The Brown family attorney remarked that he wasn’t concerned about officer Darren Wilson’s Constitutional rights being upheld; only those of Mike Brown, because when a cop shoots and kills a black person, the cop isn’t charged. So, Wilson will be given the full benefit of the doubt; he will be treated as innocent until proven guilty; and he will be granted his Constitutional right of trial by jury. The Daily Caller reported:
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Michael Brown’s family, said on ABC’s “This Week” that he doesn’t worry about due process for Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot his client’s son.
HOST GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: It sounds like you’ve prejudged what the grand jury is going to say. You’ve already decided the process is unfair?
CRUMP: No, the process is completely unfair. Ninety-nine percent of the time, police officers aren’t charged when they kill young people of color. So when you look at the face of those overwhelming statistics and you think that we are upset because…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But let me ask the question — let me ask, what if there was a struggle. What if there was a struggle for the gun and the evidence shows that?
CRUMP: You know what, in America we have a constitution; you have a right to trial by jury. And I have no doubt if they were to indict the police officer, he would be guaranteed his full constitutional rights of innocent until proven guilty. He would get every benefit of the doubt. I don’t worry about the due process for Officer Wilson. I worry about the due process for the little black boy dead on the ground.
I think Crump is right in a sense. But it’s not limited to those who are black. Ninety-nine percent of the time, a cop who kills anyone of any race, won’t be charged. Maybe not quite that high of a percentage, but pretty high.
It’s very difficult to convict a cop of wrongdoing, unless his crime is so blatant, so egregious, and the evidence is so overwhelming that not convicting him just wouldn’t be plausible. So, even then, the judge may try to find a way not to convict, but he fears the people to some degree. Public outrage plays a role in these decisions. If no one outside the local purview of the case really knew anything about a particular wrongful death by a cop, perhaps the judge would be far more lenient toward the cop. But if the entire nation is watching, that’ll affect his judgment.
So, it’s not so much that if a cop kills a black person, he’ll likely get away with it. It’s that if a cop kills anyone regardless of race, he’ll likely get away with it, assuming the cop was truly guilty of a crime. In Mike Brown’s case, I guess the jury’s still out on the cop’s innocence. If the cop was acting in self-defense, then he wouldn’t be “getting away” with anything.