A shooting of a young 12 year old child in Ohio has left a portion of the electorate disillusioned and distraught, not the least of which are the parents of the boy, Tamir Rice, who apparently was killed by 2 police officers. I have not been following this particular story as I am completely overwhelmed with so many of these stories coming out of the United States. As I wrote on another situation involving Sandra Bland, this has become an epidemic.
Ohio Governor John Kasich seems to believe that at least the victims “should be heard.” Is this enough to satisfy the electorate? I don’t know. He is governor of the state and he seems concerned about the situation getting out of control but he does seem to believe that people have a right to be a little bit upset about this.
I am upset that so few of the presidential candidates have even discussed this broader issue of the persistent violation of the civil rights of American citizens by law enforcment all over the country. This is weird. In my view. Because if they win the presidency, any of these people will be president and servant of all Americans but their silence on this issue is very, very disturbing. It is speech. They are saying that when it comes to some Americans, they really don’t give a hoot. It is not their priority. Thus, I am thinking that maybe that should disqualify each and every one of them from being president.
Cause something is wrong here.
In my opinion, what is going on in America with respect to blacks and these police killings rises to the level of genocide. It is is a holocaust. If this exact phenomenon was happening to Jews in America or anywhere else in the world, it would be called a HOLOCAUST.
It is a MAJOR human rights violation going on in America and nobody cares, especially not many of the presidential candidates of 2016. This is crazy!
What is genocide? I looked around and found this:
On December 9, 1948, in the shadow of the Holocaust and in no small part due to the tireless efforts of Lemkin himself, the United Nations approved the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This convention establishes “genocide” as an international crime, which signatory nations “undertake to prevent and punish.” It defines genocide as:
[G]enocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
I opined here that lawyers for these victims in these cases need to take these cases as a type of group action to the international community. This needs international attention. Shame has to be put on the members of our American society who have the power, but abuse their power, and in many cases, ignore their duties and responsibilities to American citizens in many of these cases.
The point of bringing this in an international tribunal (and the defendants will be either the United States Government or the state offiials such as mayors, governors, police chiefs and police officers who continue, through their action or inaction to allow these kinds of human rights violations to occur) is to shame those who should know better.
The case may not be won in the international tribunal. In fact, I can almost guarantee it will be lost. But at least, it will shed light and shame where light and shame are desperately crying out to be shed.
And it will serve ultimately, with additional action and persistent action, as a déterrent. All over the world. Because this is happening in other places! And America serves as an example to other countries. What is okay in America becomes defensible in other countries! America is the leader of the free world. And what is good for Ameria is good for the rest of the world! Even in Holland there are issues of police brutality, and this is the seat of the ICC – the International Criminal Court at the Hague. The very international tribunal I advocate petitioning. Can you believe it?
So it is urgent that the American lawyers handling these cases, consider an international approach as part of the panoply of stratégies and techniques to help defeat this problem (I mean, it is a form of “terror“!) otherwise the lives of a certain group of people in our global society will once again be in peril – even while understanding that this fight will be long.
This is urgent, folks.
Mr Kasich? You are a lawyer, right? What do you think about this? You have said that Tamir Rice protestors should be”heard.” Do you think they should take the case to an international tribunal, therefore?