Well, finally. It’s about damned time and long overdue but I’m happy that the cop who shot 17 year old Laquan McDonald is going to be charged with murder.
Of course, that’s still a long way from a conviction, and an even longer way from actually serving time, but it’s a step in the right direction and it just may happen.
Of course, this does not bring back Tamir Rice. It does not provide justice, or closure, to the guy who was shot while holding a toy gun in his hand, in the toy aisle at Target. It does not provide justice for the guy who was held down and suffocated on the streets of Manhattan by police for selling loose cigarettes. It does not provide justice for Sandra Bland, who was pulled over for a broken turn signal, arrested for resisting arrest, and murdered at the precinct house. It does not provide justice for the hundreds of people, maybe thousands, who have been murdered stone cold dead by the police in recent years.
But, it’s a start. At trial, perhaps they can also find out why it took a year to bring this case to trial, and why it took reporters over a year to see the video.
And maybe, just maybe, seeing one police officer go to jail will have a salubrious effect on the others. We can only hope.