Lady Justice swaps her blindfold for a body camera

In this image from a police body camera, officers perform CPR on Adam Toledo after an officer shot him on March 29. | AP Photos

Justice is still imperfect. But the average citizen, the bystander, the victim, has more power.

Lady Justice is no longer blind. She wears a bodycam and holds a smart camera up to her eyes.

We saw it at the trial of the police officer who stood on George Floyd’s neck until he was dead, and we saw it again during the foot pursuit of 13-year-old Adam Toledo that led to his death in a Chicago alley.

There was video. We no longer had to take the word of an unreliable witness or a law enforcement official who shot the only available witness to death.

The image of a blindfolded Lady Justice, holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other, has been with us for centuries. In the United States, it’s supposed to suggest that justice is dispensed fairly in our courtrooms regardless of an individual’s wealth, race, religion or political beliefs.

In reality, this has never been true. Lady Justice could always see whether the accused was represented by a public defender or a dream team of private lawyers. She could lift that blindfold to determine if the accused was black or white. The scales of justice, held aloft by Lady Justice, were never calibrated correctly. They were weighted in favor of the government.

Justice is still imperfect. But the average citizen, the bystander, the victim, has more power.

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Still, there is something missing. Something terribly wrong.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the April 15 video of Toledo’s shooting “excruciating” to watch.

That’s a good word for it. It means intensely painful. Mentally agonizing. Very embarrassing. It is all that and something …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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