David Bonds was acquitted yesterday for the murder of Dinerral Shavers.
Again there is an Ashley Morris connection.
Ashley loved the Hot 8 Brass Band, for whom Dinerral played the snare drum. So when we marched on City Hall in January of 2007, Ashley played his snare in honor of Dinerral.
As you can see in this great picture by Alexis, he was not alone.
As for Bonds’ acquittal, was justice served? Was he innocent? I don’t know, of course. I accept the jury’s verdict. But I can’t accept the bigger picture. The Silence Is Violence organization reports a troubling pattern of witness intimidation and poor policing. And the whole case reveals ugly aspects of our society — poverty, lack of education, babies raising babies.
All of these things are on my mind as we prepare to go to Ashley’s funeral.
The judge in the Bonds case called upon citizens to sustain their outrage. Ashley would have agreed, I’m sure. I wish he was still with us. We’ll have to work extra hard to sustain our outrage in his absence.