I promise to keep an open mind on the response from community activists on this case.
I actually have to commend the Black Justice Activists so far based on their consistency - as heard on Black-Wing Grievance Radio yesterday.
The usual defense attorneys were on this case just as they have been with other "police brutality" , "unarmed Black man shot by the police" cases.
The key difference between this case and the recent cases is that Clayton County Georgia has a monopoly majority of Black people at the top positions in county government and the criminal justice system. The majority Black population of Clayton County voted 50%+1 for those officials that are elected - including the Sheriff.
25 year old Kevin Guerrier died while in the custody of the Clayton County Sheriff Kembrough.
To pretend that RACE will not play an issue in this debate is to be blind.
YES Kevin Guerrier will be added to the list of "Black men killed at the hands of the police"
It is also true that the racial make up of the government of Clayton County will in and of itself provide the "confidence" that was not extended to the Sandford FL Police Department per its perceived agenda.
While Clayton County Sheriff Kembrough has already called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate his staff's actions, it is unlikely that the activists will demand that the FBI be called be cause they believe that the GBI is in cahoots with the Clayton County Sheriff's Department.
While we might see former Sheriff Victor Hill make use of this death as an attack on Kembrough, his opponent in the upcoming election - it is highly unlikely that this death will be used as a rallying drive by the activists to get Kembrough purged from office. Being elected "by the people" provides a bit of cover - just as we saw with the leadership of Detroit. (I am not alleging that Kembrough did anything wrong or is running a corrupt organization. I am only saying that these exceptional results won't be used as an indictment against him as they would be used against an "enemy official" per the activists.)
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —
The family of a man on
life support at a local hospital believes his injuries were caused by police brutality while he was in the Clayton County jail.
Kevin Guerrier is in a coma at Southern Regional Medical Center.
"His condition is not great right now." Guerrier's cousin Carline Pierre said.
At times, dozens of friends and family members have been keeping a vigil at his side, waiting for signs of life.
"To see him laying in that hospital bed as injured as he is, that's heartbreaking," a
Guerrier was taken to the hospital more than a week ago from the Clayton County jail. He'd been behind bars only a few hours after authorities said he rushed a judge during a child support hearing.
Sheriff Kem Kembrough said he was first told Guerrier was taken for medical treatment for dialysis, but then conflicting stories started coming out. Kembrough said doctors now tell him Guerrier's condition was caused by a head injury.