The one thing that the defense and prosecution agreed on was that former LAPD Det. Mark Fuhrman is a despicable, disgusting, hate-filled man. Episode 9 is about the tapes where Fuhrman, who swore he hadn’t used the N-word in 10 years, was dropping N-bombs passionately. What hit me hard during this episode was not just him using the N-word, but his gloating over racially-motivated police brutality. The media tended to focus on him using racist language, when there should’ve been a greater discussion of his racist acts of violence as a policeman.
He abused the privileges of his badge to target people he hated, instead of uphold the law. That made me sad and angry. Twenty years later, this still resonates. While watching I couldn’t help but think of Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Alex Nieto, Mitrice Richardson, Eric Gardener and so many others. I have family members who work in law enforcement. Cops like Fuhrman hurt our community and don’t make it easier for police officers who serve with dignity.
Fuhrman managed to piss off everyone in that courtroom: the judge, the jurors, the victims’ families—everybody. Just listening to how he describes Judge Ito’s wife you can tell he’s not only a racist, but a misogynist. He pled the fifth to the question about manufacturing or planting evidence in this case. I don’t believe he handled the evidence with integrity at the crime scene. His failure and ignorance not to follow protocol when gathering evidence played a major role in the prosecution losing.
Fuhrman has gone on to have a successful media and writing career. I noticed younger people on Twitter were bugging out because they realized the Mark Fuhrman on FOX News is the same one depicted the other night. I watched a story on “Good Morning America” about book sales related to the trial. They reported Mark Fuhrman sold more books in the last few months than he has in the past five years. Somebody likes him and his beliefs. By the way,Johnnie Cochran didn’t cross-examine Fuhrman as shown in the miniseries. Attorney Gerald Uelman asked him about planting evidence. O.J. had so many lawyers. I don’t even remember the name Gerald Uelman.
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