“Cut it out,” internet users say, poking fun at those who say race is important in the legal system after the black man was found not guilty of the 2017 shooting
Following the verdict that acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, many people on social media, including some Democrats, have argued racial issues in the justice system. Ironically, a black man in Vero Beach, Florida received a similar verdict that same day for another shooting at his home. This led to many on the internet poking fun at those who argued that if Rittenhouse had been Black, Rittenhouse would have been found guilty.
Democratic leaders like MP Jerry Nadler and Governor Kathy Hochul slammed the Rittenhouse verdict, while President Joe Biden made an abrupt U-turn to say he was “angry and concerned”. It has also led some conservatives to falsely claim that people want to “burn down” kenosha, with the phrase “burn it down” being trending on Twitter. But if race was the key to judgment, Florida appears to have had a major change of heart.
Coffee Found Not Guilty of Shootings in 2017
On November 19, just hours after the Rittenhouse judgment was read, Andrew Coffee IV was found not guilty of all charges of murder and attempted first degree murder. The Indian River County Sheriff has registered his disappointment, but like Rittenhouse, Coffee is now a free man despite being black.
During a raid on Coffee’s house in 2017, SWAT team members and Coffee exchanged shots, which resulted in his girlfriend Alteria Woods being caught in the crossfire. Woods was hit by 10 bullets and died, leading to Coffee and two law enforcement officers being charged with their deaths. The two officers were later exonerated by a grand jury, so Coffee remained in the case as the sole defendant.
He was beaten on six charges, including second degree murder and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer for the shooting. The jury deliberated the same argument that Rittenhouse put forward for 11 hours after the trial in which Coffee insisted he shot in self-defense. “Obviously there was an overreaction and overexertion of the sheriff’s department during this raid. They should have withdrawn, they didn’t Adam Chrzan after the verdict.
However, Coffee was found guilty of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon. He faces up to 30 years on this charge, as he has four convictions for major felony. He reportedly plans to appeal the guilty verdict in this regard and ask for time to be served. That being said, the fact that he was found not guilty of shooting Woods has led social media to talk about the case and that race was not a factor in the verdict.
“I am black. Kyle killed 3 white men who tried to kill him while BLM and Antifa burned America down. Andrew Coffee, a black man, shot dead while police ransacked his home and got out TODAY, tweeted. Another said: “People who say Rittenhouse would be found guilty if he were black should read about the coffee judgment, which incidentally was also passed today.” Another popped: “Not guilty of all five points in self-defense. No, not Kyle Rittenhouse. Andrew Coffee.
“If you say Kyle Rittenhouse would have been found guilty if he was black, look at the Andrew Coffee case,” one person tweeted. Another scoffed: “I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT ANDREW COFFEE IV WOULD BE BLACK, HE WOULD BE FOUND IN ALL DEPOSITS! Wait a minute … I am told that Andrew Coffee actually IS black. I have been reliably informed that this is not happening. “One user said,” What do #AndrewCoffee and #KyleRittenhouse have in common? Both are charged with murder. Both were rightly acquitted on the same day on the basis of self-defense. #WhitePrivilege is a lie. “
Other users quickly slammed the claims, realizing that the two cases could not be compared because the shootings took place under very different scenarios. Some users also pointed out the hypocrisy that Coffee was charged with possession, while the Rittenhouse possession charge was dropped. Coffee faces up to 30 years in prison, while Rittenhouse is a free man. We leave it up to you to decide whether or not this is a sign of racial bias in the legal system.