It’s come to this. A prosecutor reviews the evidence in a case in which a federal agent fatally shot an armed robbery suspect and arrives at the inescapable conclusion that officer acted in “lawful self-defense.” But rather than state her bottom-line findings and move on, Wayne County (Mich.) Prosecutor Kym Worthy felt impelled at a press conference on Wednesday to apologize for not charging the officer with a crime !
The Detroit News quotes Worthy as saying:
Yes, black lives matter. Of course, they matter. But you know what else matters? Credible facts matter. Supportable evidence matters. Provable evidence matters. Doing justice matters. And the truth matters.
To make sure that the black community understood whose side she is on, Worthy went on to affirm that she is “not afraid” to charge police with misconduct, boasting that she has charged 17 officers with crimes since Jan. 14.
The case in question centered on a raid in April on a Detroit home by members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The suspect, Terrance Kellom, 20, was shot and killed while rushing the agents who had come to arrest him. Kellom was black. So was Officer Mitchell Quinn, the agent who fired off the four rounds that brought Kellom down.
The investigation of the incident was conducted by Michigan State Police, independent of ICE. The case was then “re-investigated” by the prosecutor’s office, which came to the result. The shooting was deemed justifiable homicide.
The only question that remains is why the prosecutor felt the need to commiserate with the community that the outcome or her investigation couldn’t be otherwise.
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