miller says Yanez forgot all about the current stop and decided to pursue James instead.
— City Pages (@citypages) June 27, 2017
While chasing him, Yanez noted that he thought he saw James reach for something between the console and the floorboard.
“I believed that he was reaching for a weapon and was in fear for my life AGAIN.”
Yanez reportedly approached the vehicle with is gun drawn and arrested James, charging him with third-degree DWI. Mayda’s brother is currently on probation and only avoided jail time by paying a fine and taking classes.
And as it turns out, he only had a small pocket knife on him at the time of the arrest.
— Claude Peck (@claudepeck) July 11, 2017
DO YOU SEE THE PATTERN HERE?
These officers have a blatant history of biased judgment, excessive force, as well as personal issues that would assuredly make them “unfit for duty.”
Yet, they continue to get passes for their crimes from the “fearful majority” as their jurors.
When will recidivism-like repercussions start to take affect within corrupted and complaint-filled police departments?
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