Friday, September 21, 2007

Justin Barker: The Forgotten Victim In The Jena Six Case

Lost in the coverage of the Jena Six Case is the fact that there was one very real victim - a victim who was savagely beaten, nearly losing an eye in the process. Unfortunately, the national media and the political plutocracy are so infatuated with people of color that they'll say or do anything to excuse misbehavior on their part. It's an Orwellian cultural reversal - blacks can do no wrong, whites can do no right. This may not be so apparent in places like the Intermountain West and Alaska, where laws still tend to be enforced with minimal racial distinctions, but it is clearly the case in other parts of the country.

By the way, the real victim has a name: Justin Barker (pictured upper left). According to eyewitness accounts, one of the six hit Justin from behind, after which he fell down in between the gym door and the concrete barricade. Robert Bailey then kneeled down and punched Justin in the head. Then Carwin Jones kicked him in the head. Theo Shaw then tried to kick him but another student intervened to try and stop the fight. Mychal Bell was also standing over Justin.

Justin Barker was taken by ambulance to LaSalle General Hospital’s emergency room, arriving at 12:25 p.m., according to court documents. A report from the ambulance company stated Barker “denies any pain other than his eye.” Once in the emergency room, Barker told medical personnel that he had been “jumped by 15 guys” and was unsure of what he had been hit with, according to the emergency physician’s record in the court file. The record noted an injury to Barker’s right eye requiring follow-up medical attention and injuries to his face, ears and hand.

A Computed Tomography scan of Barker’s brain showed no abnormalities, but there were reports of him losing consciousness during the attack, according to hospital records. Barker was discharged about three hours after being admitted to the ER. Later that night, he attended a ring ceremony at the school, where he was presented his class ring by his parents, something Kelli Barker said her son really wanted to be a part of, even though he was still in pain. According to court documents, the initial trip to the emergency room cost $5,467.

So 20,000 (mostly black) people, along with the Three Civil Rights Whores Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Martin Luther King III, along with the retinue of National Media Whores, descended upon the peaceful Louisiana town of Jena, not to protest the beating of Justin Barker by six black thugs, but to protest the fact that the six black thugs were being brought to justice. Sure, some mistakes were made early in the sequence. An outraged prosecutor initially charged some of the thugs with attempted murder, but he soon regained his senses and downgraded the charges to aggravated battery, more commensurate with the actual gravity of the crime. But that was not good enough for the Three Civil Rights Whores and their sockpuppets, who had already tasted political blood. They were out to get their pound of flesh from Jena, and get their pound of flesh they did. And now a Lousiana city of 3,000 people is under the microscope, being misrepresented as a retrograde Jim Crow city. However, Jena seems to be holding up well under the strain; on Friday, Judge J.P. Mauffay Jr., disregarding public pressure, courageously denied a request to allow Mychal Bell to be freed while his appeal is being reviewed.

To correct for the media bias in favor of the Jena 6, District Attorney Reed Walters issued the following statement on Wednesday September 19th. Originally posted on the Alexandria Town Talk website, the link has gone bad, but fortunately it was also cross-posted on the Vanguard News Network Forum:

Good afternoon. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to begin by introducing Justin Barker. Justin is the young man who is the victim in this case. With all the focus on the defendants, many people seem to have forgotten that there was a victim. The injury that was done to him and the serious threat to his survival has become less than a footnote. But when you're talking about justice and a criminal proceeding, you can not forget the victim, and I will not.

Next, I must tell you that in Louisiana criminal proceedings a criminal defendant is protected against a prosecutor's saying things outside of court to prejudice the case. So, no matter how much I would like to say, and no matter what you ask me, there are likely to be certain areas that I simply can't go into. These are rules that are properly established to preserve a defendant's presumption of innocence, and I must live by them. Nevertheless, I do want to set the record straight on a few things that the news media seem not to understand and to answer your questions as best as I can.

This case has been portrayed by the news media as being about race. The fact that it takes place in a small southern town lends itself to that portrayal. But this case is not and has never been about race. It is about finding justice for an innocent victim and about holding people accountable for their actions. That's what it is about.Some specific aspects of the case seem not to be well understood. Let me begin with the incident involving the hanging of three nooses on the high school tree. This was an awful act. It was not a prank but a vicious and crude statement by some people I truly wish I could have prosecuted. I searched the Louisiana statutes for an offense that fit that act, but it is simply not there.

It has been suggested that I charge the perpetrators of that noose hanging with a "hate crime." But in Louisiana law, a "hate crime" exists primarily as a sentencing enhancement to other crimes that have been proven. ... Similarly, the U.S. attorney searched the federal statutes for a crime with which to charge these people, but he, too, had to accept the fact as I did that there was none that could be proved.

But again, I cannot overemphasize what a villainous act I believe this was. The people who did it should be ashamed of themselves and mortified at the havoc that they have unleashed on this community.As to the incident in which Justin Barker was blind-sided with no chance to defend himself, this has been frequently characterized as a "schoolyard fight." This was no "schoolyard fight." To call it that creates sort of a boys-will-be-boys image that is not correct.

All the evidence was that Justin walked out of the gymnasium door, he was punched in the head by Mychal Bell and rendered unconscious. As he lay on the ground, unaware of even what was happening, he was kicked repeatedly and brutally by several people. Only the intervention of an uninvolved student prevented him from suffering even more serious injury or even death. Please, ladies and gentlemen, do not forget that there was a real victim in this incident. And to continue to refer to this as a "schoolyard fight" is to intentionally mislead the public.

The last point I want to make is that in all of the telling of this story, a direct linkage is made between the incident of those nooses and this attack on Justin Barker. When this case was brought to me, during our investigation and during the trial, there was no such linkage ever suggested. The notion that there was an unbroken series of events that began with the hanging of the nooses and culminated in the attack at the school was never presented. This compact story line has only been suggested after the fact.Finally, concerning my decision whether to take this case to the Louisiana Supreme Court. I have not yet decided. The Third Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling only came down last Friday [Sept. 14], and I have not had time to carefully review that opinion, review the facts and review the law. I wish I could tell you what I will do right now, but as I stand here today, I simply do not know the answer to that question.

Most of the mainstream media coverage is still biased in favor of the "Jena 6". Examples include CBS News, MSNBC, and in particular, ABC News, which aired a story entitled "La. Protest Harks Back to '50s, '60s", painting a completely false picture of Jena as a holdover Jim Crow town. A similar case is that of the bedreadlocked convicted black cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who murdered police officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood. Jamal's supporters express no concern about Faulkner. It's obvious there's a double standard alright - but not against blacks, since their rate of incarceration generally matches their rate of crime. It's a double standard against whites.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mychal bell commited a HATE CRIME. He should be charged as such because if it were the other way around and Justin and his crew beat Mychal Bell it would have been a hate crime. What is wrong with these people?