A New York City judge told a man convicted of attempted murder that "black lives matter," but “black lives don’t matter to black people with guns.”
Tareek Arnold, 24, was on trial for shooting Jamal McCaskill, 39, four times at close range in the summer of 2015, the New York Post reported.
McCaskill, however, testified for the defense at Manhattan Supreme Court on March 29 and said Arnold was not the shooter, even though the incident was captured on surveillance video.
“The video shows that Mr. McCaskill is an abject liar,” Justice Edward McLaughlin said during court, according to the Post.
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McLaughlin didn’t stop there.
“Black lives matter,” he told Arnold, as he sentenced him to 24 to 26 years in prison. “I have heard it, I know it, but the sad fact is in this courtroom, so often what happens is manifestations of the fact that black lives don’t matter to black people with guns.”
Both Arnold and McCaskill are Black.
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Prosecutor Meghan Hast asked for the maximum sentence, saying this incident could have easily been a homicide. Defense lawyer Mark Jankowitz requested the minimum sentence, saying Arnold had a 1-year-old son to take care of.
“Do not ask a judge in this room, in this building, or in this system to somehow make amends for the people who commit violent acts and who by their violent acts wind up leaving people orphaned, abandoned, fatherless, et cetera,” McLaughlin told Jankowitz.
After the shooting, Arnold escaped from police custody with his hands cuffed behind his back. He used his shoulder to shove an officer to the ground during the escape, and he was on the run for almost a month.
Arnold was also convicted of escape, gun possession and assault. He already had a prior gun possession conviction.