Are the Baltimore cops being railroaded?

You need read only one quote from the Baltimore state’s attorney about the indictment of six cops for the death Freddie Gray while in police custody.

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,'” Marilyn Mosby said Friday. “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man, those that are angry or hurt or have their own experience of injustice.”

Baltimore rioter. (Photo posted by Chicago Times)

Obviously this has nothing to do with justice, but is merely throwing chum to the sharks to distract them so they will not burn any more of the city. This is like paying ransom to terrorists. It only encourages more of the same.

Charges were filed 12 days after Gray died. The internal police department investigation was completed Thursday. The autopsy came in Friday morning. Mosby announced charges within hours. Thorough investigation?

Justice delayed may be justice denied, but a rush to judgment is equally wrong.

Like the cop in Ferguson who resigned, though he was exonerated, the cops in Baltimore will forever be under a cloud no matter what happens in the courts.

Half of the people arrested for rioting were released by police with no charges being filed.




12 comments on “Are the Baltimore cops being railroaded?

  1. Barbara says:

    I’m surprised there was not a mass resignation of officers after these indictments were handed down. I can’t imagine putting on a uniform and going to work under these circumstances.

  2. prlarry says:

    I question the timing of charges too, not to mention some of the specifics. You failed to mention the state’s attorney comes from four generations of law enforcement. So, she has more than the usual critics looking over her shoulders.

  3. Her quote tells it all.

  4. Steve says:

    More like hung out to dry.

  5. Winston Smith says:

    Another fine mess…

  6. If they merely have to live under a cloud and not in an iron cage, they should be thankful. If one of the policemen running away from the mob had been grabbed, handcuffed, driven around violently as Gray was, stopped 4 times, discovered to have not been breathing at 2 of the stops, and been denied emergency medical treatment, EVERY participant in that outrage would have been subjected to immediate arrest and immediately charged with murder–EVERY ONE, not just the driver (of a vehicle constructed with taxpayer funds for the purpose of torturing citizens they deem “bad”). The Just Us system would make sure that all of them die in the iron cage.

    And the threshold for police conduct should be HIGHER for government employees (especially police) than for citizens–not non-existent as the police unions and “law-and-order” Nixonians have our conflicted political “leaders” desiring. The comment by the State Attorney is pathetic for the reason you give, Tom. It doubly pathetic and profoundly depressing for its implication that only mass mobilization by the citizenry will ever provoke the State of Maryland (and, by extrapolation and bitter experience, including the official ignoring of peaceful citizen action on countless occasions, Clark County) to hold police accountable for their self-assumed rights of judge, jury and executioner.

    The State Attorney, police union, and certainly apologists for bad government behavior would has us forget laws, morality, equity, the Declaration of Independence (English Common Law, the Magna Carta and Habeas Corpus, too, for that matter), the Bill of Rights, the constitution of every state, their sworn oaths (not only of the police, but of the state attorneys), the preponderance of Supreme Court decisions, etc. In fact, anyone taking a government job, and especially those who run for elective office, should never have the cloud of suspicion and doubt removed from over their heads and conduct until a year or two AFTER they resign or retire or get fired. Otherwise, people will eventually wake up and realize that the only way they have a chance of achieving government accountability and getting recourse is through re-enactment of the revolt/riot we call the Revolutionary War. Is that what we or the police really want?

  7. Barbara says:


    The Revolutionary War was fought to establish a new system of government that recognized individual rights and responsibility. The police officers in Baltimore should be held accountable for their individual actions that may or may not have contributed to Mr. Gray’s demise. They are not legally accountable to correct any social ills that exist in Baltimore or for any actions of the criminal justice system as a whole.

    The rioters should be protesting the many years of government regulation that have led to inequality of opportunity, dependence, poverty, lack of quality education, etc. The ills of the inner city can be directly laid at the feet of the very people they now want to save them and deliver “justice”.

  8. Athos says:

    Here’s an interesting take on Ms. Mosby-

  9. How much of Baltimore will burn when these ill-conceived PC charges (her idea of crowd control) are thrown out? Also…what about the numerous red flags concerning her conflicts of interest involving this case? If this all goes south, it will all be on her! (Interesting read Athos!)

  10. nyp says:

    Yeah, it’s all the fault of over-regulation. Like everything else in the world.

  11. Steve says:

    Nyp…liberal policy taking full effect.

    You should be proud

  12. Rincon says:

    The courts have awarded over a hundred plaintiffs a total of almost 6 million dollars in lawsuits alleging police brutality since 2011. For a city the size of Baltimore, that’s really hard to fathom.

    In addition, “The records, obtained by The Baltimore Sun, describe a pattern of injuries of such severity among those apprehended by police that correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center turned away nearly 2,600 detainees over a three year period.”

    Although there is no excuse for rioting and injuring innocent people and destroying their property, it appears that Baltimore residents have good reason to feel just a little peeved at their so called protectors of the law.

    If charges were filed 12 days after a bank robber who killed a guard was apprehended, would you say the same thing? I still want to know how the cops explained a fatal neck injury sustained by someone in a van, presumably with handcuffs on. Gee, maybe they turned a corner a little too fast. Slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting an innocent child maybe?

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