What Cosby Did Does Not Equate With What Happened to Tamir
People are equating the application of justice in the Tamir Rice case with Bill Cosby’s. This is misguided. Tamir Rice was without a doubt the victim of both a violent act and the criminal justice system charged with meting out the appropriate punishment for such an act through no fault of his own. Bill Cosby committed violent acts against women, and was largely protected by the civil and criminal justice system only being exposed due to his own words and actions. In fact, from what we know of Cosby, he would’ve found Tamir culpable in his own death.
Cosby Did It To Himself
“Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals,” Cosby said. “These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?”
– Bill Cosby
Cosby’s Pound Cake speech was cited by a U.S. district judge as a legal justification for unsealing the deposition from a 2005 civil case he settled. In the deposition, Cosby openly admits to obtaining seven prescriptions for quaaludes from a doctor in Los Angeles in the 1970s. He received the prescriptions to treat a sore back, but actually gave the pills to young women, he said. A popular party drug at the time, Cosby said he would offer the drugs to women “the same as a person would say have a drink.”
In his memorandum, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno said the speech, and Cosby’s general posture as a “public moralist,” made the deposition a legitimate subject of public interest sufficient to override Cosby’s objections to its disclosure. “The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest,” the judge wrote.
The Deposition Makes Him No Victim
According to the deposition, the plaintiff’s mother once called Bill Cosby on the phone, upset about what her daughter said he had done. And worried the woman would think he was a “dirty old man,” Mr. Cosby told deposing lawyers that he wished Ms. Constand would tell her mother “about the orgasm” so that she would realize their sex was consensual. Todd Akin would agree with Cosby on that one. Remember him?
“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
– Todd Akin
Cosby boasts about having a talent for picking up the sort of nonverbal cues that signal a woman’s consent.
“I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them.”
– Bill Cosby
During Ms. Constand’s case against Bill Cosby nearly a decade ago, 13 other women came forward as well with anonymous sworn statements that they, too, had been molested by the comedian in some way. These other women, however, never got the chance to pursue their claims in court because Cosby settled the case with Ms. Constand on undisclosed terms before they got the opportunity.
Then There Was Tamir
We documented what happened to Tamir Rice:
After receiving a report that someone was taking a gun out and aiming it at people, officers barreled towards 12 year old Tamir Rice in their cruiser, pulled up a feet away from him, and shot him within 2 seconds of their arrival. Essentially, a drive-by.
In recommending the grand jury not bring charges, the prosecutor stated it was a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications.” That’s Cosby’s defense.
Tamir and Cosby’s Victims
From what it looks like, justice is being served with Cosby where it was not with Rice. If anything, Cosby’s victims are more comparable with Tamir for they did not and most likely will not receive justice for the crimes committed against them. Cosby thought he could run out the clock on the criminal justice system, Tamir was killed by it.