No Justice, Peace

December 19, 2016

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No Justice, Peace

The greater part of justice is retribution but the greater part of peace may be to forgive those who wrong us. After seeking justice for more than seven years, an Ohio man named Michael “Biker Mike” McCloskey finally decided that he longed for peace.

On May 23, 2009 Thomas Caine White, a part-time, small town cop in Ottawa Hills, Ohio gunned down McCloskey (above) during what should have been a routine traffic stop. It was such a blatantly evil deed that it has taken White all these years to finally thwart justice. And he probably couldn’t have accomplished that without the financial and emotional support of the despicable police unions. McCloskey has spent the last seven and a half years trying to live with the cruel hand life dealt him.

McCloskey and a friend named Aaron Snyder were riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles home from work at about 2:15 in the morning when McCloskey stopped them for exceeding the 25 miles per hour speed limit. Both men pulled over within seconds. McCloskey who did not know why he was being stopped, neglected to turn off his motorcycle and raise his hands so White, who exited his patrol car with his gun drawn, shot him in the back. White was shifting his bike into neutral when he was shot.

When McCloskey fell, paralyzed, his motorcycle fell on top of him. His hot exhaust pipes landed on his leg and although he could not move he could still feel the pain. He felt the pain from the severe burns he suffered for years. McCloskey screamed with pain that night. When Snyder ran to his friend’s aid and asked White and a second policeman named Christopher Sargent to help him get the bike off his friend Sargent replied,  “He’s your friend. You get the bike off of him.”

Ten Years

White was eventually charged with felonious assault with a gun enhancement and tried for his crime. His defense, supported by expert witnesses, was that bikers are dangerous, that he reasonably feared for his life and that the guilt he felt from shooting McCloskey was punishment enough.

A former FBI Agent and professional expert witness named Urey Patrick testified that, “If McCloskey had turned off the bike and raised his hands on the handle bars this wouldn’t have happened,”

Another expert witness, a Columbus Swat cop named James Scanlon who has shot three people in the line of duty and killed one of them, believed the “information void” about police shootings is often “filled by misinformation and criticism from friends and relatives of those shot by police. Officers, often traumatized by the experience, face additional stress when they are second guessed by the public without response from police officials.”

Scanlon told the jury McCloskey was maimed in a “justified shooting” during a “chaotic situation.”

On May 13, 2010, a little less than a year after he shot McCloskey, a jury found White guilty and he was sentenced to ten years in prison. But White was allowed to remain free on $100,000 bond while he pursued an appeal. He has never spent a day in jail.

Anarchy And Love

White’s  appeal was funded by the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc. and The National Fraternal Order of Police

During a hearing before the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals in January 2013 a police union lawyer named Christina L. Corl argued, “You have to understand that a police officer acting and discharging his service weapon in the line of duty is just fundamentally different from the armed robber holding up a gas station.”

The appeals court agreed that the law is different for cops. Quoting an Iowa case titled State v. Smith, the court ruled “An officer, in the performance of his duty as such, stands on an entirely different footing from an individual. He is a minister of justice, and entitled to the peculiar protection of the law. Without submission to his authority there is no security, and anarchy reigns supreme. He must, of necessity, be the aggressor, and the law affords him special protection.”

The case White and McCloskey shared finally found its conclusion last Thursday in a Lucas County, Ohio courtroom. As part of a plea agreement, White pled no contest to misdemeanor assault. In return he was given a suspended 90 day sentence, a year’s probation and prohibited from working as a sworn peace officer.

When Judge Gary Cook asked McCloskey if the plea deal was what he wanted “to have occur in your case,” the crippled man, holding a Bible, replied “Yes, 100 percent.”

“I can cry with a smile now, knowing the truth,” McCloskey told the judge, “and I just want to thank Him for turning this testimony of me never giving up into something much more powerful and something that I pray can move mountains in people’s lives. It’s just a wonderful gift to be able to forgive and know that the meaning of life is love, and that’s really what I came here to say.”

That’s where this story ends.

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17 Responses to “No Justice, Peace”

  1. Philo_Bedo Says:

    @Dasein:

    “One problem here is this asshole cop probably voted the same as I did, and I don’t mean for the pizza waitress.”

    The paradox of the right/Conservative/Libertarian is how to reconcile a Constitutional representative republic, with an increasingly intrusive and out of control police state.

    This, in my opinion, is one place where people who vote like me, (and I’m guessing you, and this asshole punk cop) have gone completely off the rails. What can be done, when the party of the “little guy” is all top heavy authoritarian, and the party that’s really for the, “little guy” blindly worships .gov storm-troopers?

    Tuebor,
    ~Philo

  2. Philo_Bedo Says:

    I had a very similar thing happen many years ago, when riding back to our clubhouse from a local bar, one of my brothers crashed his bike. The wreck took most of the meat off the side of his face, along with other broken bones and contusions. The first cop on the scene was a state trooper. He arrived just as my friend became unresponsive, in an expanding pool of his own blood.
    The state trooper, all five foot six inches of him, stopped about a hundred feet from the wreck. While another brother stayed with our injured friend, I ran back to the trooper, (hands out and not in a hostile manner) and told him to call an ambulance, that our friend had turned ghost white, had serious head trauma, and stopped talking to us. His response: “Don’t tell me how to do my job, I saw you assholes doing a hundred miles an hour past me”. (This was a lie of course, but not the point).
    Any scrap of respect I may have retained from my youth for, “law enforcement” was gone from that point on.

    Tuebor,
    ~Philo

  3. East Coast Says:

    FTP
    FTF
    FTUO

    …did I say FTP?

  4. Rock G Says:

    Really? This is supposed to be justice for Mike? This simply adds to the list entitled, “why a friggin hate cops”.

  5. Dr. Ssardonicus Says:

    This unceremonious saga from start to finish is deplorable and leaves me feeling disgusted and unhinged.

  6. Irish 1%er Says:

    @Popeye- Hit the nail on the head!
    “Cops should be held to a higher standard since we give them our trust and place them in an authority position. This isnt a permit to commit crimes. When that trust is broken they should be punished accordingly.”
    Couldn’t of said it better myself. Exactly!
    Fuck those bullies..

  7. Brad h Says:

    The families of the 1033 men, women and children killed by police this year, so far, may argue with the findings of that court.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database#

    FTf
    FTp
    FTuo
    And, oh yeah, Fuck Waco

  8. Shyster Says:

    Every time a minister of justice gets blown away I Rejoice.

    Shyster

  9. stroker Says:

    Rebel………….
    I find your inclusion of the Sunday’s “Here’s Where the Story Ends” quite appropriate for this miscarriage of justice. Beautifully rendered by the lovely Harriet.
    Thank You.

    My heart bleeds for McCloskey, and what’s been taken from him by a trigger-happy cop.

  10. Phuquehed Says:

    @Sieg – …cowardly, murderous pig… (had to fix that for ya brother).

    And agreed about what McCloskey had to be on to let this ‘be enough’. Unfortunately, he was probably on his last dime and couldn’t afford to fight against the largest, most well funded criminal enterprise in our nation, the pigs.

  11. popeye Says:

    “The appeals court agreed that the law is different for cops.” I agree. Cops should be held to a higher standard since we give them our trust and place them in an authority position. This isnt a permit to commit crimes. When that trust is broken they should be punished accordingly. I remember watching the video when this first happened and thinking what a prick that cop was.

  12. Dasein Says:

    One problem here is this asshole cop probably voted the same as I did, and I don’t mean for the pizza waitress. Does government always have to be so fucked up? This stuff increasingly proves it is. “Anarchy” is mentioned here. A sometimes poster to this page, the about equally esteemed and reviled jj Solari, offers this tidbit on the matter, FWIW:

    “Government is defined as “that agency that has a monopoly on the use of force.” “Force” is defined as “initiating coercion.” Resisting coercion is not force. It is self defense. Absence of government is not “anarchy.” Absence of government is liberty. Anarchy cannot exist. Only, either, government or liberty can exist. There is no such thing as anarchy. There is only government or liberty. if you have government you cannot have liberty.”

    I dunno, people being what they are, “too much liberty” doesn’t always end well, but shooting unarmed bikers in the back for fear of “anarchy”, seems the sort of thing that any worthwhile government would be aimed at preventing. That said, forgiveness is more healthy than hate, but, I gotta agree with Sieg here 100%.

  13. James Crawford Says:

    I think that in most police shootings, the proper standard of judgement should be to ask if a private citizen would be justified in employing lethal force in the same situation.

  14. Greasecox Says:

    Just fucking typical of what coppers get away with. When on my scoot and have been pulled over I have never really had a good experience with them. I always just ask for the ticket and keep my mouth shut no matter how much grief they give me. You can be as polite as you want to be but ya always gotta remember they are dangerous cause they are the police

  15. Paladin Says:

    “White was eventually charged with felonious assault with a gun enhancement and tried for his crime. His defense, supported by expert witnesses, was that bikers are dangerous, that he reasonably feared for his life and that the guilt he felt from shooting McCloskey was punishment enough.”

    There may come a day when cops find out just how truly dangerous bikers can be.

    Paladin

  16. Cookie Says:

    That just don’t cut it! I’m all about forgiveness, Lord knows I need it, but this shit just ain’t right!

    Cookie

  17. Sieg Says:

    Not sure which is worse, that this murderous pig got away with crippling a man for life, or that there is a legally-avalable narcotic so powerful that is would cause someone to accept that being done to them.

    FTF / FTP
    TOSIAR

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