AFRICANGLOBE – Recently, Jared Fogle, the now former Subway pitchman, reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to multiple counts of commercial sex acts with a minor (see: child rape) and obtaining child pornography of twelve other children as young as 6 years old.
For victimizing fourteen children since 2007, he will serve as little as five years in prison and is currently at his home in rural Indiana wearing a monitoring anklet while awaiting sentencing.
Meanwhile, in downtown Baltimore, Allen Bullock is set to go to trial for smashing a traffic cone through the windshield of a police car during the protests that occurred after the murder of Freddie Gray. He is being charged with malicious destruction of property and rioting, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Bullock is currently free on $500,000 bail, which is more than the six police officers charged with the murder of Freddie Gray. The state is making no effort to hide it’s desire to make an example of Bullock to dissuade other citizens from engaging in acts of civil disobedience.
“I think the $500,000 he’s released on is an example of the arbitrary and capricious nature of our bail system,” said Maryland state delegate Jill P. Carter. “It’s an example of the grave disparities in our racist justice system.”
I was in Baltimore on the ground documenting the “Baltimore Uprising” when the protest march turned into a riot after police converged on the peaceful protesters and began assaulting people with clubs and pepper spray. Yet the state, nor its representatives, has admitted any blame, or even accepted a portion of the responsibility for creating the situation that led to Bullock facing a life sentence for allegedly instigating a riot.
As you can see in the clip below, there were dozens of people engaged in the destruction of property, and thousands of others who shut down portions of Baltimore for the better part of a week. Yet, Allen Bullock will stand alone in front of a judge and be asked to take responsibility for causing a riot, and possibly spend the rest of his life in prison while Jared Fogle rests comfortably at home writing checks to his victims.
So once again, America is forced to confront the blatant and unrepentant system of two-tiered justice, which consistently allows the worst elements of society leniency for being white, while making an example of young Black men.
By: James Woods