A New York judge played the smack down on a black man convicted of attempted murder.
Tareek Arnold shot Jamal McCaskill four times at point blank range. The prosecutor argued that Arnold deserves the maximum sentence because the victim survived purely on luck.
Strangely, McCaskill testified for the defense, stating that Arnold, a member of the “Forty Wolves” gang, wasn’t the shooter. Surveillance video proved that to be a lie as Arnold was clearly identified on film.
Judge Edward McLaughlin wasn’t buying any of the nonsense. He even addressed the Black Lives Matter movement in his stinging comments at sentencing.
“I have heard it, I know it, but the sad fact is in this courtroom, so often what happens is manifestations of the fact that black lives don’t matter to black people with guns.”
Arnold’s attorney was seeking a lenient sentence. She implored that Arnold get the minimum of 10 years in jail because his son was only one year old and would be left without a father. But, the judge showed that he’s not soft on violent crime and doesn’t care for lame excuses.
“Do not ask a judge in this room, in this building, or in this system to somehow make amends for the people who commit violent acts and who by their violent acts wind up leaving people orphaned, abandoned, fatherless, etc.,” McLaughlin said.
Arnold made headlines shortly after his arrest when he escaped police custody while he was handcuffed. He was on the run for a month before he was captured again. Thank goodness he is now locked up for at least 24 years.
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H/T: NY Post