The scale of Justice seems to always be off – balance.

From the arrest process to court hearings. Many can argue that they never had a fair – day in court.
Let’s face it, America’s system of Justice, systematically is unfair to minorities. Though this article is not written to point out all of those cases, trust that one would not have a hard time in finding the disparity.

This is why it is important for people to be active and vigilant in their communities. Ensuring and demanding for actions that better serve their families and communities by way of voting and electing those that represent the “face” of the community and have a positive interest in it’s welfare.
These steps can easily tip the scale of justice, forcing changes in the current climate of the Nation’s racial and judicial injustices.

This is highlighted by the actions of a Louisville, Ky. Jefferson Circuit Court Judge; Olu Stevens.
Judge Stevens was displeased with the disproportionate number of black jurors serving in his court.

Last week, the proceedings of a drug trial were halted and the entire jury panel was dismissed. Jdg. Stevens called for a new jury group to be selected.

Jdg. Olu Stevens

Judge Stevens expressed,

The concern is that the panel is not representative of the community.

A new jury panel followed despite objections from both the defense and prosecutor.
This would not be Jdg. Stevens first time dismissing a jury because of it’s “misrepresentation” or disproportionate number of minorities.

These actions have solicited the involvement of the Supreme Court, where it is going to determine whether the judge is abusing his power.

On Nov. 18th 2014, Jdg. Stevens felt it was, “troublesome”, that a 13-member jury chosen for a theft trial ended up with no black jurors. He would dismiss the panel at the request of a defense attorney.

Judge Stevens shared,

There is not a single African-American on this jury and (the defendant) is an African-American man, I cannot in good conscious go forward with this jury.”

The next day a new jury panel was selected.

“Jefferson County has long had a problem with minorities being underrepresented on local juries. Several black defendants have complained over the years that they were convicted by an all-white jury – not of their peers.

The Racial Fairness commission – a group made up of local judges, lawyers and citizens – has studied the issue for years, monitored the make-up of jury panels and found them consistently lacking in minorities.”

As Appeals Court Judge, Denise Clayton, explains,

Based on population the panel should be at least 21 percent African-American“.

Jdg. Clayton continues, sharing a previous panel selection case (October 12, 2015), where the percentage was 14.

So we’re not really hitting the numbers that we need to…“, concluded Clayton

Jdg. Stevens, rightfully, has shaken the courts and is forcing attorneys to be responsible.
In an interesting fashion, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and Attorney General asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to look at the issue and see if Jdg. Stevens has the authority to dismiss jury panels “because of a lack of minorities”.

Should judges take it upon themselves to try and ensure a more representative jury?

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

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What is the current relationship between Citizens and Civil Servants (Police)?

Is it fair to say that both are on edge? Are communities being protected or patroled?

Police Officers are the Civil Servants of their communities. There are a full range of duties and responsibilities that are not limited to; aide, protection of physical, private and public property. This has been skewed through time, but The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that police officers at all levels of the government have no duty to protect the citizens of this country.
It is the job of police officers to investigate crimes and arrest criminals.

Their role is important, challenging and dangerous at times. It is imperative that the relationship between Citizens and Civil Servants improve. The Police Officer is the “Frontline” of their community that he/she serves. Their role could easily escalate to protecting the citizens from a tyrannical government, a stance that would require trust and cooperation from both sides.
So it is not surprising that today’s Police are being trained that the Citizen is the enemy.
That each encounter is a potential threat. We see this through the actions of the police and the horrifying results of their interactions with the “everyday” man, woman and child. The countless lives being taken of the unarmed in non – life threatening situations.

Which is why it is important, but also the responsibility of the People, to govern their community and command their sworn officer’s of the law to abide by the law and hold them accountable when they fail to do so.

This is what took place in Boston, MA – late September (2015). From a video shared on YouTube, September 18th 2015, a Boston Police Officer attempted to arrest a woman on a commuter bus. This happened in Dudley Square (Shopping Area). The woman was being arrested, allegedly, for petty theft.
From what is seen in the video, the officer attempted to detain the woman. The woman began to resist, several times swinging, opened and closed fisted. This aggravated the officer, who immediately drew his gun against the unarmed woman.
This alarmed many passengers, who were already filming the incident as it was unfolding.
What happened soon after galvanized the current climate between Citizens and Civil Servants. Several Witnesses ordered for the Police Officer to drop his weapon. They are heard assuring the officer that the woman was not able to flee and she pose no real threat. After a slight stand-off and direct demands, the officer “begrudgingly holstered his weapon“.
The passengers diffused the situation and pleaded for both, the officer and the woman to “Relax” and “Chill“. Another display of Community in control was when the witnesses reassured the woman of her safety by telling her…”We’re here!”.

These actions speaks volumes to the current climate of the Country and it’s lost trust and attitude towards the Law Enforcement.

The woman would later be arrested, without further incident, after several more officers arrived to assist.

Americans must understand that they too have a responsibility for their fellow citizens. The People must be equally as vigilant to assure the safety, for themselves, each other and their police.

Would You Have Been Able To Help Diffuse This Incident?

What Are Your Thoughts On The Citizen’s Actions?

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Do you remember the incident that took place on July 09th, 2014, where Seattle resident; 69 year old, William Wingate was arrested by Seattle Police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch?

Well… “Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole signed off Tuesday (Sept.15th, 2015) on findings by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability that Whitlatch, 48, broke the department’s rules in the arrest.”
Therefore she was fired.

Seattle Police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch
Fired For Abuse Of Power

For those who have not followed this story…

SPDO Cynthia Whitlatch drove up on William Wingate, on the corner of an intersection, as he was peacefully doing nothing, using his club for support like a cane.
Whitlatch exits her cruiser immediately asking for Wingate to drop his golf club, “I am not going to take it from you but it is a weapon!”, Whitlatch claims.

Wingate questions the reason for her presence and refuses to release his club for support. Whitlatch demands that he drops the club again, she continues to inform Wingate that the entire scene is being recorded and escalates the situation by, falsely, accusing Wingate of swinging his club at her, “You just swang that club at me!” An appalled Wingate objects immediately and demands that she calls for another officer, “You call somebody I want a witness”.

“The white Seattle officer who arrested an African-American man she claimed swung a golf club at her was fired Tuesday for her racial bias and combative approach, the city’s police chief said.”

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Do you believe in Aliens?

What are Angels?

Does the Devil exist?

Listen to a Lynchburg, Virginia resident continue their thoughts and sharing their knowledge on the difference between Angels and Demons, and the origin of Aliens.

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Host: THE VOICE
Scheduled call with a Lynchburg, Virginia resident
Subject: The New Age Movement; Agenda (Continuation)
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