On of the most glaring examples of racism in this country is the corrupt criminal justice system. White people can many times commit violent crimes with little to no punishment, especially compared to their Black counterparts. This year alone, people have been mortified after seeing freedom secured by the likes of former Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose by shooting him in the back, and Zoe Reardon, the 18-year-old who killed three people with her car, including a three-month-old baby. Now, Shane Piche, 26, who admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl, will also not serve a milli-second in prison despite being convicted for the heinous crime.
According to the Waterford Daily Times, “Shane M. Piche, 26, was sentenced by Judge James P. McClusky to 10 years’ probation, as expected, and will be registered as a Level 1 sex offender as a result of his guilty plea Feb. 21 to third-degree rape.” The former school bus driver, admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl who he allegedly met on the school bus.
Nonetheless, the judge felt because “he had no prior arrests and there was only one victim in this plea, Level 1 was more appropriate.” He is required to pay $375 in court fees and surcharges and a $1,000 special sex offender registration fee.
Each case reminds us that white people can break the law — even rape and kill — with little to no consequences, especially incarceration.
In case you forgot, the Pittsburgh officer who Rose was charged with criminal homicide, which included murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. But he was found not guilty on all charges last month. It was three days of testimony and there were reportedly three African-Americans on the jury.
Also in March, Zoe Reardon took a plea deal to avoid any jail time for possibly texting while driving her Jeep in Woodstock, Georgia, before she hit three people and killed them all in 2017. She was only sentenced to 36 months of probation and won’t see the inside of a prison for the deaths she caused.
Reardon killed Kathy Deming, Kaitlin Hunt and Hunt’s 3-month-old daughter, Riley. They were walking to a concert at the Woodstock amphitheater.
“Riley died the night of the collision. Deming died 10 days later. Kaitlin Hunt was taken off life support a few days after the crash, surgeons having taken measures to follow her wishes as an organ donor,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Watch the heartbreaking video of the victims below:
Reardon, a first-time offender, is expected to get her license back after fulfilling the terms of her probation.
Whites who commit heinous crimes with no consequences is a theme. See some of the shocking cases below.
1. Shane M. Piche
The 26-year-old- bus driver admitted to raping a 14-year-old. No jail time, he only has to pay $375 in court fees and a $1,000 special sex offender registration fee.
2. Michael Rosfeld
On June 19, just hours after he was sworn in as an officer, Rosfeld fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose. During a traffic stop, officers, including Rosfeld, claimed they were investigating a nearby shooting. The driver, Rose and one other person were in the car. The driver was arrested. The other passenger escaped, but was arrested on June 26. Rose allegedly ran and was shot in the back three times. As for the nearby shooting to which officers were responding, investigators confirmed Rose was not involved in the incident. Rosfeld was found not guilty on all charges.
3. George ZimmermanSource:Getty
On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman shot and killed Travon Martin in Sanford, Florida. The killer claimed self-defense and was acquitted of all charges in Florida v. George Zimmerman on July 13, 2013. He has since been in trouble with the law countless times.
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4. Ethan Couch
On June 15, 2013, in Burleson, Texas, Ethan Couch killed four people while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He was indicted on four counts of intoxication manslaughter for recklessly driving under the influence. His attorneys argued that the teen had “affluenza” and needed rehabilitation instead of prison. A judge sentenced him to ten years of probation in Dec. 13. By Dec. 2015, he vanished and when he was found — at a resort in Mexico with his mother — he was finally sent to jail two years, only for violating his probation. He is free to this day.
5. Isaac Turnbaugh
In 2002, Isaac Turnbaugh, of Randolph, Vermont, shot and killed 24-year-old Declan Lyons while working at the American Flatbread Co., a local pizza restaurant. In 2004, he was acquitted. However, shortly after he got away with murder he confessed to police that he was guilty. Nonetheless, authorities did not charge him because of the Fifth Amendment’s “double jeopardy” clause. We have a feeling if Turnbaugh would have been a different complexion, the court system would have found a way.
6. Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz
In 1982, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz attacked Vincent Chin at a Detroit McDonald’s because they claimed Japanese manufacturers were “stealing their jobs” — Chin was Chinese. He was beat to death with a baseball bat. Ebens and Nitz only received three years of probation and a $3,000 fine. In 2012, Ebens finally apologized. Disgusting.
7. Betty Shelby, Terence Crutcher’s Killer
Tulsa police offer Betty Shelby shot and killed unarmed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Reportedly, his hands were up as he stood near his vehicle on the street. A jury acquitted her of first-degree manslaughter in 2017 and just recently it was reported she will not face civil rights chargers. Last year, she was teaching a class on “surviving the aftermath of critical incidents.”
8. Timothy Loehmann, Officer Who Killed 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice
In November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio, Timothy Loehmann killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice within seconds of approaching him. A Cleveland grand jury declined to even bring charges against Loehmann in December 2015. Reportedly, he is now trying to become a police officer again.
9. Darren Wilson, Michael Brown’s KillerSource:Getty
Darren Wilson killed unarmed Michael Brown, 18, on August 9, 2014. The killing contributed to the rise of Black Lives Matter. Brown was shot six times. A St. Louis County grand jury never even indicted Wilson.
10. Daniel Pantaleo, Eric Garner’s Killer
Daniel Pantaleo choked Eric Garner to death on camera on July 17, 2014. A jury declined to indict Pantaleo. A disciplinary trial was scheduled to begin in May to determine if he can still be a police officer.
11. J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, Emmett Till’s Murders
On August 28, 1955, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, kidnapped and lynched Emmett Till after Carolyn Byrant, who is still alive in Mississippi, accused the child of winking or whistling at her. The men were soon arrested but maintained their innocence. The two were acquitted of murder on September 28, 1955. On January 24, 1956, “Look” magazine published their confessions and they were reportedly paid $4,000. They never spent a day in jail for killing a child.
12. 15,000 White People In Waco, Texas
In 1916, 17-year-old Jesse Washington was convicted of murdering his employer’s wife in Waco, Texas. A trial lasted an hour, he was found guilty and released to the crowd. Listverse.com reports he was “beaten, stripped naked, stabbed, and dragged through town to the courthouse” and “locals cut off Washington’s fingers, toes, and genitals and children pulled teeth from his head.” 15,000 people attended, including the sheriff and mayor. Make America great again…