Shooter In Harlins Case Gets Probation (November 15, 1991)
What happened? Although Soon Ja Du is found guilty of manslaughter by the jury in the Harlins case, Judge Joyce A. Karlin sentences Du to to a ten-year suspended prison term, five years of probation, 400 hours of community service, and a $500 fine. Song: 2Pac “I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto” (1997)
Lyrics: “Tell me what's a black life worth/A bottle of juice is no excuse, the truth hurts/And even when you take the shit/Move counties, get a lawyer, you can shake the shit/Ask Rodney, LaTasha, and many more/It’s been going on for years, there’s plenty more/When they ask me, ‘When will the violence cease?’/When your troops stop shooting niggas down in the street.” Complex says: Pac makes it clear that Rodney King and LaTasha Harlins were just two of many victims of violent crimes that happened at the time. But there was no denying that justice was pretty scarce when being convicted of shooting a 15-year-old only sets you back $500 and probation.