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July 25, 2016

Police Rarely Punished for Killings, But Black Man Faces Hate Crimes Charges for Threatening Cops

Police Rarely Punished for Killings, But Black Man Faces Hate Crimes Charges for Threatening Cops

Police officers can usually avoid criminal charges after fatal shootings by claiming they feared for their lives. Even if the fear was not reasonable, it’s usually a good enough excuse to ensure that the officer in question doesn’t face charges.

A Washington man, however, is facing hate crimes charges for threats he made against police officers while being booked into the Pierce County jail on unrelated charges.

Mark Tolson, 55, allegedly referred to the 2009 murder of police officers during booking, telling a deputy that the deceased Lakewood officers “got what they deserved”, according to The News Tribune He then allegedly threatened to make other officers “like them” when he got out of jail. Tolson told another officer that he “was a racist white cop.”


Tolson had been brought in on charges stemming from a domestic incident. The hate crimes charge of malicious harassment has now been added to his charges.

Tolson’s threats are inexcusable, but it is worrisome that one man’s words are deemed more worthy of punishment than the fatal actions taken by police officers.

As the Wall Street Journal reported in 2014:

New research by a Bowling Green State University criminologist shows that 41 officers in the U.S. were charged with either murder or manslaughter in connection with on-duty shootings over a seven-year period ending in 2011. Over that same period, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 2,718 justified homicides by law enforcement, an incomplete count, according to experts.

And many of those who are charged either aren’t convicted or are given short sentences upon conviction. For example, ex-cop Peter Liang was convicted in the fatal shooting of unarmed Akai Gurley, but was still spared jail. 


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4 thoughts on “Police Rarely Punished for Killings, But Black Man Faces Hate Crimes Charges for Threatening Cops

  1. Rick Manigault says:

    Who didn’t see this coming? Black people let Zionist manipulate them into this idiotic support for hate crime legislation. Now we only have ourselves to blame. Hate crimes enhancements show a complete misunderstanding of how the system works.

    When they say enhancements for racist, they mean YOU!

    When they call for mandatory minimums because of Brock Turner, or the new Heroin epidemic, they mean YOU!

    Hate crimes legislation started with a black man James Byrd being lynched from the back of a Truck, The killers got the death penalty swiftly, but black people jumped to get on board with hate crimes legislation. 

    This is actually our fault. Will any of the supporters reconsider? of course not. Just continue the failed policy.

  2. Rick Manigault says:

    Real footage of pigs gone wild. Why no concern for the black women being slammed around?

  3. Jackal151 says:

    We need to get it together first before we can put up a fight. The division has become so wide between us from our woman. To our children we are in a huge vacuum of self hate. And we will sink deeper and deeper into this black hole until we learn to depend more on each other and show that we can respect each other. Only then will we become recognized as a force and only then will we experience freedom as others do. What is power if power don’t know what it is.

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