A Massachusetts police officer accused of spitting on and kicking a Latino teen during an arrest in 2016, yelling “welcome to the white man’s world”, has been arrested and charged with three counts of federal civil rights violations.
According to the indictment, Springfield officer Gregg Bigda also threatened to “stick a fucking kilo of coke in [the juvenile’s] pocket and put [the juvenile] away for fucking 15 years”, and to “fucking kill [the juvenile] in the parking lot”.
Those comments, which came during an interrogation after the arrest, were captured on video and publicly released by the Republican newspaper in 2016. In the footage Bigda can be heard yelling: “I’m not hampered by the fucking truth ‘cause I don’t give a fuck! People like you belong in jail. I’ll charge you with whatever!”
In the indictment, prosecutors described the officer’s behavior as “so abusive that it shocks the conscience”.
In addition to three counts of violating the civil rights of those arrested, Bigda was charged with one count of obstructing justice for allegedly writing a false report.
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I have one question, if this was “so abusive” that it shocked the conscience, why did it take almost three years to arrest Gregg Bigda?
I have two other questions, what happened to the 16-year-old and the other kids? Are they in jail awaiting trial?
It appears the US criminal justice system respects the presumption of innocence and follows due process when whites commit crimes, yet that is not the case when non-whites are suspects. In the latter case, there is a presumption of guilt, and due process is often lacking. My last question, why is that?