Image result for jethro k-9 imagesI swear  if someone could come up with a brilliant invention to make Black men look like dogs after a traffic stop, I for one would buy one of those devices. I have been stopped a few times for no apparent reason, but I have been lucky. I am still here to type this blog post. My brothers, on the other hand, not so much.

I say this because if you are a dog and happen to meet the unfortunate fate of being shot by someone, there is a pretty good chance that your killer will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The same can’t be said for killing a Black man.

The man who shot and killed K-9 Officer Jethro, of the Canton Police Department in Ohio, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Kelontre Barefield, 23, received the sentence after pleading guilty to charges related to the police dog’s death and other charges in an unrelated robbery case, a spokeswoman for the Stark County Clerk of Courts told ABC News today.
Barefield’s attorney, Steven Reisch, didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.”
Well there you have it, justice for Jethro.  I for one couldn’t be happier. I love dogs, and anyone who thinks it’s cool to take the life of a loving animal like Jethro, deserves whatever punishment he gets.
The thing is, though, that being a Black man myself, I happen to think that we deserve justice as well, just like poor Jethro.
Unfortunately, that has not seemed to be the case of late.

On Friday yet another man was given the chance to walk out of a courtroom after killing a Black man in live and living color.

A judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury deadlocked in the case of a former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a 2015 traffic stop, the latest in a series of high-profile law enforcement shootings that spurred charges but not convictions.

The mistrial was the third time in a week that jurors weighing a fatal shooting by a police officer did not convict the officer involved, following acquittals in other cases. It was also the second time a jury has deadlocked considering this particular shooting.

Judge Leslie E. Ghiz, speaking from the bench, read from a note sent by the jurors who said they were “almost evenly split regarding our votes toward a final verdict” and unable to reach a unanimous decision.”

Oh well, no justice for the DuBose family, the Smith family, or the Castile family, but we are getting used to it. This is the third such case in the last few days.  Throw in the not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby for the killing of Terence Crutcher last month, and we can see a national tragedy playing itself out before our eyes.

All I can say is that I hope they come up with that invention real soon.

*Pic courtesy of news5cleveland.com

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