By Lucius Gantt

In 2016, there were more than a few philosophical and sometimes violent confrontations between African American citizens and law enforcement officers.

There are good cops and bad cops and also good and bad black people.

Every American has a right to disagree, complain or protest about the way they are treated by people who are employed as, and are supposed to be, public servants. Americans can also exercise their rights to be for or against “patriotism”.

When blacks protest the so-called National Anthem, the United States flag or the badges worn by people that may wear flags on their uniforms, those blacks are despised, denigrated and, in some cases, even hated.

Yes, the emotions and feelings, of blacks and cops oftentimes differ widely.

I believe both Blacks and members of law enforcement should hate the middle man far more than they hate each other.

Who is the man in the middle? The man in the middle is the prosecutor or the state attorney.

State Attorneys are the devil’s defenders.

Prosecutors decide if Blacks have been profiled, falsely arrested, indicted and or over-charged.

They also decide if policemen have committed assault and murder or if they have committed no criminal offense at all!

Any day, or in too many cases, every day, an evil state sttorney can make a victim look like a criminal and a criminal look like a victim. If devilish prosecutors can do devilish things to both black suspects and police officers suspected of beating, choking, shooting or killing black men, women and Black children, how can they get away with their wicked actions?

Well, the biggest tool in the devilish state attorney tool box is the “grand jury.”

A grand jury is a legal body that is empowered to conduct official proceedings to investigate potential criminal conduct and to determine whether criminal charges should be brought. A grand jury may compel the production of documents and may compel the sworn testimony of witnesses to appear before it. A grand jury is separate from the courts, which do not preside over its functioning.

The United States and Liberia are the only countries that retain grand juries, although some other common law jurisdictions formerly employed them, and most other jurisdictions employ some other type of preliminary hearing. Grand juries perform both accusatory and investigatory functions. The investigatory functions of the grand jury include obtaining and reviewing documents and other evidence and hearing the sworn testimony of witnesses that appear before it. The grand jury’s accusatory function is to determine whether or not there is probable cause to believe that one or more persons committed a certain offence within the venue of the district court.

A grand jury in the United States is usually composed of 16 to 23 citizens, though in Virginia it is composed of lesser numbers for regular or special grand juries.

What a devilish state attorney does that all Americans should be upset about happens when a prosecutor acts like a “defense counsel” for one party or another.

More often than not, prosecutors take on the role of defending the devils.

In police misconduct cases, for in- stance, evil state attorneys will use a grand jury to determine if a cop should be charged with misconduct or a criminal or murderous act.

If they don’t want a bad cop to get indicted, all they have to do is compose a “jury” of people sympathetic to law enforcers, let cops say all of the nice things they desire to the grand jury, without cross examination or evidence to the contrary, and they can submit or withhold any evidence that they want to such as body camera videos, dash board camera videos and statements from eye witnesses if he thinks they will tell the truth instead of rubber stamping what will be said by bad cops.

If a 12-year old child is shot by police and prosecutors can’t disparage him or he has no criminal record, the devil’s defenders will disparage his parents, his siblings or even his neighborhood.

The sad part about all of this, most wicked prosecutors are voted into office by African American voters.

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