Judicial Branch is Part of Our Racial Injustice Problem

Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr arrested for his participation in the attempted coup at the Capitol
Larry Rendall Brock Jr

Black and White Justice

We’ve all seen the videos of an officer killing George Floyd who was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. They had no knowledge of whether he actually was the man or whether he knew the bill was counterfeit. Regardless, multiple officers kneeled on him, constraining his ability to breathe, resulting in his death. That’s just one of many examples of what happens to Black people when they come into contact with law enforcement, but law enforcement is not the only place where minorities face harsher actions than White people. The judicial system is a major contributor to the inequities in our systems.

Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr was arrested in federal court for his participation in the insurrection and coup attempt at the Capitol. Brock was photographed inside the Capitol and has admitted that it’s him. Regardless of the violent attack which included the death of a Capitol police officer, Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton decided that home confinement was sufficient.

Evidence Against Brock

So what did Bock do that got him arrested? We know he entered the Capitol which makes him part of the insurrection. According to the KSAT article, he had zip-tie handcuffs. Here’s what Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Weimer had to say, “He means to take hostages. He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S. government.” According to Weimer, Brock posted on social media that “Patriots on the Capitol. Patriots storming. Men with guns need to shoot their way in.”  But there’s more.

According to KSAT,

“Weimer read a termination letter from Brock’s former employer that said he had talked in the workplace about killing people of a “particular religion and or race.” Weimer also read social media posts in which Brock referred to a coming civil war…”

An attempted coup, insurrection, intent to kidnap, intent to commit an unlawful restraint, possible execution, encouraging murder by stating the need to shoot their way in, White nationalist beliefs and being a trained military man with the ability to carry out his threats were still not enough to keep this man in jail.

Imagine a Coup by Minorities

Does anyone think the judge would have let a Black man, with the same accusations against him, except Black supremacy instead of White, stay out of jail and only assign him home confinement? I seriously doubt it. We have people dying in jail because they can’t afford to pay $50 for piddly nothing offenses. They aren’t being given home confinement. There is even a portion of our community that is furious at the thought of these people, on those nothing offenses, not being incarcerated. Yet I don’t hear any outrage from them over the release of a terrible person like Larry Brock.

These actions and attitudes are part of the reason why we are at this point. Our government, at all levels, has failed minorities. Law enforcement and the judicial branch continue to practice racial discrimination. There is massive racial bias in our government and it’s way past time we did something to address it.

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