Prince George’s County: Out of control

According to this Washington Post article, Pr. George’s Jail Guards Are Mum in Death Probe, The correctional officers refused to talk to State Police.  The Union claims it was because the officers can only talk during work hours.  I thought this was a murder investigation?  I didn’t know there was a certain time of day that you can’t answer questions during an investigation….  Are they practicing the no snitch policy?  How can we tell our youth that the ‘no snitching’ culture is wrong when it is used by adults?

County police expressed frustration yesterday that the controversy over White’s death seemed to be overshadowing the death of Findley, whose funeral is scheduled for tomorrow.

“We all understand that the death of this kid is tragic. However, his actions that led to him being in that predicament don’t even begin to rise to the level of the sacrifice that Findley made,” said Vince Canales, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89. “Everybody needs to take a minute and focus solely on putting him to rest. We’ll get back to the investigation when we have properly buried Corporal Findley.”

Vince Canbales needs to understand that if someone would not have killed Ronnie White, full attention would have been given to Cpl Findley.  Someone who was sworn to protect and serve, slipped up big time.

This leads me to my next point.  Though we need to make sure that Ronnie White’s death be investigated and the person(s) responsible for his death be brought to justice, we must not forget that a police officer was hit buy a truck and dragged to death.  Ronnie White along with others may have been involved in this crime.  

My last point is this: We must use this as a lesson to our youth about the choices they make in life.  If Ronnie and the others would not have engaged in illegal activity, he may be still on this earth today.  I am not saying that the person who murdered Ronnie was justified,  but if Ronnie and others were involved in the death of Cpl. Findley, then they too bare fault in the sense that when you commit crimes or engage in illegal activity, anything can happen.

Courtland Milloy wrote an Op-Ed piece in today’s Washington Post (Black Leaders, Too, Should Be Accountable in Jail Death).  Let me know what you think about it.

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2 Responses

  1. I beleive this man unfortunatly got what he deserved. We all choose our path. IF he had not run down the officer in the 1st place he would not have been in that position. Now 2 lives have been needlessly watseed because of poor judgment and lack of respect for life itself. God will have to deal with him now God bless both men

  2. Sounds like a severe case of Karma to me.

    Even if that is the case, no criminal should ever die at the hands of vigilante justice. If he was involved in the death of the officer, he deserved to be punished, but not killed by the officer’s colleagues. I hate to say it, but that sounds like a lynching to me. I’m not trying to say what the guy did was right, but there’s supposedly a justice system in place to give the guy what he deserved.

    I agree with the piece written by Milloy. I’m not familiar with the area, but I do know that the black leadership has a responsibility to address this issue. It doesnt have to be in the form of an orgaized protest, but they must do something to let the county officials know that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. I hate to judge, but it seems that the black leadership may be too non confrontational

    You’re right. it is a no snitching movement being employed by the police. It’s a bit hypocritical to tell the youth that stop snitching is counterproductive when law enforcement is doing it.

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