The Prevailing Impediment When Investigating People Of Color

PolitiChicks.comMost have heard the phrase, “snitches get stitches”, and unfortunately the idea of being harmed by a suspect when being an informant can damage a high profile case. Leave it to Congressman Gowdy to make another excellent point. While questioning Ms. Ramierz, during a judiciary committee hearing on 21st Century policing, Gowdy points out the biggest impediment when investigating homicides involving people of color, is the unfortunate fact that a case is diminished by the lack of cooperation from witnesses. Ms. Ramierz strongly agreed with the Congressman’s assertion and continued by stating, “For every prosecutor, this is a serious problem, and you are correct for pointing that out”.

With so many high profile cases involving people of color, and so many marching for justice, could some of the cases be best fought if more individuals came forward? In case you assumed I was only referring to black crimes, I have taken this a bit further. What about those crimes with few cooperating because of the fear of deportation? Certainly if I was in the country illegally, and I witnessed a murder, I would not Google map the nearest police station for testimonial purposes.

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I look forward to the new strategies being discussed to enforce equality, also known as, “Operation All Lives Matter”. Witnesses are crucial to prosecutors investigating violent crimes, and if we want justice, we have to help them, help us.

Kimberly Klacik

District of Columbia Politichick Kimberly Klacik has a passion for politics. Once a democrat and President Obama supporter, Kimberly began to recognize the "land of the free" was slowly becoming the "land of the lost". As a nonprofit Founder/Executive Director headquartered in Baltimore, MD., Kimberly witnesses firsthand the misuse of government aid and the cultural crisis creating an economic disaster. Potential Me is an organization supporting women going into either the workforce, college, trade school, or the military. Kimberly spent most of her childhood in Accokeek, Maryland writing country music and reading a ton of fiction. From the hospitality industry to teaching gymnastics to preschoolers, Kimberly now considers herself a proficient people person. As a volunteer on Capitol Hill, Kimberly will converse with both members of Congress and their staff, on the record, in hopes of gaining some insight on what makes them tick.

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