By Ronald David Jackson
Some Rules From The Prosecutor's Cover Up Playbook:
- Draw out the grand jury process as long as possible with the hope that anger over the killing will die down.
- Leak distorted information about the victim during the grand jury process to justify not indicting killer cops.
- Allow the cop to get in front of the grand jury to tell "his side" of the story and ask the killer police softball questions.
- Hide information about the killer cops' previous bad behavior while putting the victim's arrest record on full display.
- Refuse to demand blood and hair samples to test for drug use among killer cops, while leaking information about the drug use of the victim.
- When a non-indictment is announced, make sure you do it on or near a major holiday, on a weekend or on a Friday, or late at night, or during a very cold day in winter - all to reduce the possibility of widespread protests.
- Hide video evidence of the killer cop's guilt so as not to inflame the public and encourage protests.
- Fill the grand jury with pro-cop types, dumb people, or crazy people.
- Hide grand jury transcripts from the public so as not to reveal your cover up tactics.
- Give the grand jury bogus "legal advice."
- Refuse to give the grand jury a lesser charge with which to indict the killer cop, thus placing pressure on the grand jury not to indict because of the scarier sounding "murder" charge.
Prosecutor Robert McCulloch - The Mike Brown Case
Robert McCulloch didn't have a single prosecution of a shooting by police in his 23 years on the job. Four times he presented evidence to a grand jury in such cases and didn’t get an indictment and the Mike Brown case was his fifth failure. During the grand jury process McCulloch leaked secret grand jury information to the media which cast aspersions on Brown’s character - the New York Times was his favorite propaganda mouthpiece.
Prosecutor Timothy McGinty - The Tamir Rice Case
Timothy McGinty proved to be a master propagandist in favor of the killer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. During the grand jury proceedings he did his best to prepare the public for a non-indictment. He drummed up a couple of "independent experts" (a Colorado prosecutor and a former FBI agent) who found that the killer cop "acted within the law." McGinty admitted that it was highly unusual to publish such information in the middle of grand jury proceedings, but claimed, "We're trying to break that pattern." The job of a prosecutor is to prosecute, not to play the role of defense attorney for killer cops. You can be sure that if McGinty's "independent experts" had found the killer cop broke the law he would have shown no interest in "breaking any patterns."
Prosecutor Daniel Donovan - The Eric Garner Case
Daniel Donovan used the "big charge" trick during the grand jury process: he refused to ask grand jurors to consider a reckless endangerment charge in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner. Even though the prosecutor has total control over who gets to testify in front of the grand jury, the cop who chocked Eric Garner to death was allowed to get in front of the jurors and give an "I didn't mean it" sob story, something a prosecutor wouldn't allow to happen if he was actually after an indictment: "Most defendants don't even know grand jury proceedings are being brought against them, nor are they invited to testify in their own defense, former prosecutor Lalit Kundani wrote in the Huffington Post." The fact that choke-holds are illegal in New York (and most other jurisdictions) didn't seem to become a problem for the killer cop during these grand jury proceedings.
|Eric Garner with his wife, Esaw.|
Prosecutor Anita Alvarez - The Laquan McDonald Case
Anita Alvarez definitely knew a cop had committed cold blooded murder when he pumped 16 bullets into a mentally ill Laquan McDonald, many of the bullets coming after McDonald was already on the ground. Alvarez knew that the cop had committed cold blooded murder because she had a video tape, which she hid from the public until a court order forced her to hand over the tape.
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