Hey Blue Lives Matter! Your blind bootlicking can not and will not save you when the Blue turns on you. This is not about being anti-cop… it’s about being anti-bad cop. Your inability to differentiate between good and bad cops and hold bad cops accountable is what destroys your whole premise. There are bad cops doing bad things. They lie, cheat, and steal. They rape, murder, and abuse. Your denial of this fact does not mean it doesn’t exist. Take the case of the Jackson cop who decided to blame a black man for shooting her at a time where tensions between police and black communities were especially high.
On September 13, 2016 Officer Sherry Hall from the Jackson Police Department called for help on her police radio because she’d been shot by America’s boogeyman… a black man. The call had her brothers-in-blue swarming the area, a dark, wooded cul-de-sac in Jackson, like flies. Police were hell-bent on catching and bringing this black man to justice… dead or alive. The manhunt soon expanded to all of Butts County. At one point, a man who resembled Hall’s description of her shooter was taken in for questioning. But he was released. Things could have went horribly wrong with overzealous trigger-happy cops out for blood. Calmer heads prevailed and tensions didn’t flare even further.
According to Hall, she pulled into Camilla Court around midnight she turned her car spotlight on a black man wearing a green shirt. Before realizing it, she was shot adding that she took cover behind her patrol car and fired off two rounds in response. The killer black man stood 6 feet tall and weighed about 230 pounds. He was wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants. Hall claimed the man pulled out a gun and fired on her unprovoked. The AJC reports the bullet was lodged in Hall’s ballistic vest.
At the time of the shooting, there was an increased fear of retaliation from black people over the abuses black people disproportionately suffer at the hands of police. Even as far south as Atlanta, black retaliation was stoking fears.
But what everyone took to be gospel was soon proven to be pure malarkey. Her squad car’s video system was operating even though she’d failed to turn on the blue lights. The audio from that recording revealed two shots, not three like Hall claimed. Three casings were found at the scene: two from Hall’s service weapon by the car and one from a department-issued backup firearm that Hall kept in her nightstand.
Hall also gave inconsistent descriptions about the alleged shooter, said Assistant District Attorney James Moss, who credited local authorities and the GBI for conducting a thorough investigation.
When it was all said and done, it didn’t take long for a jury to see through the smoke and mirrors and find the Jackson cop guilty on 11 criminal charges. The charges included Hall making false statements, violating her oath and tampering with evidence.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson then made Hall, 43, pay for her crimes. He gave her 15 years in prison followed by another 23 years on probation. She is now at Arrendale State Prison in Alto.
Hall’s attorney, Jordan Van Matre, has filed motion for a new trial on her behalf claiming the sentencing was too harsh. Her brother, Steve Weaver, echoed the sentiments despite being dumbfounded about her actions.
“She’s scared to death of prison,” Weaver said. “She wanted to take a plea, but not one that included prison time. She thought spending 90 days in jail before posting bond was enough.”
The plea agreement on the table for Hall was five years in prison followed by five years on probation. She believed her white privilege coupled with the Blue Shield afforded a more lenient sentence and slap on the wrist.
On the other hand, another black man could have lost his life at the hands of police over a white woman’s lies.
“It was dumbfounding that she went to trial,” Moss said. “She never took responsibility. She invented out of whole cloth a black man who shot her, and if law enforcement hadn’t done their jobs right, we could have had a gentleman wrongly charged with a crime.”