And Justice for Some, Maybe – Trayvon Martin and Patricia Cook

Patricia A. Cook

© Miri WTPOTUS April 12, 2012

We examined the case of Trayvon Martin in Florida in a previous post.  In that story, the case of Patricia A. Cook of Virginia was also introduced.

The difference in media exposure for these two cases was stark.  While Martin’s case received major on-going national coverage, Cook’s case was reported locally, even though some important parallels are apparent: 

An unarmed person shot to death by a person (arguably) in a position of authority. 

Disputes about what truly transpired. 

Varying degrees of conflict between what eye witnesses and the police or the families said happened.

A phone call to the police, referring to the victim as “suspicious” by individuals apparently trained in dealing with such situations. In the Martin case, the caller was a neighborhood watch volunteer.  In the Cook case, the caller was apparently a member of the staff at a school, who was following security protocol. 

A victim apparently trespassing on private property.  Mrs. Cook at a private school and Mr. Martin walking behind properties in a subdivision, instead of on the public sidewalk.

Loud shouting heard by witnesses, preceding the shots.

Weeks pass and no arrest of a suspect.

After much to-do in the national media and cries for “justice for Trayvon” by the usual suspects (race hustlers like Al Sharpton), yesterday the prosecutor announced a second degree murder charge against Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman. 

Will there be justice for Patricia A. Cook?  Apparently there’s a chance, as finally her case is going before a grand jury [emphasis added to all quotes]:

A cosmetologist who moved from Alton [IL] to Virginia about eight years ago was killed in a controversial shooting there by police that is expected to be examined soon by a grand jury.

A Culpeper, Va., police officer claimed that Patricia Cook, 54, trapped his arm with her vehicle window Feb. 9 and drove off, forcing him to fire to save himself from being dragged.

The episode baffled Cook’s friends and family here and in the community of 14,000, about 60 miles southwest of Washington.

Gregory Webb, a lawyer representing Cook’s husband, said, “It certainly, at a minimum, is very curious.” He said Cook was unarmed and “didn’t even have a pocket knife or a pair of fingernail clippers.”

Webb said Cook had no history of violent behavior. Police have not said whether she was suspected of a crime.

The Virginia State Police said Culpeper police sent an officer after receiving a report about 10 a.m. of a ‘suspicious woman” sitting in a Jeep Wrangler on a Catholic school parking lot.

“While attempting to retrieve her identification, the woman suddenly closed her driver’s side window, trapping the officer’s arm, and started driving away dragging the officer alongside,” a state police statement said. “The officer repeatedly commanded the woman stop the moving vehicle. She refused, and shots were fired.”

The Jeep crashed into a utility pole. The officer suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Webb said he was aware of at least two witnesses who disputed that the officer was dragged.

The dead woman’s husband, Gary Cook, told TV reporters earlier that the Jeep did not have power windows.

Town Manager Kim Alexander said the officer’s name was withheld because of a policy not to name people under investigation before an arrest or charges.

Michelle Moulton, a close friend and classmate of Cook at Alton High School in the mid-1970s, called her “a real sweet, well-rounded person” with a great sense of humor. …

A first cousin, Carol Hailer, of Alton, said … “I have never known anything about her that would explain this. … We just want to know what happened.”

Patricia Cook had no children. She married Gary Cook about eight years ago and they moved to Virginia soon thereafter. In Culpeper, she volunteered in the children’s ministry at Culpeper United Methodist Church.

As in the case of Trayvon Martin, little is known about what Cook was doing there the day of her death. 

But why she was in the nearby parking lot of the middle school at Epiphany Catholic Thursday morning remains a mystery to many, including Michael Watts of Culpeper, whose children attend the small private school that fronts on Main Street.

“As a parent, I have questions about what the woman was doing at our school. Why was she walking around the middle school and why wouldn’t she leave when asked by school staff?” he said.

Watts said he appreciated the routine safety precautions in place at Epiphany and seeing them smoothly implemented during Thursday’s shooting, including putting school facilities on lockdown.

“I’m glad the staff has been trained to be aware of potential security threats and that the police were so quick to respond to a call from the school,” he said. “Like everyone else, I wonder exactly what happened once the police officer got there and why it required a shooting to resolve.”

…  Gary Cook, a Vietnam veteran who commutes to the D.C. area every day, said that early on the morning before his wife was shot to death she told him she was going to do some shopping that day.

Witness Adam Forster, who lives on North East Street, said he heard loud yelling “for about a minute,” before eight or nine shots were fired. It is unknown what the officer and Cook argued about, or if they even did.

In the Trayvon Martin case, many have questions as to what he was doing–wandering around the neighborhood, behind the homes, looking (according to Zimmerman) as if he was on drugs.

As in the Trayvon Martin case, Cook’s distraught family is considering filing a lawsuit against the town where the incident occured; her family wants to know the truth.  They contend, as does Trayvon’s family, that she was not the type of person to use violence against another, leading to her own death:

Cook’s husband Gary, who spoke to ABC7 after his wife was killed by a still un-named officer, may be considering filing a lawsuit against the town of Culpeper and the police department.

“Hopefully they’ll find out what the hell happened,” Cook says.

One neighbor of the Cook’s, who preferred not be identified, says it makes no sense that the petite, soft-spoken lady, who taught children’s church, would get into an argument then an altercation with a police officer. She understands why Gary Cook might be considering a lawsuit.

He’s stressed and worried and hurt,” the neighbor says.

As in the Martin case, there is much evidence yet to be seen. Was Mrs. Cook under the influence of drugs or alcohol?  Was she sick?  Did she know the policeman who shot her?  What were they arguing about?  Many questions left unanswered.  Despite the many parallels, there are some glaring differences in these cases:

The identity and race (arguably) of Trayvon Martin’s shooter was known to the media and announced by the media. Zimmerman was “vetted” by the media, which led to many unfortunate effects for him and for his family, although until the media feeding frenzy, George Zimmerman was not even under investigation.  The initial police response was to accept his story of self-defense, because eye witnesses and all the evidence supported his version of events

We still do not know the identity or race of Patricia Cook’s shooter.  He is therefore not subject to similar “vetting” (one might say smearing) by the media.

There is no national coverage of Cook’s death.  Why? 

Cook was an unarmed Christian woman who was shot by a policeman, as she sat in her car on a school parking lot, after school staff decided she was suspicious, and after the cop said she rolled up the car window on his arm. 

Martin was an unarmed black teenager shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer after he noticed Martin walking behind the homes in the neighborhood, where there had been a rash of burglaries, and after he said Martin attacked him, bashing his head into the ground. 

In my opinion, it is more concerning for the general public when a police officer shoots a citizen under controversial circumstances. 

Why did the school staff think Patricia Cook was “suspicious?”  Because of her race?  Her sex?  Her age?  These are all apparently important questions that Al Sharpton wants answered in Martin’s case.  So why aren’t they similarly important in the Cook case?  If nobody had called police to report Cook as “suspicious,” then she would still be alive today.

The main question:  Why the differential treatment of these two stories?  Are white women worth less in the big scheme of things than are black teens?  Is this a case of what I called “selective misogyny” in my previous post?  Does Al Sharpton not care if white women are shot by police?  Or is this yet another sign of what I called the “new racial caste system”, where some people are more valuable to society than others, depending upon their race?

Why does the media play favorites?  Why do few seem to care as much when a wife, a sometime-Sunday-school teacher/cosmetologist, gets “gunned down” (8 or 9 shots?) by an unnamed police officer? 

Is it because Patricia Cook was white or because she was a woman or because she was 54 instead of 17?  If none of the above, then please explain because I simply don’t get it.

Is it justice for the legal system to bend to pressure from a biased media, aided by race hustlers, and put George Zimmerman through a years-long nightmare?  Are citizens who defend themselves from assault on the street now to be charged with second-degree murder, if they’re additionally unfortunate enough to be of another race when their attacker is black

Finally, why are Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the Department of Justice NOT involved in Cook’s case, but are very much involved in the Trayvon Martin case?

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188 responses to “And Justice for Some, Maybe – Trayvon Martin and Patricia Cook

    • “Across America, pundits and analysts have been warning that a “not guilty” verdict in the controversial case could set off an explosive wave of deadly violence rivaling the mass riots that ensued following the 1992 Rodney King trial. If mayhem does strike, analysts say the establishment media, President Obama, and assorted race-profiteers would bear much of the blame.”

      That is SO TRUE. Barry will share much of the blame, as will Holder. But for their intervention, justice would have prevailed and Zimmerman would NEVER have been charged. Why? Because it was more than a month until he was charged because the prosecutor and the police had already determined there was no crime. Only after the race baiters got involved, did they trump up these charges for a political show trial. Barry is NOT the president of ALL the people (as he promised he would be). His irresponsibility in this matter is itself bordering on criminal. If anyone dies as a result of this kabuki theater, we know who will have blood on their hands.

      AS HE lectures Egypt and Syria. Hypocrite.

      • Let’s not forget Jamie Foxx, either.

        Rather than the Tea Party, who are the potential domestic terrorists?

  1. the Case against Zimmerman Collapsing ? …. of course it was George screaming …
    I never scream … when I have the upper hand… do you?
    George knew the COPS would show up soon… which they did…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/07/case_against_zimmerman_collapsing_comments.html#disqus_thread

    • They should charge her with perjury, but of course that was just her opinion (that it was her son’s voice).

      • ” … In cross examination, defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked Fulton two questions, the impact of which was understood only by those following the case closely — namely did she anticipate what she was about to hear when she first heard the 9-1-1 tape and did she discuss the tape in advance with any member of the family. [apparently she said NO]

        On late Friday and into Monday, the defense led its case with six friends or family members identifying the screaming voice as Zimmerman’s, but it was two Sanford PD officers who brought the roof down on the prosecution’s case.

        Under defense attorney Mark O’Mara’s guidance, Chris Serino, the lead investigator in the case, told how he played the 9-1-1 tapes for Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, two days after the shooting.

        When Serino asked Martin if the screaming voice on the 9-1-1 tape was his son’s, Martin said “no.” Sanford PD officer Doris Singleton testified next. She witnessed the exchange and confirmed what Serino had said. “[Tracy Martin] was telling Chris it was not his son’s voice,” said Singleton.

        It is unlikely that the media will say so, but Fulton almost assuredly lied when she told the court she was unaware of the 9-1-1 call until she heard it in Tracy Martin’s presence two weeks after he heard it. Could he really have failed to mention it? …”

  2. jom52652
    If the head is split, you must acquit.

  3. The DOJ is confirmed by Judicial Watch to have helped orchestrate demonstrations against Zimmerman in Florida, last year: http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/10/doj-provided-security-for-anti-zimmerman-protests/

    Docs: Justice Department facilitated anti-Zimmerman protests

    A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents.

    The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

    CRS spent $674.14 between March 25-27 related to having been “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.” CRS spent another $1,142.84 for the same purpose between March 25-28.

    CRS spent $892.55 “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida” between March 30-April 1, and $751.60 “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”

    Sharpton, who promoted the Tawana Brawley hoax in the 1980s and in 1995 led a protest against the “white interloper” owner of a Harlem clothing store that ended in a deadly shooting rampage at the store, was a featured speaker at the March 31 rally, called “The March for Trayvon Martin,” where he advocated for Zimmerman’s prosecution.

    CRS expenditures related to the anti-Zimmerman protests continued through mid-April. Between April 11 and April 12, CRS spent $552.35 “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.” …”

    REMEMBER: THIS IS YOUR MONEY THEY’RE SPENDING ON RABBLE ROUSING.

    On March 23, 2012, Barry made his famous “if I had a son” speech: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/03/obama-i-had-a-son-hed-look-like-trayvon-118439.html h/t Papoose for asking the date.

    Links to more stories:
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/10/newly-released-documents-detail-the-department-of-justices-role-in-organizing-trayvon-martin-protests/

    http://elmtreeforge.blogspot.com/2013/07/try-to-tell-me-eric-holder-wasnt-in.html

    We talked about this potential government complicit activity earlier on this thread:
    https://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/and-justice-for-some-maybe-trayvon-martin-and-patricia-cook/comment-page-1/#comment-80474

    https://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/and-justice-for-some-maybe-trayvon-martin-and-patricia-cook/comment-page-1/#comment-80483 There are more links to supporting articles in those comments.

    Typically, the DOJ has now come out (as updated in the Daily Caller story) to CLAIM that this was all part of their mission (what? To rabble rouse? No, they imply they were there as peacemakers. You KNOW rabble rousing is what they did. Read all the stories in their entirety. The GIST of their intent is all too clear.)

  4. We’d better face it, the US Federal Government is fanning the flames of the fire they set in early 2008. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!

  5. From the link ^^

    “He chased Martin on foot and eventually shot him. The unarmed teen was carrying only a bag of candy and an iced tea he had just purchased.”

    This is a great primer on the false narrative from the get-go.

    On March 23, 2012, Barry made his famous “if I had a son” speech: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/03/obama-i-had-a-son-hed-look-like-trayvon-118439.html

  6. http://www.infowars.com/judge-in-zimmerman-case-pressured-by-obama-administration/

    Story asks whether the Obama administration pressured the judge into that unprecedented and probably unethical interrogation of Zimmerman yesterday.

    • I thought she was in the tank after a few seconds of listening to the exchange.

      She was overacting and seemed like she was trying to impress someone not present.

      The whole thing is a sham anyway. Poor George. tears.

      • She’s a huge DemoncRAT and a long-time supporter. I read somewhere that during the prosecution’s closing argument, she was so enjoying it that she smirked at the lawyer’s juvenile antics.

    • Is there a secret to reading over at FR so than one does not have to click on each comments reply button to see if any replies? It takes me forever going through a thread! All the extra clicking, click, click, wait, click……

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