Walking While Black
September 15, 2013 Leave a comment
The state of Florida has declared open season on young black males. Any white person, anywhere in Florida can open fire and kill a young black man; any white law enforcement officer can assault, arrest or physical intimidate black boys willy nilly and expect nothing will happen to them. If you don’t believe me just ask Bobby Wingate
Walking down the road, minding his own business, one First Coast man says he was assaulted by a Police Officer and thrown in jail for no reason.
When he was tried for the crime, a judge threw out the case half way through the trial.
Bobby Wingate said the incident occurred on Oliver Street in Arlington.
The last time Wingate walked down the road, he said he called 9-1-1 to protect himself from the police.
“He parked his car right up here near this curve,” he said as he pointed.
On a 9-1-1 recording of that night Wingate can be heard saying, “He said do I really want to fight him? I haven’t done anything wrong.”………
According to court papers uncovered by First Coast News at the federal courthouse, Wingate was walking down the road in December when a JSO Police Officer stopped him and asked to talk.
When he told the officer he was running late for an appointment, the officer cited him for walking on the wrong side of the road.
According to court papers the officer then hit Wingate in the face and engaged his Taser. That’s when Wingate called 9-1-1.
Wingate spent a night in jail, and the State Attorney’s Office took the case to trial.
He was charged with resisting arrest without violence, and walking down the wrong side of the road.
But in court, the officer testified he wasn’t sure what side of the road Wingate was on.
Before the defense could even present its case, the judge ruled that there was not nearly enough evidence to proceed and dropped the charges and the case against Wingate.
I am not a fan of police officers because repeatedly I read about how they abuse and assault citizen rights and this case with Wingate reinforces my prejudices that they are terrorists in communities in which they patrol….those of them who are bad anyway. However, what is interesting about this case revolves around another case and the prosecutor that both cases have in common.
Remember Trayvon Martin, the young man who was murdered by George Zimmerman? During his trial a medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao made assertions that buttressed the prosecution’s case, if the prosecution was really interested in bring Zimmerman to justice. However, Bao doesn’t think that was the case and was vocal about that saying the district attorney was sloppy, indifferent and proclaimed Martin got what he deserved. With those attitudes, according to Bao the prosecutor carried out a half-hearted case. His opinion of how the prosecutor conducted herself is what got him fired and as a result of his termination, he’s decided like Wingate to sue the prosecutor, Angela Corey.
Before Corey made national news by charging Zimmerman with murder for killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the state attorney was no stranger to calculated risks. She had already made a 12-year-old face first-degree murder charges.
She also put a woman in prison for 20 years for firing at, yet missing, an allegedly abusive husband, the prosecutor’s office says. Now, a growing number of critics describe her as a desperate prosecutor who regularly overcharges defendants and is more interested in making a name for herself than in seeking justice.
“She had the worst reputation in Florida for overcharging and the worst reputation with professional responsibility,” said Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor explaining why Corey should not have tried the Zimmerman case. “There are some great prosecutors in Florida and across the country. She’s not one of them.”
On the one hand Corey conducted a luke warm prosecution of a cold blooded murderer in George Zimmerman, fired a medical examiner who could have helped her case yet went after a man for walking on the wrong side of the street only to have that case thrown out by the trial judge. Is this indicative of the type of justice you can expect if you are a black man in Florida? It’s hard to think otherwise.
- Florida Man Tasered, Arrested for Walking While Black (colorlines.com)
- State investigating whether Angela Corey illegally fired Zimmeman witness (jacksonville.com)
- Angela Corey uses law to seek her version of justice (usatoday.com)