Can Cops Get a Fair Trial in America?

Michelle Malkin,

Lock your doors. Hide your children. Police officers, be on alert:

Al Sharpton’s cop-bashing circus is back in full swing.

Harlem’s godfather of racial hoax crimes is in Oklahoma this week to stir up trouble as jury selection begins in the manslaughter trial of Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby.

Shelby is white. Terence Crutcher, the man she shot and killed during a tense traffic standoff last fall, was black. That’s all the demagogue demolition team needs to know. Damn the facts. Screw due process. Powder up Showbiz Al and hustle over to the media tent.

Lights, cameras, agitate!

Sharpton’s “prayer vigil” isn’t about expressing faith in God. It’s about stoking the fires of identity politics at the altar of social justice. Sharpton’s no man of peace. He’s the fetid pile of human manure who ruined New York prosecutor Steven Pagones’ life with the incendiary Tawana Brawley rape hoax. He stoked anti-Semitic hatred in Crown Heights after a tragic car accident — leading to the frenzied mob murder of rabbinical student Yankel Rosenbaum. He has inveighed against “crackers” and cracked jokes about “offing the pigs.”

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Also headlining the self-serving service in Tulsa this week: Sharpton’s rabble-rousing heir and fellow race fabulist, Benjamin Crump. He’s the Florida-based celebrity lawyer for the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown families who gained international notoriety perpetuating the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lie. Crump first parachuted into town last fall to snatch up the Crutcher family as new clients and to instigate protests outside Tulsa police headquarters demanding Officer Shelby’s scalp.

Nearly 200 marchers wielded “Black Lives Matter” signs and screamed “Fire Betty!” before a police investigation was complete. Others waved “white silence is violence” posters or a photo of a police badge labeled “License to Kill.” One protester took to the microphone to declare that “a good white man is a dead white man.”

The agitation worked. Tulsa District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler rushed to file charges before the lead homicide detective in the case had finished his work — an obvious attempt to appease the unappeasables and avoid the next Ferguson.

Make no mistake: When the social justice warriors crusade for “immediate justice,” they’re not asking for proper adjudication in the courts. They’re demanding an immediate guilty verdict, retribution, and a big, fat civil rights lawsuit settlement.

Until the Shelby case, police under fire remained silent as the social justice mob hijacked the courts of law and public opinion. But Shelby and her lawyers fought back. She sat down with “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker last month to describe her state of mind during the encounter with a noncompliant Crutcher, who had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system at the time of his death. She adamantly insisted race was not a factor in the shooting and described the “lynch mob” atmosphere in the days since she was charged and put on administrative leave.

Crump and Sharpton faced no admonitions for their pre-trial antics. But after Shelby’s TV appearance defending herself, the judge in the case issued the police officer and her legal team a reprimand. This is maddening.

Cops are damned if they do speak up and damned if they don’t.

Two years ago, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was advised by his trial lawyer to stay quiet before and during his chaotic trial on trumped-up sexual assault charges by a parade of shady women who are now clients of Benjamin Crump’s seeking high-dollar civil rights awards. Several of these convicted felons gave interviews or testified while high, couldn’t identify Holtzclaw or his patrol car from photo line-ups, misidentified his race, hair color, height, and weight, and changed key details of their stories after being approached and coached by confirmation bias-driven detectives.

Holtzclaw, against his every instinct to defend his character and reputation, was told to keep quiet while accusers lied, prosecutors smeared, and disrupters shouted “Give him life!” and “Racist cop!” and “Racist jury!” Seven phones were confiscated from people taking photos in the courtroom, including images of jury members.

The judge in the case, Timothy Henderson, knew for weeks before trial that the city had granted a permit for protesters to occupy the steps and streets outside the courtroom. He lamely confessed that he didn’t “know really what can be done other than to admonish the jury to disregard” the commotion. He and city officials claimed to be powerless to stop the sabotage of Holtzclaw’s right to a fair trial — sabotage that they enabled.

This week, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals rejected a motion by lawyers Randy Coyne and J. Christian Adams to submit an amicus brief in the Holtzclaw case on the dangerous hijacking of the courts by the social justice mob. Their message deserves to be heard.

“There is a First Amendment right of free speech. There also is a First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. But for outsiders at a criminal trial, there is no First Amendment right to petition the jury and browbeat it into delivering one’s preferred verdict,” the lawyers from opposite sides of the political aisle argued.

If real justice surrenders to social justice in the courtroom, we all lose.

  • DrArtaud

    Michelle Malkin, can police get a fair trial in the U.S., please, you’re credulity is showing. And to use Daniel Holtzclaw’s case to base your article on is as pathetic as it goes.

    In another comment I wrote the other day, I discussed Conservatives inability to criticize certain groups. One Conservative protected group is police.

    Some ground rules for understanding the issue.

    1. There are many jobs more dangerous than police. Of the top 10, police come in as 10 or 11, leaving at least 9 other jobs more dangerous. We cannot cut police a break merely on the danger of their job unless we’re going to cut farmers, electricians, deep sea lobster fishermen, etc. a break.

    2. By maintaining this myth that police are all good, we risk our children or grandchildren being harmed by a group they trust would never hurt them. People are people, though a great many really decent people become police, a significant amount of psychos do to.

    3. By constantly holding police blameless, we encourage more wreckless behavior on their part. Does it make sense to anyone to hold a criminal responsible for killing a police dog similarly to having killed a person, but then say it’s OK for police to kill family pets that are doing what comes natural to them in protecting their home and owners. This is especially true when police are at the wrong address and kill the pets of someone totally innocent, or kill pets that are fenced in and incapable of reaching the police, just because they can? If they do it wrongfully, they should be held as responsible as someone that kills a police dog.

    Video: Colorado Cop Body Slams 100lb Handcuffed Teen Face First – Police Brutality

    Article: Investigation Finds Officer Used Excessive Force On Teenage Girl

    Article: Former Montville police officer charged in rape of 7-year-old girl at University Hospital

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A former Wayne County probation officer and former Montville police officer was indicted this week on charges of raping a 7-year-old girl while at University Hospital.

    A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted 34-year-old Carl Kannenberg Tuesday, charging him with four counts of rape in which he is accused of sexually assaulting the young girl several times.

    Three counts happened during an incident at University Hospital in February while his victim was wearing a hospital gown, according to the indictment. A fourth occurred prior to that at another location.

    Kannenberg, of Brunswick, was arrested July 12.

    He was not working at the hospital at the time the attacks occurred, but was visiting a patient there, Joe Frolik, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said.

    Hospital personnel helped report the incident to police, according to Frolik.

    Followed by a seemingly protracted trial period, his release without bail, surprise, the case is dismissed. Wow, strangely enough, having spent an hour just trying to find the outcome of the case, there is no information at all on why it was dismissed. Indeed, having been arrested, he “resigned” but the chief assures us it had nothing to do with the charges.

    Article: Connecticut police officer that handcuffed & raped teen gets insultingly low sentence

    ….former Trumball police officer William Ruscoe began a drastically reduced 30-month prison sentence for handcuffing and raping a teenage girl in his home. The 45-year-old Ruscoe, who resigned from the police department following his arrest and later pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault, blamed his crime on financial problems that made it hard to support his wife and two children and a lack of support from the state’s criminal justice system – he claimed a man who threatened him with a gun was released on probation…..

    …..Ruscoe pleaded with the court to give him a downward departure in sentencing from the 6-year prison term he agreed to in his plea bargain. “Please show them (his children) the justice system their daddy worked to uphold for nearly 20 years is also fair and compassionate,” Ruscoe urged the judge. State’s Attorney John Smriga added that he felt the agreed upon plea deal of a 6-year sentence was appropriate for the crime committed by Ruscoe. “It’s not that he (Ruscoe) just had a bad day, this was an action that was planned out,” said Smirga.

    The teenage victim was part of the department’s Explorer program, which provides educational training for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement with community service based activities. The proclaimed goal of the program is to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities. Ruscoe served as an advisor for the Trumball Police Department’s explorer program, now known as the Trumball Police Cadet Post.

    The teen told state police that after she had taken her physical exam…..Ruscoe expressed a desire to have a sexual relationship with her and began to text her. The texts from Ruscoe detailed things he wanted to do with the teen sexually and professed his love for her. In June….Ruscoe picked the teen up at her home and drove her to a scenic overlook….where he gave her a silver bracelet that read, “Made with Love,” and then tried to kiss her….On another occasion, the teen said Ruscoe showed up drunk at her home and groped her.

    In the fall of 2013, she and Ruscoe worked security at a Battle of the Bands event at Trumbull High School. After the event Ruscoe drove her to his Trumbull home. Ruscoe became upset when the victim rebuffed his sexual advances, he then slammed his service weapon down on the kitchen counter and ordered her upstairs to his bedroom, grabbing his handcuffs on the way up the stairs, according to the affidavit. Once in the bedroom he pulled off the teen’s cadet uniform and, over her many protests, sexually assaulted her…..

    “I was completely betrayed by someone I looked up to as a role model,” the girl told the judge. “I still wake up in a pool of sweat after having a nightmare where I yell stop and no, the two words I yelled that night at him.”

    Stunningly, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin, told the victim and her family, “I know you have really been traumatized by this situation. But I ask you, when you walk out of this courtroom, leave it here. There is a path forward for you and you have what you need to go forward.”

    Michelle Malkin, do police ever get fair trials? To me, the question is are they ever prosecuted commensurate with their offense? From my perspective, I’d say no, they’re released again and again to harm people, all in the name of the “brotherhood”. We should respect our citizens more than that, apparently we don’t.

    And by all means, Conservatives, criticize as needed, do not hold blind allegiance to any group. If someone in that group has issues, has wronged people, it needs addressed. Though patriotism is specifically mentioned below, this can be applied to Conservative’s protected groups. Stand by people deserving of such, do not stand by simply because they belong to a protected group.

    “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” Teddy Roosevelt.

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    You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. Ayn Rand.

    • Jean A.

      Bet if you are ever in danger, you call for the police to save you. And bet that even though you are an idiot who doesn’t think blue lives matter, they do their best to save you. God bless America, and God bless the men and women in blue.

      • DrArtaud

        My my, the truth hurts, doesn’t it? In Conservative circles, the truth about some police never gets out. I stand by good police, not bad.

        You’ve made some willingly deceptive comments. Since I provided proof about “some” police brutality, and rape, can I suppose that you hate the Constitution? We have rights, these rights are not suspended at the caprice of police. It’s an unwillingness to address bad policing that further empowers bad police. Emphatically, I do not support police shooting innocent men, women, children, and dogs. Sorry, that’s a character flaw of mine. Notice I said “innocent” victims. By believing police work to be infinitely dangerous, somehow we look the other way when police shoot a man with two handguns and a shotgun because the police mistook a garden hose nozzle he was holding for a gun. Oops. Or this one:

        Graphic Video: Milton Hall shooting: Police fired 45 rounds into homeless man, newly-public dashcam footage shows

        7 police shoot a mentally disturbed older black man 45 times using handguns and an assault rifle for possessing a pen knife and walking towards them from a distance, and these cops were acquitted, seriously? Have they ever heard of mace or nightclubs?

        I have a video link to a cop that tries to kill a woman’s dog on the sidewalk, but slips and kills the woman in front of her toddler. The dog was wounded, taken for veterinarian care, and released back to the woman’s husband after it was determined not to be aggressive.

        Or the cop that was intimidated by the family dog, in the family’s house, that shot to kill the dog but hit a 3 to 5 year old child in the leg instead?

        Or the……there’s hundreds and hundreds of videos and stories of bad police that repeatedly are defended by the FOP and returned to work. One woman cop, with 19 years of service, attempted to stop her partner officer from needlessly choking a man and he punched her in the face. The police fired her and kept the bad cop, that later tried to needlessly choke another suspect and punched another cop in the face. They finally “retired him” but denied the woman officer that he hit her twenty year pension even though she was in her 19th year. This “brotherhood” stuff needs to end. Conservatives hate all unions but the police union, I find that a little strange.

        It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

        Everyone Should Support Police Accountability

        Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal

        Best regards.