With the recent rise of the Black Lives Matter protests, the cases of Ferguson, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner has been used in various ways by politicians and the media. Now a public defender for an alleged shooter named 26-year-old Steven Clarke is claiming his client ran from police officers because he was afraid he would be a victim of police brutality.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the Black Lives Matter protest movement has black college students with failing grades claiming they should be given a free pass. In the meantime, the Ku Klux Klan has been expanding their efforts to recruit more members, and they’ve been targeting Afghanistan war veterans. President Obama claims that racism in American has lessened during his presidency, and says the protest movements do not accurately reflect the United States.
When public defender Dale Miller went before Broward County Judge John Hurley, he had to defend Steven Clarke from charges that he allegedly shot at police officers and ran away. When the police found Clarke later, he was hiding under a boat while wearing a weapons holster that did not have a gun, but Miller attempted to defend his client by referencing the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
“Your honor, in light of what’s happening in this country with unarmed black men being killed by police, him running from shots being fired is a very reasonable response,” Miller argued.
“Don’t give me that,” Hurley yelled in response at Miller. “That is so off base.”
Miller continued to try and argue his case, but Judge Hurley cut him off.
“We’ve got a young man, I don’t care what color he is, he’s in a neighborhood he doesn’t live in at 1:41 in the morning, hiding under somebody’s dock in the water with a holster on after a police officer had a shot taken at him,” Hurley argued. “Don’t hand me this, ‘he’s a black man running from police brutality.’ That is not appropriate in this case. I’m not going to let you poison this case with bringing in something that has nothing to do with it.”
Judge Hurley then went on to set the bond for Steven Clarke on two separate accounts for a combined $200,000.
Do you think the public defender was making a legitimate argument that a black suspect would reasonably want to run from cops due to recent cases of alleged police brutality?