Drug-related, gang-related, alcohol-related these are words police officers use to eliminate investigations. When these words are translated, to plain English, these phrases mean that the police believe that the victim got what was coming to them and that the police are going to do as little as possible to solve the crime. On Jan. 4, relatives of my family were found murdered. Right away the police made a conclusion that it was drug-related, and with that news the investigation came to a snail’s pace. Nobody deserves to be shot execution style, in their own home, especially a mother and child. One must ask, are the different ways police handle an investigation discriminatory?
Does the fact that it was drug, gang, or alcohol related, change the fact that a crime happened, and that a criminal is free upon society? Is it not discrimination for police officers not to aggressively investigate crimes just because police officers, and police departments, considered the case of people involved, undesirables? Don’t residents of this country, no matter what walk of life, not deserve an equally aggressive investigation? Don’t families deserve answers and shouldn’t families have the abilities to see the criminals arrested and prosecuted in court? Every police officer applies this discriminatory practice. It looks more as though police appeared to be looking more for justification to eliminate undesirable investigations, rather than looking for facts to solve the crime. This seems to be the main reason why average American families rarely see justice.
William Gaines, Lebanon