There is an episode of the Simpsons where Lisa and a group of Springfield’s geniuses are tasked with leading the town. They offered innovative ideas like getting rid of the green light at intersections and which saved time but left the traveler wondering where they were going in such a hurry. The one that I really like is how they try to “sex up” jury duty. Bar owner Moe gets a letter asking him to serve on a jury and it goes like this: “You have been chosen to join the Justice Squadron, 8 am Monday, at the Municipal Fortress of Vengeance.” Moe, thinking he has joined some kind of the equivalent of the Justice League is excited to volunteer.
I thought this in relation to today’s sentencing hearing of Kim Potter. Potter was a police officer with the Brooklyn Center police department until last spring when she shot and killed Duante Wright, an African American motorist. Potter supposedly meant to taser Wright, but mistakenly reached for her gun instead and unintentionally shot Wright. Potter was convicted of manslaughter in December and today, she was sentenced to two years in prison.