over 24 hours ago, as the grand jury in the Tamir Rice shooting was
approaching its long-delayed but inevitable non-verdict that removed
Officer Timothy Loehmann
from the sphere of exaction, the US Marshall's Service was gingerly approaching escaped fugitive Ethan Couch in Mexico
These two stories were perhaps fated by the News Gods to break within
24 hours of each other as they seem to readily offer themselves up for
comparison. The comparison, of course, is how we treat rich white
criminals and innocent African American youth.
Couch, I'm sure you remember, was the Texas 16 year-old who'd gotten
high and intoxicated, stole his father's car and killed four innocent
people on a joyride. The Couch family attorney then infamously called to
the stand a psychologist who claimed young Ethan should not be treated
too harshly because of "Affluenza". This meant his ability to
distinguish right from wrong was impaired because of his parents'
coddling and refusal to set boundaries.
In Cleveland, Rice, a 12 year-old child, was gunned down last year
literally less than two seconds after Loehmann and another officer
arrived after a scared old white man called 911. He thought he saw a
scary black man with a gun (which he qualified by saying "it's probably
it took over a year for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office to
explain away how and why a black child was gunned down with no chance of
preventing his shooting and with impunity. Couch, and his mother,
decided two years of probation that had hardly impinged on his life or
freedom was more than enough of a price to pay.
Just to play Devil's Advocate for a moment, it's a crowning irony that
one of the two people harmlessly blamed for impairing young Ethan's
ability to tell right from wrong led him on this merry escapade to the
Mexican resort town (of course) of Porto Vallarta.
Here's the catch: Couch is no longer a wayward, badly-disciplined lad
of 16 but a young man of 18. If you don't know right from wrong by that
age, then you're officially a sociopath and deserve to have the book
thrown at you.
Justice For All But the Book is Lighter For Some Than Others
Here's the second catch: Despite his age, Couch's original conviction
is still technically in the juvenile criminal justice system. Not only
does this mean his juvenile records will be sealed should he commit more
offenses as a legal adult (And he will. Just think of Couch as George
Zimmerman with lots of unearned money), he might very well get off
relatively lightly... again. Because, according to Texas state law, "The
maximum sentence that a juvenile judge can dish out for a violation
of his juvenile probation is imprisonment in a juvenile facility until
Couch turns 19, which is April 11, 2016."
And if a rich white kid can get four months in jail for skipping
not just the state but the country because reporting to a PO for a few
minutes a week is too onerous an inconvenience, he could conceivably get
out even earlier than that with good behavior (That is, considering
this shark-eyed little psycho is even capable of good behavior).
Tamir Rice had no high-priced lawyer to blame his parents for raising
him so waywardly he was playing with a toy gun at a playground. That is
because Tamir Rice was mercilessly gunned down after a stupendously
flawed and hasty threat assessment and was killed before he even had the
chance to explain why he was holding a toy gun. If he actually reached
into his waistband on their arrival as the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor
kept insisting, perhaps the boy was merely attempting to show them it
was indeed a toy gun.
It's unclear whether or not this secretive grand jury even knew that Loehmann was so mentally unbalanced he was pressured out of his last department
after having an emotional meltdown on a gun range in the wake of his
girlfriend leaving him. Or that the Cleveland Police Department hired
this emotionally unstable man without even vetting him.
As a nice icing on the cake, it has been reported that Couch had been
given a nice little going away party before being rescued by Mommy.
I'm pretty sure Tamir Rice never had a going away party before he was
viciously gunned down by Timothy Loehmann any more than Couch's four
victims had time to assess their lives were in danger.