By now you know about the case concerning Sandra Bland, a Chicago native woman about to embark on the beginning of her new life here in Texas before DPS Trooper Brian Encinia pulled over Sandra that hot day July 10, 2015 which would change the course of many lives forever. Sandra was found dead in a Waller Co jail cell three days later. Encinia was liable for the initial cause of her death after violating several of her rights and wrongly arresting her. Encinia was indicted of misdemeanor perjury the beginning of January 2016. A charge that’s a slap on the wrist for lying on the Ranger Report. Overseeing that case against Encinia is Waller County Judge Albert McCaig. Another Waller Co official who is in with the “good ol’ boys” as we in the South know as racist white men who hold a lot of power and have been known to look out for each other no matter what. He is intertwined with Waller County DA Elton Mathis and Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith so learning that Judge McCaig was attached to the case of the shooting death of Yvette Smith by ex-officer Daniel Willis is alarming but not surprising.
Yvette Smith, a 47 year old black woman, had simply opened the front door and was murdered within seconds without warning on February 16, 2014 by Daniel Willis. A call had been placed to police cited by the dispatcher claiming that a woman called complaining about two men outside fighting over a gun. However individuals inside the home where the call was made indicated that a gun was never mentioned and that it was a tussle over money. Initially the police along with Willis claimed that the moment Yvette stepped out of the door, that they saw a weapon. However, as cops tend to do when they’ve murdered someone in cold blood, the cops lied. The Bastrop Sheriff Dept later retracted their statement that Yvette had a gun on her when she stepped out of the door onto her front porch however the damage had been done as the cover-up began, a statement made by Sheriff Pickering shortly after the shooting.
A few weeks after the shooting, an investigation led by Bastrop Sheriff Office cited that several supervisors had “altered” Willis’ field training records after the shooting to ensure the records were completed accurately. A lieutenant and a sergeant were demoted to patrol deputy and five additional supervisors also faced disciplinary action because of the record changes. “I honestly don’t believe there was any ill-will or malice. They knew the records were not up to date prior to the incident and were in the process of correcting them,” said Sheriff Terry Pickering.
Of course cops always like to clear themselves of any wrong doing and refuse to accept accountability on their part which is clearly indicated by Sheriff Pickering. In June 2014 a grand jury indicted Willis for murder. Willis was also fired from the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office. His trial in September ended in a mistrial when a jury deadlocked. While the prosecutor sought to issue a re-trial against the former cop, this time there was no jury. Willis’ fate was solely decided by McCaig alone. This gave the good ol’ boy Judge the power to do what he wanted and he did just that.
Thursday afternoon Judge McCaig called Willis the “man in the arena,” referring to a Theodore Roosevelt speech that praised those willing to take risks in the face of failure. The Judge also went on to say “Regardless of my decision, there will be those who attempt to use this tragic situation to further their own personal agendas…” Surely he’s not speaking about #BLACKLIVESMATTER or how the black community (along with other minority communities) actually have good reason to feel as they do? After the Judge read “Not Guilty” for the trigger happy cop, raw emotions broke out. One man yelling “That’s some bullshit!” as he hit the wooden partition. (See video below)
(Statesman.com video credit)
By now many of us know all too well how hearing “Not Guilty” or a Grand Jury coming back issuing a no-bill against an officer who has killed an innocent man or woman, usually black. Many across the nation continue to work harder in the Black Lives Matter movements by tackling corrupted DA’s, Judges, Police Officers, Mayors, Media and more. We are adding black lives to the list daily meanwhile the list of egotistical, arrogant cops like Daniel Willis who admitted that he had no remorse for killing Yvette Smith, continues to grow. Various individuals took to social media claiming that there was a time and a place to react to the verdict and displaying that kind of emotion in the courtroom itself needed to be withheld until after they exited the courtroom.
Well, I know I’m not alone when I say that the time of us sitting down, being respectful, diligent, kissing ass, and begging to be heard is long done. Seeing how we’ve been using that path for quite some time yet we continue to lose minority lives in record numbers, this isn’t the time to hand a flower to the oppressor and beg them to listen to our pleas. We’re reaching a time where people are going to rise up and begin fighting back in their own right. Staying silence is no longer an option. We’re at a crucial time where it’s imperative that BLM continue to educate the masses about police violence while continuing to work against this white supremacist system because at the end of the day, we are one bullet away… one police confrontation away from becoming the new hashtag.