What ever happen to being innocent until proven guilty? This is an expression that’s often quoted, but rarely ever enforced. The quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons is the focus of all the media’s attention, again. The drama surrounding the dog fighting scandal is at an all time high. Authorities were apparently trying to get a search warrant to look around the premises and inside Michael Vick’s Richmond, VA home. The search warrant would allow officials to look for as many as 30 dog carcasses on his almost 15 acre property.
The warrant was to be issued on a reliable source’s information saying that 7 pit bulls were killed on the property and concealed in shallow graves. Dogs are suspected to be scattered through out the property but authorities say it’s hard to tell due to the spacious brick house and area being fenced off. No charges have been filed yet as far as the search warrant, but police are hoping to gather up enough evidence in hope that the case would be brought before a grand jury. Doesn’t this count as unjust harassment? It seem as though the media and police officials have something against African American sport players/entertainers. Why else would they slander the name of Michael Vick and recommend that he be kicked out of the NFL?
During a drug raid in April, police took 66 dogs from his home, 55 of which were pit bulls. Even then police were looking for evidence they could use against him in relation to dog fighting such as ropes, guns, bullet shells and shovels. While in the home, police recovered treadmills and syringes, which Vick is allowed to have as a registered dog breeder. However; police state items such as pry bars and bloodstain carpets caused suspicion in relation to the case. The source (snitch) authorities are getting their information from quotes as saying Michael Vick is “One of the heavyweights” in the sport, meaning he makes top quality bets thousands of dollars or more.
It seems as though police are quick to listen to an inside source when it has to do with black Americans. Do you ever hear about police accusing white Americans of serious crimes based off an informant? Hardly ever, they figure since somebody accused Vick of dog fighting, that it just has to be true. Wrong. Sure Michael Vick has had his share of legal problems in the past; however he’s not automatically guilty of a crime just because “a source” said he did it. Incidents like this remind me of the way the media and police have done other black stars in the past. Take O.J. for instance, it was proven that he didn’t commit the crimes he was accused of, but if you ask most media writers and most authorities they would firmly state that he did everything he was accused of.
Although Vick claim’s he rarely visits the home, he does mention that a lot of his family members have been living there. He say’s that perhaps some of his family has taken his kindness for weakness by allowing illegal activities to take place in the home without his consent. That by no means states that he has dead dogs around or in his house. How crazy does that sound anyway? What celebrity or sports star would have dead dogs scattered through out their property? I’m sure if anybody was doing illegal activities in relation to animal cruelty, they wouldn’t bury the carcasses on their own property so they could get caught up in legal woes. Shortly after the investigation rumors started Vick was seen putting up a for sale sign in his front yard. The house sold the first day and he has since then been on the search for a new place.
Police state how that drew further suspicions to the case since he moved. Why wouldn’t he move? Police had just raided his home in April due to drugs they assumed he had. The house would seem like a bad place to stay after all of that has gone on within the past month. Michael Vick’s name has been in the paper and on TV more than the cracked out Lindsay Lohan. In my opinion Vick is not capable of committing the crimes he’s been accused of. This to me is just another way to bring black stars and black business successors down. The media has a way of making situations seem bigger than they really are when it comes to African Americans. I’m hoping that Michael Vick is able to clear himself of these accusations so he can get back to his main focus of being the all-star quarterback that he is. This is a man that not only holds his own when it comes to the football field, but is extra educated as well since he has a college degree. It is yet to be determined what will happen is this situation as the plot thickens.