4 votes – Williams not imminent threat

The Inquest into the shooting of John T. Williams, Native American Deaf woodcarver, results in half the jurors (4) saying Williams was not a threat to officer Birk, 1 juror saying he was, and 3 jurors being unsure

See past entry at People of the Eye  re: the shooting of John T. Williams

see links below re: recent inquest results

Jury in police shooting inquest splits on key question Seattle PI

The Williams case needs a tangible resolution Editorial in The Seattle times

Inquest Jury Vote Casts Doubt On Police Officer’s Action KUOW.org TRANSCRIPT

A Native perspective on the inquest into the shooting of John T. Williams

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tim V
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 00:03:09

    Well…it would be difficult being a juror in this case. Think about it — if you rule against the police officer — what would be the consequence to that officer who thought he was doing his job.

    But at the same time, we really cannot allow officers to think that they can shoot people from behind their back based solely on their failure to obey verbal commands without consequences.

  2. Don G.
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 04:26:39

    So, the officer is getting off? Wish the Seattle Deaf community would riot or at least march in protest over this decision and wake some people up! As it is, it’s just going to be another thing swept under the audist rug.

  3. handeyes
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 10:58:58

    heye tim –

    thanks for ur comment. well the votes by the jurors should be based on truths and not worry about the outcome except for justice and justice and truth are married

    heye don –

    i didnt read it as “the officer will get off” – i did read it to be that the Inquest is not legally binding and that it is now in the prosecutions hands to determine if Office Birk is to be charged with a crime

    one lawyer says – the vote shows there is enough there to charge him with – the other says he was just doing is duty

    there is something lacking that didnt get ask?
    Do you think John T williams fully heard and understood the order to drop the knife?

    odd eh?

    re: riots – no thanks but organized civil protest – YEP its the only way to go

    the brother (rick williams) says the family wants a criminal try and he also says he dont blame the whole police dept – see quote at the end of the video

    some folks r just plain good

    gives me hope but i too am a wondering and a worrying – whats it gonna be?

    lady injustice or lady justice????

    man can be killed for crossing a street and not obeying a command in a matter of a few SECONDS or justice can say not cool

    regardless – john t williams is never gonna carve again on this plain

    and that plain makes me sad

    thank u both again for sharing ur thoughts and caring about john and birk and humanity



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