Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Justice For John T. Williams, Punishment For SPD Officer Ian Birk: Jail Is Too 'Nice' For Him!
Officals stated that this is NOT a criminal trial, or a forum for deciding if the officer was justifed in his actions (an SPD review already ruled the shooting "not justified"), but only a place for presenting the "facts" to a jury, who then recommend.
According to the Seattle Times, dated 1/11/10, "At the end of the inquest, jurors will answer a series of questions, including some likely to touch on whether Williams posed a threat to Birk. A final list of questions won't be prepared until the jury hears all the evidence. The jury's answers, which do not have to be unanimous, could indicate whether they believe Birk was justified. But the jury will not be asked to reach a criminal or civil legal finding. Its answers will be considered by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in determining whether a criminal charge against Birk is warranted."
These promises will remain empty, so long as "we, the people" (ha!), do not have real-world penalties that we can bring to bear upon those who assault and kill us in the name of a local, state, and federal goverment of a much larger social/political/economic system that is inherently destructive in its design and purpose. Indeed, why do we fixate on the symptoms, such as police terrorism, rather than the root cause?
As I have stated before, nothing short of armed struggle, as a specific on-going/continuous campaign of a much larger anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist/anti-oppression movement, will resolve the inequality of power between the police and the people, by resolving the contradiction between those who rule and those who are ruled.
at 9:22 AM