Start at 8 minutes (Court Chatter View, 2016)
WSB-TV (Channel 2) reported on December 16, 2016, that Sargeant Marcus Eberhart was found guilty of all charges in the indictment regarding the 2014 tasering death of Gregory Towns. Eberhart’s partner, Corporal Howard Weems was found guilty of lesser charges, including voluntary manslaughter (Regan & Jaquez, 2016).
Eberhart was found guilty on all counts, which are counts 1 through 7. Weems was found guilty on counts 3, 4, 9, 10 and not guilty on counts 1, 2, & 8 (Court Chatter View, 2016).
It only took 30 mins of deliberation for the jury to come to a conclusion (Wochit, 2016).
With this verdict, Eberhart could face up to life in prison for the murder charge. Both are expected in court for sentencing Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (Regan & Jaquez, 2016).
Following the verdict, Weems was released with his ongoing bond and Eberhart will remain in custody (Court Chatter View, 2016).
My opinion and thoughts:
I am happy that justice was served. Period. Either way it went, I think that this serves as a lesson. That lesson is that cops deal with racism as well. I do believe that if these were non-black cops, that they would not have been convicted or even indicted on such serious charges.
Nonetheless, wrong is wrong. They were caught using excessive force on an unarmed civilian. I am happy that they did not resort to shooting the man, but they still killed him. This goes to show that no matter what, black people can not get away with the same things white people do, even if they are in the same position.
References and What to Read and Watch:
Court Chatter View. (2016). East Point Taser Trial Verdict 12/16/16. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w4QtdytpCY&t=1010s
Photographyisnotacrime. (2015). Gregory Towns Indictment. Retrieved from https://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Gregory-Towns-indictment.pdf
Regan, T. & Jaquez, N. (2016). 1 of 2 former officers found guilty of murder in man’s Taser death. Retrieved from http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/south-fulton-county/closing-arguments-begin-in-taser-death-trial/476224280
Wochit News. (2016). Taser Death Garners Rare Law Enforcement Conviction. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/8k8WJqLQg3w