Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tarika Wilson and A Mothers Rage

image Once again another black life is brought tragically to an end by the racist police force. The NAACP is demanding answers to how it is possible that Tarika Wilson could end up dead and her infant child Sincere wounded. `

According to the New York Times, "A SWAT team arrived at Ms. Wilson’s rented house in the Southside neighborhood early in the evening of Jan. 4 to arrest her companion, Anthony Terry, on suspicion of drug dealing, said Greg Garlock, Lima’s police chief. Officers bashed in the front door and entered with guns drawn, said neighbours who saw the raid.

Moments later, the police opened fire, killing Ms. Wilson, 26, and wounding her 14-month-old son, Sincere, Chief Garlock said. One officer involved in the raid, Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, a 31-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave."

Chavalia has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour counts of negligent homicide and negligent assault. He faces up to eight months in jail if convicted of both counts. An all-white jury was selected Monday with a black woman and a white woman as alternates.  He is certainly getting a jury of his peers while once again the fate of violence against a black woman is being determined by whites. How in good conscience can we trust them to give us justice in a system that is so racially imbalanced as to constitute a farce? Considering the level of the charges stemming from the death of a woman and the injury of her child I feel that it is fair to say that regardless of the outcome Tarika will not receive justice. Is it any wonder that her mother is filled with rage?


saartjietoday said...

The war on drugs is a disgrace. An innocent young mother is killed and a baby severely injured in pursuit of someone accused of a drug crime. When will our society start to place more value on human life?

Habladora said...

This is such a tragedy - and an outrage.

Saartjietoday, I couldn't agree more. Of course, the 'war on drugs' is also racist, since the sentences are lighter for those in possession of drugs more popular in white communities than those more popular with POC.

Bill White said...

Once again, white people ask -- and what's wrong with shooting a nigger crack whore?

Renee said...

Except that she was none of those things.

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