A trial date is expected to be scheduled in the case during today’s court appearance.
Asian Americans opposed to the indictment say he is being scapegoated .
They point to the fact that white officers accused in other police brutality cases have not similarly been indicted. That may have been true back in December, but it certainly isn’t true now.
The Akai Gurley case happened in December. Lets look at two other cases that have happened since then.
In February, a grandfather from India visiting his grandchild in Alabama was taking a stroll when he was stopped by police for questioning.
Police had received a call of a suspicious Black man in the area and stopped Sureshbhai Patel.
Officer Eric Parker is seen on a police camera slamming Patel into the sidewalk, severely injuring him and leaving him partially paralyzed.
Parker, a white police officer, faces federal charges and, if convicted, ten years in prison. A pretrial hearing is set for June 10, reports Al.com. Parker also faces separate charges in a district court.
On April 12, Freddie Gray died while in police custody in Baltimore for possession of an illegal switchblade which turned out to be a pocketknife legal under Maryland state law. Gray fell into a coma while being transported in a police van and the coroner ruled he died of spinal cord injuries.
Much attention to police abuse of Black suspects has happened since Ferguson and the death of Michael Brown. The increased attention may have resulted in greater vigilance on the part of grand juries and prosecutors.
That’s a good thing. As Asian Americans who have joined the cry for justice in the Black Lives Matters movement have said, shooting anyone without provocation should never be legal. If a mistake was made in one case, it doesn’t justify it being made in the next.
As blogger Jason Fong wrote “when you defend bad cops, incompetent police work, and a broken system that protects police misconduct, you don’t help our community. We deserve police who are competent, well-trained, and accountable.”