*Why does it seem the most prejudiced people in our society are in positions of authority where they can do the most damage?
There was the (now imprisoned) Pennsylvania juvenile court judge who sentenced first time offenders to jail time in exchange for kickbacks, the Massachusetts lab technician who tainted evidence bound for criminal court to increase convictions because she wanted the approval of her supervisors and the LAPD with a history of racism against other police officers and against the people they are sworn to protect simply because they can.
Now a Utah state trooper has been fired for arresting thousands of motorists for drunk driving without probable cause. On the job since 2002, Lisa Steed was named trooper of the year in 2009, the first woman to reach that status. And she became a member of the state’s special DUI unit because of her high arrest record. Why Steed’s DUI arrests – which amounted to more than double the amount for any other trooper in Utah – didn’t seem too good to be true and signal her supervisors that something was amiss sooner is now the subject of a possible class action lawsuit against Steed and the state. Maybe she did it to prove her strength in the tough world of law enforcement. Maybe probable cause meant nothing to her.
These are just four examples of why nobody should think that just because you’re innocent there’s nothing to fear and justice always will prevail.
If you find yourself being bullied by a law officer, convicted by tainted evidence or sentenced for a crime you didn’t commit you’re probably not the only victim. One thing Steed and the other law enforcement offenders have in common is they overestimate their power and underestimate the courage of some of the people they victimize.
From crooked cops to greedy judges and lazy employees, justice is only as blind as the people in charge of it. Even when you’ve done nothing wrong, you might find yourself at the mercy of people who don’t want to see you succeed and consider it their mission to see you fail. Put the odds in your favor and don’t tempt the crooked, greedy or the lazy, because justice is rarely – if ever – blind.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. Send comments, questions and speaking requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspect in vicious rape of Philadelphia woman walks toward his victim.
*The sick individuals in the world are on the rise this week. Women can’t walk the streets in the day or in the night for fear of an attack.
One woman was beaten nearly unrecognizable in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago. He is still at large and Philadelphia police are offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to his capture.
A surveillance tape reveals the victim walking a friend to the busstop, then walking home. The tape also shows the man walking up behind her (more…)
*Since becoming a household name in the entertainment industry, Tyler Perry has been quite vocal about his horrific childhood that included sexual assault and molestation.
Now he has taken the time to reach out to the 11-year old victim of the sick pedophile and former assistant coach of Penn State’s football team, Jerry Sandusky.
He wrote an open letter to the boy letting him know that he is not alone and how “courageous” he thinks he is.
He even refers to the boy as his hero because he displayed more courage than the adults that knew (more…)
*Rihanna’s “Man Down” video caused a stir with some folks and organizations such as the Parents Television Council because of its theme: a rape victim shooting down her rapist in cold blood.
Now jumping into the fray is actress Gabrielle Union, who was raped at age 19. Gabby chimed in via Twitter her thoughts about Rihanna’s controversial production:
“Saw “Man Down” by Rihanna. Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they’d like justice to be handed out. During my rape I tried to shoot my rapist, but I missed. Over the years I realized that killing my rapist would’ve added insult to injury. The DESIRE to kill someone who abused/raped you is understandable, but unless it’s self defense in the moment to save your life, [it] just ADDS to your troubles #mandown. I repeat SELF DEFENSE to save yourself/protect yourself, I’m ALL for. Otherwise victim/survivor taking justice into your own hands with violence equals more trouble for you!!“
Southern Union Community College in Opelika, Al., after shooting
*Another shooting rampage has occurred and this time not on one of the nation’s larger colleges, but a small community college in Alabama.
The school is closed today out of respect for the victim as well as to secure the campus and give the small school of 5,000 students a chance to process what has happened.
According to the Associated Press, the shooting occurred at Southern Union Community College Wednesday in Opelika, Al. Thomas Franklin May, 34, had eluded police (more…)
*This sounds like one of those Chevy Chase or Bill Murray movies where only the ludicrous can happen.
All of the neighbors on a block being attacked by a renegade gray squirrel? Unbelievable right? Well, it’s the truth Ruth!
Several people in one Vermont neighborhood can’t keep the savage beast off of them. (more…)