On Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, Reverend Peter Mingo found himself at the mercy of Judge Bernie Bouchard for a crumbling stone wall in his backyard. Unfortunately for Rev. Mingo, Judge Bouchard didn’t care that he was a well-known pastor and active member in the community who is on the front lines against neighborhood gun violence. Despite Reverend Mingo’s obedient pleasantries of “Yes Sir” and “No Sir”, Judge Bouchard heart was hardened like Pharoah because he believed that Mingo wasn’t taking his city code enforcement violation seriously. And just like any other negro on any given day, Reverend Mingo was sent off for processing to spend 90 days in the Hamilton County Justice Center.
As Rev. Mingo was being escorted out of the courtroom, he didn’t cry out for Jesus, he cried out for Mayor John Cranley. A batman call was sent out and the Mayor was swiftly on his way. After listening to the Mayor on Lincoln Ware, 101.5 The Soul, many listeners learned that the reason for his (no show)the day before was because of the unexpected emergency involving his friend, Pastor Mingo. Cranley said he received a call during a meeting which he didn’t answered but luckily received a text message and acted swiftly to get out his friend.
It would be great if the thousands of underserved had access to the white, wealthy, and well connected get out of jail card. Unfortunately, Mayor Cranley isn’t willing to pull that card out for the many countless petty and asinine judgements made in the county courts against people of color and the poor every day. We’re not all as fortunate as those in the special negro club where you get out of jail, get contracts, and even appointments to major committees and your not even from the same party. You got to be a special negro to do that.
Both the Mayor or his challenger can enact policy that would prevent anyone from becoming a victim of senseless jail time by keeping the code enforcement issues in civil court and out of criminal court. Instead both appear to be focused on the short term remedy of resolving one man’s problem, as if this was only an isolated issue and not a growing epidemic. Many low income families are being forced out of their homes because of an aggressive city code enforcement agency. We don’t need another (symbolic motion) acknowledging that “it’s not right,” we need direct policy that clearly spells out property violations cannot be punishable with jail time. Ask yourself, If ten people face the same fate tomorrow as Reverend Mingo than what was really accomplished? We need the collaboration of programs who help people experiencing hardship repair their property and also common sense policy to reduce the entry of the Just-Us System . We need leaders not afraid to champion those tough fights. Watch closely with me to see who will really step up.
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