A man opened fire on a Grand Rapids, Michigan police officer back on December 6, 2016 outside a fitness club.
On February 24, 2017, the man, Ruben Hernandez, plead no-contest to felonious assault as part of a plea bargain. As part of the plea bargain, the prosecutors in the case will recommend that Hernadez receive no jail time as punishment.
Prosecutors say this is routine for opening fire on police, and has nothing to do with the fact that Hernandez was an FBI agent at the time of the shooting.
When asked if the deal had anything to do with Hernandez being an agent, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said “I never had any contact with the FBI. This is a typical plea bargain … it comes down to he had no criminal history, which is big for anything we do. It’s a pretty typical plea offer for anybody going from an assault to a felonious assault with no criminal history. He did fire a round but he was in some sort of paranoid, drunken state for lack of a better term.”
But, of course. If some minority youth opens fire on police in the middle of the night during a “paranoid, drunken state”, I’m certain Chris Becker would offer him or her the exact same deal.