Chris Stewart, George Floyd, Daniel Prude discussed on Democracy Now! Audio
His knee on his neck eight minutes and forty six seconds and as we all know it was captured on video with citizens practically begging office chauvin to take his knee off his neck. While they're george. Floyd said. I can't breathe for twenty eight times as so normally the federal government and most of these black lives matter police killings. They say that there is not enough evidence for them to bring federal charges. Because it's such hobby bar to have to prove Relation of civil rights. Because they say that they can't unfair what was in the mind of the police officer. We're here we know. Chauvin had ample time to take his new office neck and when asked by other officers that were there also restraining george floor. We'll concern about him. Maybe we should turn them over. His words were no. We will keep him like this. That tells us is mindset that he intended to continue to punish george floor and for what reason we saw in the video. George floyd was very compliant with the police officers. They did not have the torture. This human being to death. I wanted to ask you. Ben crump about another case that you're involved with and that's the case of daniel prude. This horrific killing almost a year ago in rochester. Major protests This week because a grand jury refused to charge any of the officers involved. Daniel prude's daughter to share. A prude appeared on cnn. In september calling for the rochester officers involved in the killing to be fired and charged with murder. This is what she said. I will like to see them be fired and charged with murder there. There's video footage of these people suffocating. My father my father was murdered by these police officers. There's no reason why they should be on a paid suspension. They should be arrested in. They should be try as the killers that they are and so now. This grand jury has refused to indict despite the the calls for the charges to be brought by. New york's attorney general letitia james whose office lend the investigation She said Most recently daniel prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis in what he needed was compassion karen help from trained professionals tragically. He received none of those things. Can you talk about the refusal to indict this regrettable that many times because grand jury proceedings are secret. We don't know what evidence was all for it About a prosecutor to the jurors and making their determination we must remember brianna taylor's case And michael brown and ferguson missouri. Case one of the rare instances will we saw the inner workings of the grand jury. We saw that the prosecutors put forth of very weak case and when you put four four week case to get a prosecution then you won't get the grand jury to decide amy. It has been said that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich because ninety nine point nine nine nine percent of the time when a prosecutor wants. An indictment are prosecuted. Gets an indictment oftentimes prosecutors. Because they have this symbiotic. Relationship with law enforcement will give greater consideration to police officers than the unknown african american or hispanic citizens that they have no relationship with when they go into a grand jury. Proceeding we saw so many times with throughout the country is historical where they were trying to establish off their as by saying well we presented a grand jury and the grand jury found no probable cause. Will we don't buy that. We know that's part of the intellectual justification of discrimination. That leads to the legalized genocide of black people in america. And that's why we have to have. Systemic reform changed intact coach criminal justice in america as we said at the michael brown graduated decision was announced. The whole system needs to be indicted other than that they will continue to kill. Black people with impunity wonder cooper jones. The mother of bray who you know well spoke to waynesboro georgia's tv station to be our d. W on the first anniversary of her sons killing this week. I wouldn't say that killed much to take day by day. So thomas play to say mahara to just imagining life about ahmad very confident and movie justice. Feel for these bad at ahmad won't be can you talk about the substance of this lawsuit. We wrap up this segment of the show. Okay amy This lawsuit was filed by legal team to be able to make sure that this murderous father and son duo of travis and gregory michael will be held accountable. But also amy attorney. Lee matt attorney. Chris stewart and we want to make certain that the government officials like the district attorney and the police department. Dan bras wig. Who seem to have condone at best and and weighs participated or conspired to allow these murders to evade justice. Remember it took in for them to just be arrested. You know we had to get video release because even though the police saw the video of modern rb been lynched for jackson wild black on the first day they took the word of the lynch mob. Who said it was self defense. It wasn't until we the people who saw the video when they found arrested these murderous at the an months of them sleeping in peace in their bed. And that's why we continue to argue whether it's in the malcolm case are as an brianna tayla. Darby jacob blake jillian. We argue transparency transparency transparency. We won't let you kill our leaders and our people and their sweep it under the rug and say that their lives matter ahmad arbor. Life matters brianna taylor. Life matters george floor life matters. Danny approved life matters and malcolm x. Who are argue was the personification of black lives. Matter is life matters. And that's why we're demanding. Transparency push accountability..