Judge to convicted murderer: 'Black lives don't matter to black people with guns'

Black Lives Matter: How 3 Words Became a Movement
Black Lives Matter: How 3 Words Became a Movement

On Tuesday, Justice Edward McLaughlin lashed out at a man convicted of attempted murder, invoking the name of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Black lives matter," McLaughlin said to defendant Tareek Arnold. "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."

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Arnold was convicted of shooting rival Jamal McCaskill four times at close range, and Prosecutor Meghan Hast asked for maximum sentence, saying "but for extreme luck, this would have been a homicide."

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McCaskill testified, strangely, that Arnold was not the shooter, despite the fact that surveillance video captured the shooting, prompting the judge to declare, "The video shows that Mr. McCaskill is an abject liar."

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Defense lawyer Mark Jankowitz countered by requesting the minimum sentence, arguing that putting Arnold away for too long would leave his one-year-old son without a father.

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McLaughlin shot back, "Do not ask a judge in this room, in this building, or in this system to somehow make amends for the people who commit violent acts and who by their violent acts wind up leaving people orphaned, abandoned, fatherless, et cetera."

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