Former FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, has mounted a legal challenge against his extradition to the US, arguing that “the colour of his skin will make him an open target in a country where law enforcement officials routinely abuse and harass blacks.”
In a statement to a court in his native Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Warner said: “In America you can’t be black and innocent. We have all seen the images of a white Police officer shamelessly manhandling a black teenage girl at a pool party. A black adult like myself stands no chance in such a country. I’ll not have a fair trial. I’ll be shot dead before I get to the courtroom.”
The images of a police officer manhandling and brandishing his weapon at a group of black teenagers at a pool party in McKinney, Texas is the latest incidence of racial abuse in a country where law enforcement officials abuse blacks with impunity.
Jack Warner who has been indicted in an FBI investigation into alleged corruption within Zurich-based FIFA, expressed concern over the FBI’s lack of interest in the murder of innocent black Americans. “FBI officials are quick to jump on a plane to Zurich to arrest FIFA officials but turn a blind eye to the continued abuse and murder of a a section of American citizens.”
“Maybe black lives don’t matter to them,” quipped the 72 year old football administrator.