Black lives matter. Only if they happen to have been killed by a white cop during a crime. Black lives certainly don’t matter to people like Tareek.
Tareek Arnold is the poster punk for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
I’m surprised they didn’t show up to protest his sentencing.
He’s, I’m sure, he’s a good boy. His mom was in the courtroom at sentencing. I’m sure she cried.
Tareek has a little history with the court system in New York City. In 2010, he was convicted of a weapons possession charge and sentenced to five years.
He was released on parole late in 2012 and in February 2013 he was arrested on a parole violation and served the remainder of his sentence.
I guess there’s just no place like home.
In June of 2015, he was arrested for attempted murder of a gang rival who shot four times at close range. Obviously Tareek didn’t get any range time in New York State’s oppressive prison system. After he was charged with that crime, as police officers were moving him into a police car with his hands cuffed behind his back, he shoved a cop out of the way and escaped.
Don’t know how he got the cuffs off, but he made those cops look slow… and not too competent.
He was rearrested, tried, and convicted on the new charges. Justice Edward McLaughlin had some not-so-kind-words for the #BlackLivesMatter crowd at Tareek’s sentencing.
“Black lives matter,” Justice Edward McLaughlin told defendant Tareek Arnold, 24, as he sentenced him in Manhattan Supreme Court.
“I have heard it, I know it, but the sad fact is in this courtroom, so often what happens is manifestations of the fact that black lives don’t matter to black people with guns.”
Justice McLaughlin has seen hundreds of crimes like this in his courtroom.
In a twist that could only happen in a story like this, the “victim” testified on behalf of his shooter. The good Justice wasn’t happy about that.
Bizarrely, McCaskill, 39, testified for the defense and insisted that Arnold wasn’t the culprit even though the Harlem shooting was caught on surveillance video.
That spurred McLaughlin to also lash into the victim, who was in court Tuesday sitting with Arnold’s family.
“The video shows that Mr. McCaskill is an abject liar,” said the judge, who has presided over hundreds of gun cases and often rails against the city’s endemic gang violence.
Personally, given that testimony, I’d have been tempted to vote not-guilty. If they want the punk back on the streets …
… put him back on the streets.
After all – here’s the attitude from someone who knows him:
A woman with whom Arnold lives at 2400 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. did not want to show her face as she defended him.
“He’s not a bad person at all, he just lives in a bad neighborhood,” she told Burrell. “He’s a good kid.”
When Burrell said Arnold was accused of shooting at a man and trying to kill him, the woman replied, “A man that killed a man.”
A woman in the apartment later told Schneider said she last saw Arnold before he was arrested Tuesday night.
“I haven’t heard from him. I don’t know where he’s at,” she said. “I’m worried. I hope that nothing bad happens to him.”
When Schneider noted that Arnold took off from police, the woman said, “Yeah, he did.”
Yeah he did lady – and maybe it’ll be someone you know who gets murdered next time. In fact – odds are you definitely will know him.
But whatever, right?
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