This article really affected me. The most chilling (and infuriating) part is towards the end:
- The family's success in court also would depend upon how much a jury finds her life was worth — in dollars, said Tom Keefe, a Belleville-based personal injury attorney.
"If you kill a homeless man with no job, he's not worth very much. But if you wipe out (Cardinals star) Matt Holliday, who is making $20 million a year, it's worth a lot of money," Keefe said. "Even though they are both human beings and both victims, the truth is, death cases are evaluated by the losses you can prove the survivors have suffered."
This is really disturbing. She was only 29 years old which means she could have had a tremendous amount of life left. How do you judge the monetary value of a life? -I have no idea but surely youth is a valuable thing. Who knows what this young woman could have accomplished? Even if she accomplished nothing of societal note, existence in and of itself is a beautiful thing that no man can qualify/quantify.
It is frustrating. The realty could very well be that if a well educated white woman refused to leave a waiting room after medical professionals had exhausted the efforts they deemed necessary to diagnose or treat her ailments, she too might be arrested? -Doubtful. But maybe the real problem is that the white educated woman would have avenues to private care and therefore would never have to resort to such measures.