Faded to Gray….

There will be no more trials in the case of the death of Freddie Gray.  The District Attorney has decided not to pursue the last trials, or to retrial the officer in the mistrial.

And so it ends.  Miserably. Unsatisfactorily.

First up, there was no excuse for the riots that Baltimore experienced.  It gained nothing, it proved nothing, it cost only those who had little and caused many to lose what little they had.  The style of leadership and protest that involved large, controlled, articulate demonstrations has been replaced with a mob mentality of loudest voices and physical damage.  King, Abernathy, Young….those were leaders who could march and inspire and lead and articulate.  There seems to be precious little of that anymore.

Second, there are too many questions still unanswered.  Even from my standpoint (suburban white boy), I wonder what happened.  Who made the bad decisions. Who went along them, who knows something but isn’t saying.  Freddie Gray shouldn’t have died as a result of that trip to central booking.  Something went wrong, something that we still can’t clearly identify and be confident in.  He wasn’t a saint, but nothing he did was sufficient to suggest he should die.  And I blame the Baltimore State’s Attorney for those failures, for not only not finding the facts and the truth but for further obfuscating it.  A properly done investigation would have answered many of those questions, perhaps enough to paint a correct picture.  But in a rush to indict, in a rush to center stage, the truth and the facts were forever lost.  As was justice.

The wounds will take a long time to heal, all the way around.  If they can heal.  The community has lost the opportunity to gain confidence in the system; to know what happened to expect the appropriate legal intervention. The police have lost confidence in the system too, to believe that the DA acts as an agent of inquiry and justice.  Now, both the community and the police have no confidence in the prosecutor and the process.

When you find yourself in a deep hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.  We have yet to figure out how to stop digging deeper holes for ourselves.




One response to this post.

  1. Posted by hmunro on July 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

    It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it, that injustice continues to be the hallmark of this sad case. I’ve heard of enough situations in which a DA doesn’t appear to follow through that I wonder if it would be better to have a bureau of independent investigators — so when a tragic incident like this happens a handful of experts with no ties to the affected city or its politics could try to get to the bottom of things.


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