These days, it appears the bad guys are the good guys and the good guys are really the bad guys.
Let me get this straight:
Freddie Gray, 25, in Baltimore died from a broken vertebrae while in police custody, ostensibly during a ride in a police van on the way to jail. While the specific facts were still unknown, this apparently justified protests throughout the country, plus extremely violent chaos in the city of Baltimore where haters carried signs saying; “Black Lives Matter.” But wait, more than 200 black-owned businesses were destroyed and looted while hundreds more apartment residences and homes were burned to the ground, nearly all occupied by black people
“Yes sir, we’ll show Whitey!” “We’ll show those terrible cops.”
It appears those law-abiding, hard-working black people’s lives didn’t matter very much either to the black looters and arsonists. Neither did it matter that a couple hundred black employees lost their jobs indefinitely, not to mention creating a couple hundred homeless black people. Good work, rioters!
Meanwhile, more than 100 sitting-duck police officers were assaulted and wounded, and several police cars were torched and destroyed, all unimpeded. But that’s not important, after all, the cops are the bad guys, right? It boggles the mind to think that the focus is on a few police officers and one dead drug dealer, and not the hundreds of criminals who destroyed, burned and looted property at will.
Then there’s the sterling Baltimore leadership, some of whom should either be investigated for aiding and abetting destruction and looting of property, or at the least, be subject to mega-lawsuits by residents and business owners who’ve been dislodged and stripped of income, not to mention the homeless and jobless. The esteemed Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, addressed the people, on camera, on April 27, 2015, the worst night of the riots, stating:
“It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy, space to do that as well.”
Oh really? The blithering mayor not only sent a message to the potential rioters, she gave the anarchists a green light to take the city that night. In doing so, she followed up by ordering the police to stand down, take no action, stripped them of protective gear and withheld support from the National Guard standing by. How else can anyone interpret all this other than she had to be on the side of the rioters. The mayor not only allowed the destruction, she paved the way. Sure enough, the violent criminals got what they wanted and the people of Baltimore – the law abiding Black People of Baltimore – are suffering as a result.
That Freddie Gray must have been a local hero to anger so many people. Let’s see: As the information unfolds, we have learned that Freddie was a career criminal with more than 20 arrests on his record, mostly for possessing and/or selling drugs, but also including assault and burglary. One unnamed witness, apparently a police officer who understandably appeared in disguise on FOX News, claims to know the officers and Freddie Gray very well. He said that Gray was well known to all the cops in the area and often served as an informant. Gray’s motive for making noisy scenes upon being publicly arrested was an act for the benefit of neighborhood witnesses. According to the same anonymous police officer, requests for a medic is commonplace among dopers and criminals who are frequently arrested, because it’s a ruse to detour the cops from the jail to a hospital room. As a former cop with hundreds of arrests in my career, I know this to be a practice by some arrestees.
Another esteemed public servant, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, 35, with four months on the job, has filed a myriad of criminal charges against six cops, including the driver of the van with 2nd Degree Murder. This is called piling on the charges in the hopes of securing guilty pleas and testimony from cops against cops. While there appears to be no known evidence that the driver of the van did anything to break the back of Freddie Gray, it’s unlikely that very few, if any, of these charges will stick. The original reason for arresting Gray (Possession of a knife) might indeed be questionable. But then, failing to attach his seat belt is not an easy task when an arrestee is belligerent and physically violent.
Famed attorney, scholar and former law professor at Harvard, Alan Dershowitz, has come out publicly stating these charges are outrageous, created out of political expediency and designed only to prevent a riot. In truth, they may prevent a riot today, only to create a worse situation down the road. Wait until the jury returns a Not-Guilty verdict…if the case actually goes to trial at all. Past Not-Guilty verdicts in Los Angeles and Miami spawned some of the worst race riots in history.
Ms. Mosby’s impartiality is also in question, considering her remarks following the public announcement of the charges, addressing the crowd:
“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace,'” the prosecutor said. “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
How about justice for the defendants as well, Ms Mosby? Or, is justice really a synonym for vengeance?
The State Attorney’s husband had been among the marching protesters in the streets of Baltimore while the prosecutor’s investigation was underway. How independent is that? We might also ask why the attorney for the family of Freddie Gray happens to be one of Ms. Mosby’s staunch political supporters, having donated $5,000 to her campaign. Seems Ms. Mosby has a lot to learn about “impartiality.” Look for a change of venue when this trial is held.
Ms. Mosby rested most of her reason for filing murder charges based on the Medical Examiner’s report, that Freddie Gray’s death is ruled a “Homicide.” However, most people don’t understand that “homicide” is not necessarily a crime. The definition of homicide is the killing of a human being by another human being. Such killings can be accidental, unintentional, self-defense, etc. “Homicide” in itself, is not a crime. Thus, to charge someone with 2nd Degree Murder, proof is required that the perpetrator knowingly committed an imminently dangerous act with disregard for human life, resulting in death. Ms. Mosby did not articulate how the officer – or anyone else — killed Freddie Gray.
Six police officers lives are now on the line, posting bonds far beyond their means and securing legal defense that will put them in debt for life, not to mention being relegated as an outcast in the police profession if they are found to be not guilty.
Perhaps, these cops deserve punishment, it’s impossible to conclude at this point. We all must keep an open mind. But the bigger question is why it is acceptable in today’s society to allow, if not support, public disorder to the point that hundreds of law abiding citizens are displaced, made homeless, made jobless, and wrecked out of their businesses, at the will of officials who were in a position to limit destruction, if not prevent it altogether.
Maybe a couple of cops did wrong. Maybe Freddie Gray was wronged. But there are hundreds more criminals in this scenario who are not being held accountable – on purpose, in the streets, and in the halls of local government. That’s a sign that anarchy is allowed to prevail over law and order. When that happens, America arrives at the edge of the slippery slope.
You see; All lives matter.