Charles Pickett Jr. Guilty of Murder

This doesn’t really have to do with the theme we have going on here, but bicycling is a big deal in Northern Michigan, so it’s worth a report. Charles Pickett Jr. was convicted of killing five cyclists and injuring others after swallowing pills and other drugs. Kudos to Kalamazoo prosecutor Jeffrey Getting for being brave enough to bring second-degree murder charges, even though I don’t agree with Getting’s decisions in another case.

If you want to see a Michigan State Trooper going nuts on a cyclist, this one is pretty funny/horrifying. Fortunately, there was a video, so the judge couldn’t just accept law enforcement’s whitewashed version of the whole thing. Law enforcement, keeping it classy.

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