I was charged with a crime by a
police officer solely on the word of
a man with a grudge
without hearing my side.
Two different officers.
Two different accusers.
Both times I went to court expecting to be heard...
...only to be told the charges had been dropped.
From beginning to end I never had the opportunity to speak. Nobody bothered to hear
my side. Nor was the alleged witness contacted
for his side.
Criminalization is no substitute for mediation. Allowing one side to speak, but not the other, is wrong. Valuing the word of one side, but dismissing and de-valuing the other, is wrong. Ten million Americans are trapped in the criminal justice system, many for victimless crimes; many simply because they lacked the resources to mount a defense.
As if they're all innocent, you said? Is that what you said? If everybody who broke the law were imprisoned there'd be more in jail than out.
Our police-prison conveyor belt needs an influx of empathy and an emphasis on conciliation and understanding -- concepts rooted in love.
The day will come when
after harnessing space,
the tides and gravitation,
We shall harness for God
the energies of love.
And on that day,
For the second time in the history of the world,
Humankind will have discovered
Quotation from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin