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More Cop-Brutality Acquitted On The Left Coast

This from the Los Angeles Indy
L.A. IMC calls it "Rodney King Repeated."

I won't say that directly myself, personally.

At least not, outloud.

But I'm thinking along those lines, aren't you???

Can't help it.

Here's the text from L.A. Indy. Make up your own mind.
And be sure to follow their links at:

 http://la.indymedia.org/news/2003/07/75189_comment.php#75190

as well.

marco

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Once Again, A Los Angeles Jury Fails To Convict In Video Taped Police Brutality

Defense Attorney John Barnett can add another notch in his breifcase. For the second time in his career, he succeeded in deflecting accountability for a police officer that was caught on tape obviously brutalizing an African American. The first time was when he successfully got a state court aquittal for Theodore Bresino, who was clearly seen stomping on Rodney King during the savage beating.

This time he achieved an aquittal for officer Bijan Darvish for filing a false police report about the assault on the then 16 year old Donovan Jackson. Barnett succeeded in defending officer Jeremy Morse, who can clearly be seen brutalizing Jackson in the video. A hung jury, with 7 jurors voting Morse guilty and 5 not guilty, resulted in a mistrial for the charge of assault under color of authority . Only one juror was Afro-American.

"We got it on video. We get it on tape and STILL NO JUSTICE!" declared one outraged citizen who followed the trial closely. "This is Rodney King all over again!" said another. These community leaders and others have called for "PEACE AFTER THE VERDICT" and, with the police on tactical alert, there have thus far been no major incidents of violence reported by the authorities.

Also like the Rodney King incident, this case isnt over after the first judgement. A hearing is schedualled on Sept 22nd to determine if there will be a retrial. Also like the King incident after that kangaroo court, there is still litigation pending in the civil courts. Morse and Darvish have responded with audacity by filing a racial discrimination suit against the Inglewood police dept. They claim that they are being singled out unfairly because they're white while a black officer present (who did not physically participate in the brutality) recieved more lenient treatment.

The amateur videographer that took the footage, Mitchell Crooks has posted some relevent facts along with biting sarcasm that you will not see in the mainstream media. For more info on the problem of police brutality in Los Angeles, check out a repost of an la imc story and cartoon originally published shortly after the incident in the summer of 2002.

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marco writes mostly for mke indymedia.

 http://mke.indymedia.org
Try, Try, Again 30.Jul.2003 19:36

At First

L.A. Officer to Be Retried in Videotaped Arrest Case
Wed July 30, 2003 08:27 PM ET
By Gina Keating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors said on Wednesday they will retry a white former Inglewood police officer accused of slamming a black teenager onto a squad car during a videotaped arrest last summer, saying the case must be resolved for the community's sake.

A jury deadlocked over the single felony charge of assault under color of authority against former officer Jeremy Morse on Tuesday, and the judge declared a mistrial.

A bystander videotaped Morse slamming 16-year-old Donovan Jackson against the trunk of a police car and punching his face during an arrest last summer at a gas station in Inglewood, a Los Angeles suburb. The teen was handcuffed at the time.

Morse's attorney said the officer used force after Jackson, who is mentally disabled, resisted arrest and squeezed Morse's crotch.

The six-man, six-woman jury split 7 to 5 in favor of convicting Morse, but acquitted his former partner, Bijan Darvish, of a felony charge of writing a false police report.

The announcement of a retrial came hours after activists in the largely black community of Inglewood strongly urged District Attorney Steve Cooley to retry the case.

"Finish the case off, you started it," activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson said at a news conference outside the Inglewood Police Department.

Najee Ali of Project Islamic HOPE predicted that Cooley would meet with electoral consequences if he tried to settle the case. "If Steve Cooley wants to be re-elected, he better make sure he refiles charges against Jeremy Morse or he'll be out of office."

Prosecutors had been expected to announce their decision about whether to retry the case at a Sept. 22 hearing, but Cooley announced on Wednesday that a retrial would proceed as quickly as possible to give the community closure.

"There is no reason to wait," Cooley said. "The evidence is there. The witnesses are ready."

Cooley praised the citizens of Inglewood for remaining calm after what, to them, was a disappointing result of the 10-day trial.

The Morse case drew comparisons to the 1992 trial of four white Los Angeles police officers who were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King. The acquittal of those officers by an all-white jury provoked some of the worst rioting in modern U.S. history.

Local officials headed off a replay of the King riots by sending some 1,500 volunteer "peace ambassadors" into the streets of Inglewood and having police officers ready to intervene in case of unrest.

Morse's attorney, John Barnett, could not immediately be reached for comment. The former officer's mother, Robin Petitt, said her son has been unable to find work in the year since he was fired from the Inglewood Police Department because of his notoriety. "The community knows the name Jeremy Morse very well and they have formed an opinion of his character from a two-minute videotape," Petitt, a former software company executive, told Reuters.

Petitt, 46, said she had to sell her home in Washington state to finance her son's $150,000 defense costs, but added that Morse has received donations and letters of support from people in Inglewood.

 http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3191070