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Wed May 2, 2018, 12:43 PM

Black Gun Owner Will Give Birth in Prison After Trying to Protect 2-Year-Old Daughter from Assailant

Link to full article here.

Siwatu-Salama Ra is a 26-year-old black mother who watched in horror as an angry assailant—a neighbor with whom Ra had a dispute—deliberately crashed her vehicle into Ra's car while Ra's two-year-old daughter was playing inside. Ra removed her unloaded, legally purchased handgun from the glove box and brandished it, scaring the neighbor off.

The assailant, Channel Harvey, was never charged. Ra was arrested for felonious assault. She is now serving a mandatory two-year-sentence, even though Michigan is a Stand Your Ground state and Ra was clearly defending her family on her own property.

Ra is pregnant, and she is expected to give birth in prison.

The Detroit Metro Times, The Root, and Democracy Now! have all reported on the overwhelming criminal justice failures on display here. The jury in Ra's trial evidently ended deliberations early in order to wrap the case up before a major snowstorm hit—and that's not even the craziest thing about this case. The Detroit Police Department apparently treated Harvey as the victim, even though she rammed Ra's car, for the sole reason that Harvey beat Ra to the station and filed a police report first.

Ra also filed a report, but Detroit police consider the first person to file a report to be the victim in a dispute. The Detroit Police Department has not responded to Reason's request for comment, but according to the Detroit Metro Times, multiple police detectives confirmed that this policy exists, including at the trial.

Again, Michigan residents enjoy the legal right to use a firearm to defend themselves and their property. But since Harvey complained first, investigators didn't give proper weight to Ra's side of the story. Bafflingly, the authorities decided that Ra wasn't engaged in self-defense at all but was instead engaged in the commission of a crime. She was charged with two counts of felony assault: one against Harvey, and one against Harvey's daughter, who was in Harvey's car.

Ra was arguably denied the right to a fair trial as well:

The jury was told the trial would likely only last two days, but it didn't begin deliberations until midway through Thursday—the fourth day. The forecast called for a blizzard on Friday, and the judge told the jury that it would return to court regardless of the weather if it didn't arrive at a decision. (It's worth noting that the court did close on Friday.)

Burton-Harris adds that the jury wasn't aware that Ra would receive a two-year prison sentence were she found guilty of any of the felony firearm charges because juries aren't informed of mandatory sentences.


Edit: Also, thanks NCTraveler for this link to other activism this woman has done in the past: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10022771020

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Reply Black Gun Owner Will Give Birth in Prison After Trying to Protect 2-Year-Old Daughter from Assailant (Original post)
Saviolo May 2018 OP
NCTraveler May 2018 #1
Saviolo May 2018 #2
olegramps May 2018 #6
Sailor65x1 May 2018 #3
Marengo May 2018 #4
niyad May 2018 #5
kag May 2018 #7
LiberalLovinLug May 2018 #8

Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2018, 12:51 PM

1. Previous mention of her activism.

 

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Wed May 2, 2018, 12:54 PM

2. That's awesome, thanks!

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Wed May 2, 2018, 02:45 PM

6. Simple, its a Black female also an advocate for rights against the system.

Just another one of Ronnie's welfare queens driving a Cadillac She is lucky that she didn't get ten years. Wasn't that just swell of them? We just have to stop this leniency and take off the kid gloves.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2018, 01:06 PM

3. "Overwhelming criminal justice failures"

 

Such an understatement. Unacceptable.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2018, 01:08 PM

4. If she hadn't been a gun humper and let law enforcement protect her as they will always and...

 

Immediately do, she wouldn’t be in this situation.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2018, 02:32 PM

5. . .

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2018, 03:04 PM

7. "...Detroit police consider the first person to file a report to be the victim in a dispute."

Seriously? Is this true? It's absolutely idiotic.

How does being "first" to file have anything to do with the actual crime? This just looks like their way of not having to investigate anything.

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Response to kag (Reply #7)

Wed May 2, 2018, 03:31 PM

8. So if I go out and murder someone

As long as I race to the police station first and say I am the actual victim, I'm ok?

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