In Ferguson, MO, the citizens are nervously and angrily awaiting the decision of a Missouri Grand Jury regarding whether or not the cop who wantonly murdered Michael Brown will be indicted for murder or not.
In Gretna, Florida a similar situation exists: there, members of yet another black family mourning the cop murder of one of their kids await the “verdict” of a Grand Jury decision as to whether or not a local cop will be indicted for the murder of a mentally ill unarmed youth – shot to death in his own home after his mother called the cops to help her handle her son’s refusal to go with her to a local hospital for treatment.
The likely outcome in both cases? The cops will be acquitted by the Grand Jury and the respective towns will quite justifiably erupt in anger against the grave injustice that has been committed by the police and a justice system in which there is no justice for workers – especially if they “happen to be black”. It is a fact of the U.S. Criminal Injustice System that even though prosecutors can get Grand Juries to indict 95% of the time, “somehow” they almost always fail to do so when the accused is a cop. “The fix is in” every time when it’s a cop facing a potential murder charge. We fully expect that the Mike Brown case in Ferguson, MO will not be an exception to this rule.
There is a famous legal saying that Grand Juries are so biased in favor of the prosecution that they could be expected “to indict a ham sandwich”. The Wikipedia article on “Grand Juries in the United States” quotes from “Eliminate the Grand Jury” a much-cited 1973 essay by the late William J. Campbell – a US Attorney and at one time the longest serving Chief Judge in the Northern District Federal Court in Chicago – in which he calls for the complete elimination of the corrupt Federal Grand Jury system: ” “[T]oday, the grand jury is the total captive of the prosecutor who, if he is candid, will concede that he can indict anybody, at any time, for almost anything, before any grand jury.” Campbell cites a famous study of the Grand Jury system by
A couple of months ago, a friend of ours was present at a local “temple” of notoriously racist justice here in Chicago’s Crooked C[r]ook County: the infamous Skokie Courthouse (where the conviction rate is an astoundingly Saddam-Hussein-regime-like 90 percent plus). There, he overheard two cops babbling to each other in the inimitable, timeless manner of all pigs throughout human history. When they started stupidly yapping about one of their recent experiences as a member of a Grand Jury in Chicago, he opened up his ears real wide and grabbed a notebook and started jotting down their priceless nuggets of pig-wisdom.
The babblers were a METRA cop who was just about to enter a courtroom and casually commit perjury in an extremely minor trespassing case (with the likely cooperation and approval of the crooked Crook County prosecutors seeking to maintain their scandalous .900-plus batting average); his interlocutor was a Crook County Sheriffs cop – the bailiff. Here is the edited conversation – they were already talking about service on a Grand Jury:
Crook County Bailiff (CCB): “It’s like a reunion – you know everyone there – ‘hey, how’s it going?’ ”
METRA cop (MC): “We heard 899 cases [over 5 weeks – June 2nd to July 3rd]. Not a bad gig. I had to testify before the Grand Jury 3 weeks before.”
CCB: [I’ve never been on one but my dad was a Chicago cop and he was on several. He said] it was real good money.”
MC: “Oh, yeah!”
Our friend could not resist asking the METRA cop: “Did you indict any ham sandwiches while you were there?” The bailiff looked at him and said “what?”
He apparently had never heard that one before. So our friend repeated the question. Both cops looked at him uncomprehendingly. Our friend, not wanting to miss the opportunity to pursue the question rephrased it: “Were there any cases that you did not indict?”
MC: “We can’t discuss anything about what goes on there.”
Our friend replied: “That’s OK: I already know the answer.”
[The cops resumed their conversation on other topics. This doesn’t relate to the Grand Jury but it’s interesting to see what motivates cops – it ain’t “serving the public”. – IWPCHI]
MC: “One of the drawbacks working as a cop for Chicago is you got to live in the city.”
CCB (agreeing): “Uh huh. You guys [meaning METRA cops] get to live anywhere you want.”
MC: “Yeah we’ve got guys living everywhere. We’ve got a guy who lives in Indiana, a K9 cop: [he’s got a] take-home car…”
MC: “Union Pacific [Railroad] cops get to take home an unmarked car… they’re considered management so they make in the 80’s to 90’s… [thousands of dollars a year – IWPCHI]. […] Lot of guys getting overtime tonight – Jay-Z/Beyonce concert. They work for SPI.” [most likely Security Professionals of Illinois]
[This is another good example of how nearly every story we research leads right into another seedy scandal that would bear investigating. Thanks to our limited resources, this one’s going to get a pass for the time being…]