Open Discussion – June 12, 2015
Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,
It’s been a busy week.
The pool party in McKinney, Texas resulted in constant headlines including the resignation of officer Casebolt and the employment termination or suspension of several people who were either involved in the originating physical altercation, or who made bigoted racial statements on social media.
Regarding the death of 12-year old Tamir Rice, in response to citizens’ affidavit, a judge has decided there is probable cause to charge Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann with murder, manslaughter, reckless homicide and negligent homicide. Judge Adrine also found there is probable cause to charge Cleveland police officer Frank Garmback with negligent homicide.
Some are reporting this as actual charges, but they are not. They are probable cause findings. The State’s Attorney has stated that he is taking the evidence before a grand jury to decide whether to charge the two officers. You can read the judge’s decision here.
This week, three more people have been killed by members of law enforcement, one being a homeless man in Overtown, Florida, in front of dozens of witnesses including children.
So much happens so quickly that we are unable to blog all of the follow-ups. Remember James Boyd? He was the mentally ill man killed in New Mexico. Officers have been charged with his murder.
The bigger scheme of problems and injustices caused me to spend time this month considering what I do to help others. There are times we do not know how much the small things are a tremendous help . I’ve learned that no act of kindness is in vain.
No matter what path you walk, I hope that this video encourages you.