“Prison and the juvenile system, they don’t teach you how to be a man. They teach you how to keep reoffending.” -- Delcarlos Johnnie Jacobs, 22.
Jacobs -- who "has been incarcerated for much of his life" and whose father is currently incarcerated -- was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison for myriad charges stemming from an incident with the police SWAT team. From the Examiner:
Police allege that Jacobs provoked the SWAT team to fire at him 29 times at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 2006, by raising a rifle he was holding at the officers and firing it — a claim Jacobs has repeatedly denied.
The officers were at his Columbia home to serve a warrant for burglary, they said.
Jacobs’ attorneys said the officers’ stories are unbelievable because no bullet nor shell from Jacobs’ gun was found.
Regardless of whether he actually fired the gun, resisting arrest with a weapon in hand was certainly not the best way to handle the situation.
Is his above statement relevant to how conducted himself when confronted by police, how he got in that predicament in the first place (burglary), or both?
Or, did he just use his courtroom soapbox to take another shot at the justice system?