Why A Black Man’s Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
February 11 2015

Why A Black Man’s Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

…in a new book, Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy cites other statistics: About 40 percent of those Americans who are murdered each year are African-American males. And in Los Angeles, where Leovy covers crime, police arrest a suspect in those killings only 38 percent of the time over the last 30 years, amounting to what she calls ‘impunity for the murder of black men.’

In the State of the Union this week, President Obama noted that crime in America is down. “For the first time in 40 years,” he said, “the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together.”

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A car pulls up around the corner. A young black man jumps out of the car, raises his gun and shoots. Bryant is struck in the head and falls on the lawn. … His father is a homicide detective, an RHD, which is the elite homicide unit in the LAPD. …

crime down, but is racism in policing?

The LAPD, I think, sensibly treated this case as any case. But there were some twists and turns when it went unsolved for a couple months. Frustrations mounted in the department. It was an extremely emotional case, as you might imagine, for all of Tennelle’s [father’s] colleagues. Eventually the case is transferred from one detective to another. The lieutenant in charge asks around and says, “Who really do we have who really knows the street, who really solves cases?” And they come up with the name of John Skaggs, who had been quietly toiling in a backwater … solving these kinds of crimes. He has expended great effort doing thankless work on cases that no one in the city noticed at all.

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[Ventura County, California criminal defense lawyer and State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist Jay Leiderman provides defense of cases involving oppression leveled against activists and hacktivists. He does all types of cases involving the digital revolution, civil rights, political dissent, emerging tech issues in the courts, piracy, Search and seizure issues, freedom on the internet, fighting against unjust systems, governmental and prosecutorial overreach, medical marijuana, and overall injustice. Jay fights for the underdog. Jay is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Jay is pro-privacy for hte individual and believes in transparency for hte state and large corporations. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), The California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA) and is also a lifetime member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ). He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.]

5 thoughts on “Why A Black Man’s Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

  1. The LA Tims doesn’t own anything. Unsolved homicides belong to the LAPD. I am tired of pressure to solve them. This would take pressure off the killers, if that Errol Flynn, that rapist Napier, LAPD, impressed alone, sticks the rap on a patsy. I want who did it, including you, especially you LAPD, Rampart. I’ll be sleeping over here. Bye. “Bye!”

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