Four Colored Girls

When looking at this cold case, two questions comes to mind. Is this case still able to be put on trial? And are the police right Image result for black lives matterto arrest Homer Lee Jackson? “A lot of times we get questioned (by suspects), like, ‘Why am I here? What is this about?’ And (Jackson) never really did,” Detective Meredith Hopper told KPTV.

I believe that the case should be reopened if there is a suspect in mind and if there is enough suitable evidence gathered against the alleged person who committed the crime. In the CNN article, Police state that they declined to detail the evidence, saying they needed to withhold information because the investigation isn’t finished. I think that either they do not have enough or any evidence or they have all the evidence they need, but they are just trying to compile it properly. Detectives and forensic investigators began using new technology to test physical evidence, reported KPTV. Whether or not the detectives have valid information is not the only question being asked. The question of, if the police have the right to arrest Homer Lee Jackson. They do have the right if they have a warrant or probable cause according to the Fourth Amendment, Search and Seizure. “The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.” I believe that the police have the right to arrest Mr. Jackson, because with suitable evidence, the case can be put back on trial. From what the police have shown in the article is evidence that he may have taken part in for different murders. Another question that arose to me is if Mr. Homer Jackson is found guilty, what would his punishment be since the crimes were committed to so long ago. I would like to think that no crime shall go unpunished and the eighth amendment, Punishment for Crimes, state that “… punishment must bear a reasonable relationship to the seriousness of the crime involved in the case.” Although I am not a judge, I believe that Mr. Jackson may be sentence may have to to do with a long time in jail or a death sentence, because the crimes he is being accused of doing are quite brutal; four different murders.

In the 1980s four african american women in their teens or twenties were found dead by strangulation or asphyxiation. All of which were involved in prostitution; these women were victims of sex trafficking in Oregon’s largest city in the 1980s.  Essie Jackson, twenty-three, a mother of one; body was found near the edge of north Portland’s Overlook Park in March 1983. The next victim, Tonja Harry, nineteen; was found dead in the Columbia Slough between a golf course and Portland Image result for 4 black girlsInternational Raceway, in July 1983. Angela Anderson, fourteen, was found in the vacant house in September 1983; police said they believe she had been dead for two weeks. Latagna Watts, twenty-nine, a mother of three was found dead in a grassy area near a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 5 in March 1987. The cold-case unit began investigating the cases when the unit opened in 2004. Homer Lee Jackson, age fifty-five of Portland is the alleged murderer in all four cases.

This current event helped me make a few connections to what we are currently doing in class. I made connections between the Oregon cold case and the Constitution. I developed questions that I assumed to be important in this case and backed them up with different Amendments in the constitution. I think that doing this type of work enables my opinions and my sense of right and wrong to be seen.

by JerneeG


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4 Responses to Four Colored Girls

  1. govannas says:

    Well written. I agree with you, Jernee, when you say that the case should be reopened. You tied the constitution into this piece very well. Anna S.

  2. SaintsGOV16 says:

    I agree with Jerneé’s post, that the constitution helps us determine whether or not a situation of perceived injustice happened for plausible reason. The Constitution helps us determine a sense of moral right and wrong. Kristin C.

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