There is no way that much of what happens in the criminal system would be tolerated if it were happening to people who looked different or had more power. The same activities, depending on who’s doing them, are seen as morally culpable or morally praiseworthy, even.
The idea of drug laws being enforced on my law school’s campus, for example, in the same way that they are enforced down the street would be laughable. And this goes for virtually any law you can think of.
The way that law is enforced reflects distributions of power in our society. It’s the same way that people are routinely arrested and jailed for street gambling, but it’s acceptable to gamble over international currencies and global supply of wheat, even though gambling over
the global supply of wheat has caused starvation for tens of millions of people. Laws are enacted and enforced on those the vulnerable in our society, meaning that the way a law is enforced reflects distribution of power in society.
With calls for new laws, think about how laws are applied, what is considered criminal, and who is ultimately the “criminal.” Laws will never be applied neutrally or equally in the criminal system we have currently & will be used to hurt the most vulnerable in our society.

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24 Nov
Reminder: They weren’t arrested when police saw the video, or when the first DA saw the video, or when second DA saw the video. They weren’t arrested and charged until we saw the video.

Public accountability did this.
The system acted as it always does, shielding, protecting and insulating their own. It’s bc of public outrage that it wasn’t able to.
More how the system tried to hide this here
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24 Nov
Yes! But not just *one* DA (Brunswick DA Johnson) but the second DA after Johnson recused herself, Waycross DA Barnhill, immediately defended Johnson’s refusal to file charges and refused to file charges saying “legal shooting clearly legal under Georgia law” of “suspect.”
Even after the video was later released to local radio station by Gregory McMichael and his attorney, Alan Tucker, and national outrage ensued DA Barnhill refused to file charges and defended his refusal with this statement: in ‘hot pursuit,’ of a burglary suspect, with solid
firsthand probable cause, in their neighborhood, and asking/telling him to stop.“ Stating it a legal citizen’s arrest and legal shooting in self defense. “Under Georgia law, this is perfectly legal.” It wasn’t until his conflict was revealed and demands for his recusal that the
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24 Nov
That Gregory McMichael personally delivered the video to a local radio station to show a lawful citizens arrest occurred that led to public pressure for charges and was star witness in the trial sending his own son and himself to prison for life…

This is why you stfu.
A prime example on why criminal defense attorneys tell you to shut up and say nothing but “I do not want to speak, I want my attorney.”

(P.s. Gregory was acting on the super stupid advice of his lawyer, a personal injury attorney who has no business advising on criminal matter)
The personal injury lawyer above thought the video would show a valid citizens arrest and would calm the community and neighborhood down.

Narrator: it did not in fact calm the community and neighborhood down.
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24 Nov
Remember the DAs office was tainted from jump, the DAs office resisted charging the McMichaels and told the police not to arrest them. This verdict isn’t the result of a system working as it should but public pressure against the
criminal system which worked overtime (both prosecution and cops) and committed crimes to protect 3 white men from the consequences of murdering a Black man. This verdict isnt evidence that the system works rather, if you look closely, evidence that it is propped
up by white supremacy and had there not been intense public pressure here there would be no accountability for these men.

This protection and misconduct happens in cases behind closed doors all the time. Think about why the ADAs thought they could do this with no repercussions.
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24 Nov
I need y’all to remember these cases had different facts. A case is won and lost on facts. The smallest fact can make one case winnable for defense and the other a complete lost cause.
Besides that, y’all this wasn’t necessarily a better Jury pool. For many reasons the jury pool here was arguably worse. This was an almost all white jury in the south, in a small rural county…tell me how you get that this jury was better?
And the judge?! You mean the judge that allowed defense to only have one Black juror seated? The judge who denied the prosecutors Batson challenge when defense used strikes against 11/12 Black jurors? That judge? There’s not a single fact to support either of these claims.
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24 Nov
Verdict for killing of Arbery: Travis McMichael guilty of one count of malice murder and four counts of felony murder.

William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. found guilty of felony murder.  

Jurors convicted him of felony murder but acquitted him of the malice murder charge.
Gregory McMichael has been found guilty of felony murder.  

Gregory, Travis and Bryan now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  

All three have federal trial in February on federal hate crime charges, which include interference
attempted kidnapping and using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
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