A disabled 18-year-old kidnapped, beaten, stabbed and forced to drink water from a toilet in a brutal attack that was streamed on Facebook Live.
A former police officer acquitted of murder and manslaughter after shooting and killing a drunk man on the floor, pleading for his life.
A young woman dying next to her father after a shot fired by a convicted felon, who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter.
On today’s show, Glenn was forced to question our justice system after watching these three devastating cases unfold. Where is the justice for the hate crime victim who was abused by four tormentors, for Daniel Shaver and his widow and for Kate Steinle and her family?
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: He was kidnapped. He was bound with deduct taped. Gagged with an old sock. Beaten. He was stabbed. And he was forced to drink toilet water.
They gave him death threats, made racist remarks, and it was all caught on camera. Intentionally, of course.
Do you remember this attack? It happened in Chicago. Four black teens kidnapped a mentally disabled young man and then streamed it live on Facebook for the whole world to see.
One of the kidnappers, Brittany Herring Covington, she was 19, she was the person that actually recorded the torture on her phone. She’s the one who is caught laughing the entire time, telling them to go further.
A Chicago judge recently let her walk away with 200 hours of community service, after she pleaded guilty to a hate crime, aggravated battery, and intimidation charges.
Well, why the leniency? Because the judge said, I think if I sent her to jail, I don’t think she’s going to come out any better.
Oh. Can I ask you? What — what does — what does the statue of Lady Justice look like? I know she’s blindfolded, but I don’t think that’s a blindfold anymore. She’s holding the scales of justice to weigh both sides. But then she’s holding a sword. And that sword is for swift justice. Here the judge was thinking about the attackers’ best interests.
Well, I understand we just don’t want to throw people in jail. We want something to work. But we also need some punishment. Somehow or another, this just doesn’t seem just.
The three other kidnappers, by the way, are still awaiting trial, and they deserve far more than community service, in my humble opinion.
I don’t understand what’s happening to us. Thursday, last week, former police officer was acquitted of murder or manslaughter for an on-duty shooting.
Remember, this is — this happened the same week that a jury in San Francisco found a man innocent of murder or manslaughter after he killed a woman by shooting her on a pier. Have you seen the — the body cam footage of the police officer that shows an intoxicated, unarmed man? His name was Daniel shaver. He’s crawling towards the police crying, “Please, please, don’t shoot me.”
The officer shot him five times. Killed him. Maybe — maybe this is consistent with police training. That’s what his attorney successfully argued.
But if you watch that footage, I’m sorry. I can’t see how that man posed a threat to the man with the AR.
This was an unnecessary death. Here’s what I just want to ask: Are these three trials signs that we’re way over the cliff? These three trials, kidnapping and brutalizing a handicapped person, and you get community service? Killing a woman on the pier in San Francisco. Not holding her up. Just firing a gun. I don’t need murder. But manslaughter?
And the one that I really hate to judge because I’m not in their position, this police shooting a man. Now, I wasn’t standing in the hallway. But what the hell has happened to our juries? What is happening to our judges? What has happened to our — our grasp on reality? Have we all forgotten common decency and common sense?