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Marietta, GA.

 

 Rachel Nelson, a 30 year old mother, was crossing a street with her 4 year old child. A motorist runs into them, killing the child. Driver speeds away and is arrested later on. Nelson, who is black, is charged and convicted of homicide by vehicle (she was a pedestrian!) in the second degree, crossing roadway elsewhere than at crosswalk (small residential road w/ no markers) and reckless conduct(?!). Apparently Nelson was eventually sentenced to probation - but had initially faced up to 3 goddamn years in prison! Guess what the driver Jerry L.Guy got... six months. For running over a small child. Who admitted to being drunk and on painkillers at the time. Who was PREVIOUSLY convicted ov TWO hit and runs and had served two years.

 

 

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219922

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I hadn't read the last part about the guy who actually ran into them had a record and admitted he was DUI...  zero tolerance as usual only applies to black and brown youth.
I've read over this story and there was NEVER any mention ov warrents or ANY such criminal record!

I'm sorry, but i'm calling total bullshit here.

 Based on what i've read, the mother "jaywalked" across a residential road with very little traffic. Their probably weren't any [marked] cross walks where she was. Thing is this: you cross a street not based on pre-destined crosswalks so much, but based on personal observation/assesment on HOW SAFE IT IS to cross. I've had jobs in industrial areas ov town that meant me crossing a 6-7 lane road with NO viable crosswalk in practical walking distance. I simply waited until there was a lull in traffic. THIS is how people behave in real life you know - it's just not realistic to expect someone to walk several blocks out ov their way, just to get to a "legal cross-walk".

 

Besides, repeated studies show that people are MORE likely to be hit/killed in crosswalks than if they so-called "jay-walked"!

It's fucking bullshit that this woman be criminally charged at all! She didn't do a goddamned thing wrong! 

Yeah, some people should definately NOT have kids, but i don't think that applies to the mother in question. And i'm quite certain most people see the vehicle coming RIGHT at them, perhapes acouple ov milliseconds before they get hit. Most people, if given time, would move right out ov the way.

 

And the video is crazy, but i really don't see what that has to do with this. The two miserable dummies in the video are CLEARLY crossing a VERY busy intersection and walked their kid right into the path ov an on-coming SUV. The driver (may we assume was NOT wasted nor has hit 'n run priors) probably didn't see them in enough time to react, since they were obscured by the camper. And yeah, they were WITHIN a CROSSWALK, btw. Which kind ov reinforces my earlier point.

 

But what's in this video is COMPLETELY different from what happened in the article at the top ov this thread. What we see in the video you posted is CLEARLY criminal neglect!

Damos, is called racism and the criminalization of poor Black motherhood.  Fortunately, our folks know how to use the power of the internet!  It was only through the web, especially social media, that soooo many of us signed the petition to see this sista released from serving 3 years in prison.  Anne Kurry did an incredible interview of her, too, on the Today show.  People stood up and said "Fuck no!!" and now she's home.  Our justice system has always been skewed against poor people of color.  And in case you haven't noticed, there has been an all out assault against poor Black, single mothers.  

 

BTW, Rachel Nelson had no fucking record.  She was very poised and articulate when on the Today show.  But it was obvious she was in serious trauma, having lost her son and facing prison time.  This is our country!

This is the third Today show interview.  Filmed after she was given probation. 

 

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Oh believe me, i'm fully aware that there's a war against poor black people in this rotten-ass country!
I agree that it was only directed at the black mother BUT she was jaywalking. I have seem people walk out into the road while A car was coming full speed ahead, people have to slam on the brakes to stop and that can cause a major accident. So I am split on the issue, they did unjustly target her because she was black but she deserved it.

"...BUT she was jaywalking"

"...but she deserved it."

 

Wow, really? She deseverd to be criminally charged and made to face 3 years in prison? REALLY? You say you saw OTHER PEOPLE walk out into the direct path ov a car, right. So does that mean that Rachel Nelson, should suffer collective punishment b/c ov what other dummies do?!

Again, based on what i've read, the mother here didn't just recklessly walk out into the path ov a speeding vehicle. Also, what seems to be lost on folks here is that the DRIVER SPED OFF!!! Not only that, the guy previously did two years in prison for TWO hit 'n runs - within the SAME DAY! He got 6 monthes for running over that kid! Many people do way more time just WAITING to go to court, sheesh! Folks get more time for property damage. According to articles, the driver was drunk and speeding at the time. So the lady probably had NO time to react.

 

 But keep this in mind, we're talking about a drunk and speeding driver with a history ov hit 'n runs. Sooooo, even if the mom and here kids HAD been in a crosswalk, it probably wouldn't have made a goddamned bit ov difference!

 

Unless yall know ov any drunk drivers who stop at crosswalks.

It is bullshit that this woman is even being charged.That person that hit her son was in no state to be even driving a vehicle.

Why do i get the feeling you're just being fececious now? YOU might think this is a big joke, but other folks take this shit seriously.

Tetsuya said:
Your arguement is Valid. There should be a serious investigation into this guys life by ACLU or Amnesty International or NAACP....or  some attorney pro bono. He should be sued for millions and everything he owns should be taken away. The Neigborhood watch and homeowners asssociation should post his photo and car and put the words CHILD KILLER on it. Every store that does NOT agree to post up the photo/flyer should be put on a website that will alert ALL people of color to boycott that establishment. child killers should be tarred, feathered and hung.
The sentencing is definitely bad, but besides that I see WAY too many folks jaywalking with their kids on busy streets in my city, often times with a crosswalk a few yards down the block. That's irresponsible parenting.

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