Washington DC – The grand jury system that is used to judge cases of police misconduct, has come under heavy public scrutiny in recent weeks, after a string of high profile acquittals for killer cops.
For decades police have attacked, robbed and murdered innocent people with immunity, and have been able to avoid even standing trial because they have been shielded by the grand jury process. This happens every single day in America.
However, recently with police under the mainstream media microscope, people are now seeing a number of back to back cases where police obviously used excessive force, but have been cleared of all wrong-doing by a grand jury.
People are now so mistrustful of the grand jury system that victims of police attacks are demanding that the grand jury be completely sidestepped. This is an understandable request, considering that any other human being on this earth would be forced to stand trial if they were accused of such crimes.
In response to the recent controversy surrounding the grand jury system, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia introduced a bill called “The Grand Jury Reform Act.” The bill hopes to create special hearings for police murders that would supposedly be more fair and transparent than the current grand juries.
Johnson said in a statement that:
“I think many people understand that the nation’s grand jury system is fundamentally broken. The protesters demand an end to what is perceived as unequal justice, and that those who are responsible for the use of excessive force be brought to justice. They do not trust a secret grand jury system that is so clearly broken. My bill will help restore that trust. No longer will communities have to rely on the secret and biased grand jury process.”
Johnson has also proposed legislation to end the Pentagon’s controversial “1033” program, which has been arming local police departments with military weapons.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.