On Friday, a most white and Spanish jury failed to judge Jonathan Aledda, a white Spanish-speaking North Miami police officer, to shoot a black behavioral therapist, Charles Kinsey.
It didn't matter that Kinsey was on the ground. It was not important that he had his hands up. The lawyers didn't even care that Kinsey asked the police not to shoot or that a commander had told the officers not to burn. They killed three accusations and acquitted one.
The decision is sure to divide us. It is even more secure to send a message to white people and police officers that they can shoot black people without fear of punishment.
All this happened because the jury system is rigged against African Americans. In this experiment and in most others, black is under-represented.
As Ashish S. Joshi and Christina T. Kline wrote on the American Bar Association website back in 201
Jonathan Aledda was guilty and he got away with it. The same thing happened after George Zimmerman had killed Trayvon Martin in 2012. This makes the right look bad and that makes every non-black person in Miami-Dade County look worse.
Back in 1989, when the Spanish policeman, William Lozano, spoken a black man named Clement Lloyd and got away with it, there was rebellion. It doesn't happen this time, but the reaction will be just as fierce – on social media. And maybe it's good. People who run our government listen to social media. And sometimes they change the laws.
In the future, no judge must allow an attempt to proceed if the jury does not represent the demography of society. If you bring a jury pool with too few or no black people, you will get the wrong sentence. And it will cause more unnecessary deaths and separate society even more.