A New York judge had a message for Harlem as he sentenced a gang member to 24 to 26 years in prison for attempted murder: “Black lives don’t matter to black people with guns.”
In “Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson – a true black leader whom many affectionately call “the other Jesse” – shows how the civil rights establishment has made a lucrative career out of keeping racial strife alive in America.
Justice Edward McLaughlin excoriated Tareek Arnold, 24, of a gang called Forty Wolves before the convicted felon was led from Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday. Arnold shot victim Jamal McCaskill, 39, four times on June 8, 2015, and then prompted a one-month manhunt when he escaped from custody.
“Do not ask a judge in this room, in this building, or in this system to somehow make amends for the people who commit violent acts and who by their violent acts wind up leaving people orphaned, abandoned, fatherless, etc,” McLaughlin said to defense attorney Mark Jankowitz after a 10-year minimum sentence was requested.
Jankowitz tried to argue that Arnold, who had five prior convictions, should not be absent from his child’s life for decades, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
McLaughlin also pulled no punches with McCaskill, who oddly testified on behalf of the defense. The rival gang member said Arnold was not the shooter despite the crime being captured on camera.
“The video shows that Mr. McCaskill is an abject liar,” McLaughlin said.
“Only Harlem can save Harlem,” McLaughlin, a long-time critic of gun violence, said in Nov. 30, 2011, after sentencing five men to prison for a crack operation, the newspaper reported. “If Harlem’s leaders are at all sick of ‘the pools of blood on the block,’ they must mobilize their neighbors to find and get rid of the guns in their homes. … When someone fires a pistol in Harlem, the person almost always is a resident. The person fired at is a resident. When a person is injured, the person is a resident. When a person is killed, or paralyzed for life, the person is a resident of that community.”
The Black Lives Matter movement that McLaughlin referenced on Tuesday began during racially charged media coverage of the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida; the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; the 2014 death of Eric Garner in Long Island, New York; and the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland. Supporters of the movement overwhelmingly blame systemic racism for crime in black communities, even though the vast majority of police shootings are justified.
“Only a small number of the shootings – roughly 5 percent – occurred under the kind of circumstances that raise doubt and draw public outcry,” the Washington Post reported Oct. 24, 2015, after analyzing 827 police shootings during the year.
“In 74 percent of all fatal police shootings, the individuals had already fired shots, brandished a gun or attacked a person with a weapon or their bare hands, according to an analysis of actions immediately preceding the shootings, which draws on reports from law enforcement agencies and local media coverage,” the newspaper reported. “These 595 cases include fatal shootings that followed a wide range of violent crimes, including shootouts, stabbings, hostage situations, carjackings and assaults. … The 5 percent of cases that are often second-guessed include individuals who police said failed to follow their orders, made sudden movements or were accidentally shot.”