On Friday, a predominantly white and Hispanic jury failed to convict Jonathan Aledda, a white Hispanic policeman from North Miami, of shooting a black behavioral therapist, Charles Kinsey.
It did not matter that Kinsey was down. It was not important that he had his hands. The jury did not even care that Kinsey asked the police not to fire or that a commander ordered the officers not to fire. Three charges resulted in a deadlock, one was acquitted.
The decision will certainly split us. It is even safer to send a message to whites and policemen that they can shoot blacks without fear of punishment. In this and most other cases blacks are under-represented.
When Ashish S. Joshi and Christina T. Kline wrote on the American Bar Association website in 201
Jonathan Aledda was to blame and he got away with it. The same happened after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in 2012. This makes the court system look bad and makes any non-black person in Miami-Dade County look worse.
In 1989, when the Spanish police officer in Miami, William Lozano, shot and got away a black man named Clement Lloyd, riots broke out. This will not happen this time, but the reaction will be just as violent – in the social media. And maybe that's good. People who run our government listen to social media. And sometimes they change the laws.
In the future, judges should not let proceedings continue if the jury does not represent the population structure of the community. If you bring in a jury pool with too few or no blacks, you get the wrong verdict. And that will cause more unnecessary deaths and separate the community even more.