Despite what some may naively think, racism still exists in NYC, as the following two examples illustrate.
In the first, Virgil Mitchell, 34, was freed last week from Rikers Island. As the Daily News reported, Mitchell spent two years awaiting trial for a homicide he didn’t commit, and a judge agreed with prosecutors to dismiss the charges against him.
His arrest stemmed from a shooting during a Caribbean festival in the Bronx in 2017, when a man died and a woman was wounded. Mitchell was sucked into the case by an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. A witness then picked him out of a photo array and a subsequent lineup.
What was the tip? It was that he had traveled to Trinidad right after the festival, says his attorney, Murray Richman, who took over the case in May. Richman says the trip had been arranged before the shooting so Mitchell could attend a relative’s funeral. "He was working in same job for 10 years. He had no previous arrest record," he said.
“… The police work was superficial. For two years, nobody even looks at the file. If he [Mitchell] were white, this never would have happened.”
Meanwhile over at the NYPD, a video that can only be described as racist recently appeared on the website of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. The video shows a white officer chasing a black suspect through a Los Angeles housing complex. Out of the blue, another black man appears and shoots the officer.
As the video plays, a narrator opines: “In the projects, almost no one has a job … Imagine an entire giant housing project comprised of people who have been taught two things: They are victims of white racism and police are the enemy.
“Black criminality and entitlement and victimhood are the new normal. … It’s all because of white racism.”
So how did the video turn up on the SBA website? In a statement, union president Ed Mullins said, “[T]here is no one to blame but me.”
He said he wanted his members “to share in what I believed to be important tactical knowledge that would have relevance to safety in the street.”
Mullins said he had received the video from a retired cop and watched a few minutes of it “with the sound low.” Several hours later, he said, “I received an email alerting me to the offensive narration …. I had the video removed from the SBA website. For those members who may have been or were offended by the video, I sincerely apologize.”