Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge, is a weekly co-host of the “Al Sharpton Show” on American Urban Radio Network. An associate editor of New America Media. He hosts the weekly “Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour” on the Hutchinson Newsmaker Network.
Despite the wave of highly questionable police shootings of mostly young blacks and Latinos the past few years, the Justice Department has done almost nothing to nail cops who blatantly kill unarmed citizens.
Despite the Rampart scandal, and the long history of police abuse cases in L.A., it's still virtually impossible to convince many jurors that some police lie, beat, maim and even kill unarmed suspects.
In trying to make sense of Thomas' doctrinaire, contrarian court votes and opinions, the simple answer is that they are payback to civil rights and civil liberties groups for trying to wreck his confirmation to the high court.