Tuesday, Virginia Delegate Rick Morris of Suffolk was arrested on one felony and two misdemeanor charges for allegedly assaulting family members. He posted a $1500 bond and was released. Thursday, Morris was arrested again on more charges stemming from a 2016 alleged assault on family members. The charges include six felonies and five misdemeanors. Morris was again released after posting another $1500 bail. To sum up, a 47-year old white, male, elected official was arrested twice, charged with seven violent felonies and seven violent misdemeanors. Each time he was released within hours for a total of $3,000 in bail.
A year and a half ago, 24-year old Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in Portsmouth for stealing $5.05 of snacks from a convenience store. He was a young black man. He died on August 19th, still in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. He lived with a mental illness. When he died, he had been in jail for four months, waiting to be transferred to a mental hospital for treatment.
Terrence Crutcher’s arms were up. Eric Garner couldn’t breathe. Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie. Philando Castile was driving. Alton Sterling was selling CDs. Tamir Rice was 12.
Rick Morris was charged with 14 violent crimes. He went home.