Black Lives Matter has not only decreased proactive policing and increased crime, it has now become an excuse for citizens to get out of jury duty.
According to Abovethelaw.com, a web site that offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of Law, jurors are citing BLM as a reason they can’t testify. During voire dire – a preliminary examination of the jurors by the judge – jurors are expressing that they don’t feel comfortable testifying against a defendant based only on a police officers’ testimony, no other evidence.
Why must BLM be cited in these cases? Shouldn’t a juror feel uncomfortable in any situation where a person’ freedom depends on the testimony of only one other person?
Would race be a factor if the defendant was white and the police officer was black? Should race be a factor at all?
Has BLM just become a scape goat? Is it a legitimate reason to not partake in a court case?
This situation raises a lot of questions.