This day in history in 1984 something happened that started a chain of events that culminated in a decision I speculate would never happen today.

It was big news in the the big apple and all across the country.  On December 22, 1984, Bernhard Goetz shot and wounded four young black men on a New York City subway train, saying they were about to rob him.  The four teens were Barry Allen, Troy Canty, Darrell Cabey, and James Ramseur, all shot and wounded by Goetz after they accosted him on a New York City Subway train in Manhattan.

Goetz was charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and several firearms offenses

Goetz stood trial and confessed to the preemptive shooting, leaving one of the victims, Darrell Cabey,  paralyzed and brain damaged, but a jury acquitted Goetz despite his confession, finding him guilty only of illegal weapons possession.

Would that happen in today's racial climate?

Wikipedia   says "at Goetz's jury trial he was found guilty of one count of carrying an unlicensed firearm, for which he served eight months of a one-year sentence. In 1996, Darrell Cabey, who had been left  paraplegic and brain damaged as a result of his injuries, obtained a civil judgment of $43 million against Goetz, though to date Cabey has yet to receive this money from Goetz."




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