On April 9, 2012, my civil trial was beginning. Thirty jurors enter the room, as I read their questionnaires. Out of thirty jurors each of them answered a questioned. The question was,
WOULD THEY BELIEVE A POLICE OFFICER OR A STATE TROOPER BEFORE THEY BELIEVED A VICTIM?
EVERY ONE OF THEM ANSWERED, THAT YES, THEY WOULD BELELIVE THE POLICE OFFICER OR STATE TROOPER FIRST.
All the jurors were Caucasian except one, who was Asian. I was amazed that not one was either African American or Latino or Latina but when you walked around down town Lancaster, all I saw were both Latino’s and African American.
Anyone with common sense would question why not one person of Latino or African American backround were on the jury pool? This should have been a mistrial once the questionnaire was revealed that most of the jurors would have believed a police officer or state trooper.
I will never stop speaking out against officer involved domestic violence. I will not stop helping all victims and survivors of domestic violence. To the jurors - blaming, shaming and guilting me for what happened to me, makes me stronger. I will not dig myself into a hole, I will stand strong for life.
God bless all of you,
[Ms. Torres is author of Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge]
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