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Brock Turner Mug Shot Finally Released [Updated]

Neither the Stanford Department of Public Safety nor the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department would agree to release it — until now.

Source: Brock Turner Mug Shot Finally Released [Updated]

Just like the “arrest” of mass murderer Dylann Roof in South Carolina who declared himself to be hungry, so arresting PD put him in a bullet proof vest and made sure he was fed; no mug shot for Brock Turner is an example of white supremacy in action. This individual is a rapist, one of the worst kind of sexual predators – but he’s also white, male, privileged, and an athlete of some standing, formerly attending a prestigious university. Therefore he was not criminalized in the press, even though he was caught in the act of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster and has been proven guilty. His jail sentence will be light – 6 months instead of 6 years – so as not to “have a severe impact upon him,” because he has been adjudicated as being “young and not a danger to anyone,” according to Judge Aaron Persky.

A person of color – Afrikan in particular – would have been presumed guilty and convicted before any evidence was presented, lynched [literally,] and/or his photo would have been international news before he was booked, if he was still alive. No judge in the U.S. would care about his age, South Carolina having been famous for the lynching of 14 year old George Junious Stinney, Jr.

George-Stinney-Jr

He was murdered in South Carolina’s electric chair on June 16, 1944, for allegedly confessing to the brutal beating of two white girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames.

Stinney was Black, 14 years old, 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed a bit over 90 pounds when he was lynched.

At 14, Stinney was the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20th century.  He was so small, he had to sit on several large books in the electric chair for the electrodes to be attached to his head, and the adult-sized mask placed on his face fell off, revealing his small, contorted face.

His trial – from jury selection to death sentence – lasted exactly one day. He had exactly 81 days of life from the time of his March 23, 1944, arrest to his murder at 7:30 p.m. on June 16, 1944.

There are no written records of any confession. Stinney’s court appointed attorney was a tax commissioner preparing to run for office.

No one challenged the sheriff’s testimony. No appeals were filed on Stinney’s behalf. No Blacks were allowed in the courtroom much less on the jury. Stinney’s father was fired from his job and his parents were run out of town just one short step ahead of lynch mob violence.

In George Stinney’s case there is no official court transcript of the trial, and the official records of the case total less than two dozen pages, mostly arrest warrants.

Stinney was required to prove his innocence – instead of being innocent unless proven guilty.

And there is nothing – no evidence whatever – linking George Junius Stinney Jr. to the murders of two white girls, 8 and 11 years old. There is only the white sheriff’s assertion of a confession – also not documented in writing.

Pleas for clemency from the local NAACP and unions to Gov. Olin D. Johnston fell on ears deafened by the cheers of those “glad of your decision [to execute] the nigger Stinney,” as one person wrote to the governor.

For 72 years, the silence surrounding the George Stinney case has been deafening.

Incidences such as Brock Turner’s are the rule rather than the exception.

After all, his daddy is rich and white. He might get time off for good behavior, house arrest, or a re-negotiation of his sentence if he appeals and wins, which would negate even the 6 months he’s been given.

So in 6 months or less, Brock Turner will be free to rape again.

 

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