Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, April 9, 2009

TURNING POINT

Editors note: After the following comments were lodged, Bryant Wilkerson was acquitted of manslaughter, aggravated assault, and felony endangerment. The jury found Wilkerson guilty of fleeing the scene of an accident he didn't cause. See Sarah Fenske's column for coverage.

Racist hellhole: Kafkaesque indeed! This story should be sent out to anybody even thinking of moving to Maricopa County, especially if [he or she is] a minority.

This county is filled with racists who elect racists as sheriff and county attorney. Why should we expect anything else to happen to Bryant Wilkerson? Of course, they are going to nail the N-word for the crime instead of the pretty white young thing with affluent parents!

For a minority like myself, this story is terrifying. With the bad economy, [I] won't be [moving] for a while, because I'm stuck like everybody else, but I'm going to move away from this hellhole as soon as I can.
Millicent Jones, Tempe

Yeah, we all try to keep a low profile here: I'm so glad I moved out of Maricopa County when I did. Because it was only a matter of time until I violated some minor law and spent time in one of Joe Arpaio's gulags. It doesn't take much, as Sarah Fenske's article proves.

Must be nice to have connected parents who can get you out of trouble at the expense of a man who (while not totally innocent) certainly is less guilty than a drunken teenager driving recklessly.

Just another outrage by the MCSO and County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Par for the frickin' course.
Terry Gentille, Tucson

Yuma's now a beacon of justice: Too bad Bryant Wilkerson isn't an illegal alien. He might just get kicked out of the country for what he's done. Seriously, this is unbelievable!

I've thought of moving to Phoenix for years, to get out of Yuma, which truly has little to say for itself. But I'd much rather stay put these days, after reading in New Times what's going on over there with Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas. Though I'm a citizen, I'm sure I'd wind up with an ICE hold and probably get the crap kicked out of me, to boot.

Sure, Wilkerson shouldn't have left the scene, but decades in jail for a death caused by a rich, drunken, white teenager?! If he were a well-off, middle-aged white man, this wouldn't be happening to him.

And I think the argument that he booked because he knows how minorities are treated by county cops is valid. Arpaio is famous for his racism these days!

People of color will never catch a break as long as Arpaio and Thomas rule. I hope the U.S. Justice Department takes care of Joe Arpaio. Too bad the feds can't find a reason to go after his pal, Andrew.
Raul Urrea, Yuma

Apparently the jury in this case: I can't believe this is happening in the United States of America! Is Arizona even a real state?! Where are the civil rights organizations regarding this?

Something needs to be done. The public officials involved need to be made to account for this gross miscarriage of justice. Are there no decent people in Phoenix, besides reporter Sarah Fenske?
Ray Pendergast, Las Vegas

He's still busy fixing the economy: Great story! Just shows that racism and injustice are alive and well in John McCain's Arizona. If he's such a good guy, why doesn't Senator McCain himself step in and help this young black man?!
David Preston, San Francisco

They mishandle the truth: What a total bunch of bullshit! Once again the MCSO screws up a case by being so inept, and once again Candy Dandy Thomas couldn't care less about justice or the truth.

Maricopa County's justice system has got to be the most fucked-up thing I've ever seen. Only in this county does the truth mean nothing. Should be called the county "injustice system."
Jim Cozzolino, Peoria

Got the wrong guy: Just face the facts, the MCSO screwed up, and now — instead of doing the right thing and admitting it — [authorities] just charge Bryant Wilkerson with manslaughter.

I've never heard of someone being charged with manslaughter because someone hit him from behind and killed [the passenger in the rear car].

This is a tragic case, but one that should have been resolved a long time ago with Wilkerson getting time served — he spent three months in jail — and probation.

Laura Varker shouldn't have a driver's license, much less get off with just one day in jail and fines.

If she didn't do anything wrong, why the need to coach witnesses the next day? Sorry, this shows me that they knew she screwed up.
David Saint, Phoenix

Eric, pleeeease come help us: Add this to the pile of letters going to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on civil rights violations in Arizona. Sarah Fenske did a great job of showing the public what is going on in Maricopa County courts.

This case is so wrong on so many levels that it sends chills down my spine.
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William Crum
William Crum

For those who can't handle the truth and think that Steve don't like white guys;please pull your head out of joe's butt. I might even feel that Andi was looking for campaign money from the white guy who daughter should be in jail now instead of one day. I guess Andi doesn't have much respect for the value for of someone killed by neglect. It was probaly about the money;andi, you are not getting to get elected as ASAG(AZ State Attorney General) because you can't run for political office with felonies. Right now they are alledgely crimes but in the future it is my personal opinion that will change because the whole country knows about you now. I hear 20/20 knocking on your door, AGAIN. Don't answer the door because they will put the truth on you again across the country again.

Ralph
Ralph

Steve Lemmons seems to have issues. Does he hate white people?

 
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