On Friday, mostly a white and a Spanish jury, they failed to convict Jonathan Elda, a white, Latin American law enforcement officer from northern Miami, for the shooting of black-behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey.
It did not matter that Kinsey was lying on the ground. It was not important he had lifted his hands. The jury was not even interested in Kinsey asking the police not to shoot or that the commander had told the officers not to shoot. They blocked three charges and justified one.
The decision will surely divide us. It is even safer to send a message to white men and police officers that they can shoot blacks without fear of punishment.
As Ashi S. Joshi and Christina T. Klein write on the American Lawyers' Association website in 201
Jonathan Elda was guilty and he got out. The same thing happened after George Zimmermann killed Traveled Martin in 2012. This makes the judiciary a bad one, and that makes every guy in the Miami-Dade County look worse.
In 1989, when the Spanish policeman from Miami, William Lozano, shot a black man named Clement Lloyd and escaped with him, there were riots. This will not happen this time, but the reaction will be equally violent – in social media. And maybe that's good. The people who run our government listen to social media. And sometimes they change the laws.
In the future, no judge should allow the court to continue if the jury does not represent the demographics of the community. If you enter a group with too few or no black people in the jury, you will get a wrongful conviction. And this will lead to even more unnecessary deaths and will divide the community even further.