Edge of Chaos is a political podcast starring Joe Ryan and Neurotoxin. Its aim is to have a free-flowing discussion of news and current events that also examines the empirical outcomes of public policy, avoiding biases based on ideology and policy intentions. Listener discretion is both advised and encouraged.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The Kelly Thomas Verdict: Open Season On Homeless
Some of you might remember Toxin and I tackling the case of the beating death of Kelly Thomas on a show we did nearly two years ago. Well, just today the verdict came down that all cops involved in the case have been acquitted of all charges, or in the case of one of the cops, not tried at all. I really have nothing more to say about this, at least other than what was said on the show about this topic, except the following: if I were a homeless, possibly mentally disturbed person (usually two conditions that heavily coincide with each other) I would be very, very afraid. There is simply no other way to look at this verdict than to see it as cops getting away with murdering someone without cause simply because they're cops. The jury in this case should be ashamed, but I suppose the lack of understanding of the plight of the homeless, indigent and mentally disabled in this country on the part of the middle and upper classes should have made me expect a verdict like this. So, here's to law and order, and fatal beatings for all homeless men who cause some sort of supposed "disturbance" and commit the crime of being homeless in America. --Joe