It may still be possible for a poor, non-white American citizen mistreated by The Proper Authorities to get justice — or at least some media attention — under the most difficult circumstances. As long as said citizen is related to every Heartland Authoritarian(tm)’s second-favorite non-white Supreme Court Justice:
Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas and family are “outraged” after his nephew was allegedly punched, pulled and tased at a New Orleans hospital, after a possible suicide attempt. The taser put him into a “massive epileptic seizure.”…
Clarence Thomas is headed to New Orleans to check in on his nephew. This sounds miserable:
“Derek Thomas was admitted to West Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Thursday, after a possible suicide attempt, reports ABC affiliate WGNO.
When the Supreme Court justice’s nephew refused to put on a hospital gown and said he wanted to leave the hospital, doctors ordered security to restrain him.
Security guards “punched him in his lip, pulled out more than a fistful of his dreadlocks and tasered him to restrain him,” a statement from Thomas’ family said…”
Since Justice Thomas has not always been on the best of terms with his family (during his confirmation hearings, he famously described one of his sisters as a parasite for living on welfare while caring for their elderly aunt) we can only hope that his newborn “outrage” might translate into a wider sensitivity towards those less fortunate, at least those within his immediate genetic kindred. That’s the problem with giving small-people authoritarians a free hand with the lash, Justice — sooner or later, they’re going to let that awesome power loose on someone whose fate you have to care about, and the cops in Jefferson Parish just don’t have the same training in deference as those handling DUIs in Kennebunkport or cocaine arrests in West Palm Beach. Let us hope, she said piously, that this incident doesn’t cause an awkward rift between Justice Thomas and his mentor Scalia.
Gawker commentor Plmyshkin had the best comment, I believe:
You know what this country needs? Some kind of panel or committee of highly educated judicial scholars to make this sort of thing illegal no matter what backwards state you live in. Why didn’t the founding fathers ever think of that?