Judge Wendell Griffen: Police Relationship with People of Color at New Low

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LITTLE ROCK, AR - A grand jury decision in New York not to indict a police officer for a chokehold move used during an arrest, which ultimately led to the death of Eric Garner, came just days after the decision by a Ferguson, Missouri jury not to indict a white officer for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Jr. 

The unrest in New York City, Ferguson and elsewhere has prompted Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen to voice pointed opinions on Facebook in an online essay. 

The essay expounds on race relations between the public and police in the United States. 

In the essay, Judge Griffen says he believes those grand jury decisions, and the deaths of Brown and Garner, spur distrust between black communities and law enforcement. Griffen goes so far as to say:

"In the past the police often were bystanders as black people were lynched by white mobs. Lynching was never outlawed. Many people of color now view the police as the new agents of lynching. That unpleasant thought is understandable given societal refusal to charge the killers of Michael Brown, Jr. and Eric Garner with committing a crime." 

You can read Griffen's full essay, here


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