Sacramento has mastered a new kind of Jim Crow for the 21st Centory.
A federal judge has ruled that Sacramento County attorneys improperly excluded two African American jurors “because of the color of their skin” in an upcoming trial in which the plaintiff was black.
U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez made the finding of racial discrimination May 2 in a case where a former inmate is suing Sacramento County, Sheriff Scott Jones and three other sheriff’s employees over psychiatric care and use of force in the downtown jail.
In making his ruling, Mendez dismissed the jury that already had been selected earlier in the week and ordered that a new one be impaneled.
Jones had been sitting at the defense table with four attorneys for the county when the lawyers made peremptory challenges to the only two African Americans in the jury pool, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.
Peremptory challenges allow lawyers to dismiss potential jurors without offering an explanation.“What’s happening here is that Sheriff Jones and the county have used discriminatory animus in their process of selecting a jury, and that simply should never be allowed to happen by a public entity and public officials,” one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Dan Stormer, said in an interview Wednesday.
Mr. Stormer was being gracious. The reality is, Sacramento is a racist town in a racist county, run by racist white elites. It’s how they roll.
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