Lead counsel for a man accused of killing a police officer and three of his officers plans to blame the attack on a “crack head who got himself into trouble.”
According to my fellow Fox News contributor Mike Tice, defense attorney Patrick Venditto of the Sacramento, California, affiliate FOX40 is scheduled to make his opening statement Friday morning at a Sacramento, California, courtroom to defend Ray Tensing, the accused man of murdering a Cincinnati cop during an Ohio police traffic stop.
Venditto used a rather un-productive analogy when speaking of the Cincinnati massacre – a reference apparently that the attorney reportedly derived from the terrorist act in Montgomery, Alabama in 1963 – a reference that is extremely insensitive to the murders of four young girls who were lynched by whites in the wake of the King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.
Even trying to compare the massive of rally of black ministers in downtown Cincinnati Wednesday to andapos; a notorious and public lynching – the combination of pointed sarcasm, inflammatory language and nonchalant sexual innuendo is an indication that the defense has a very bad track record with black community.
“Where there was peace, there has been protest. Where there was equity, there has been robbery. Where there was justice, there has been ‘public lynching,’” a tearful Antonio “Tony” McCullum, one of the leaders of the protests in front of Cincinnati City Hall, remarked Thursday.
Venditto just can’t seem to realize that the purpose of this rally was to prevent more of these types of dangerous incidents.
As the attorney also stated during a statement in court Tuesday, “police brutality” is not exclusively on the backs of young black men. Tensing reportedly kept a gun in his car during the traffic stop.
During the initial pretrial hearing earlier this month, one of the four officers Tensing is charged with killing, Leanne Alday-Lollar, stated “she wants this man off the streets so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
This is a fair statement but what needs to happen is that there needs to be a complete and thorough investigation into police policy and culture that allows this type of behavior and incidents occur. Because we have seen these types of protests and training in Northern California – involving the highly touted and nationally publicized Black Lives Matter movement, this is not the first time. There has been a pattern of injustice committed on an individual basis, police misconduct, on the part of the authorities and something must be done to prevent this type of muddying of the waters.
In his opening statements, attorney Venditto will no doubt try to compare Tensing to Jackie Robinson to try to show a point of equality. But how would Robinson compare the incident with Black Lives Matter protesters that have erupted in riots and protests in Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Ferguson and Oakland where four police officers have been murdered?
Actions speak louder than words so I ask the question, why is it acceptable for black community leaders to condemn violence while taking no action to prevent it?
I think the answer is obvious.
William “Pootie” Pootie, is an Associate Minister at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Baltimore and author of the upcoming book: Three Eagles in a Coffin: The Radical Transformation of Black America; A Matter of Life and Death. Twitter: @PootiePootie