“I’m angry because this is what we deal with, and when I say ‘we,’ we’re talking about the black community and I’m a part of and represent that community as well, it seems like we have no voice when it comes to these issues. When it comes to conversations like this, we’re not involved. This should have been a jury trial where the community had a voice in this case. Of course a system works in a system’s favor, that’s how I look at it. That judge represents the system, and the police officer represents a system, but they’re all one system working together. And again I don’t think case was actually tried fairly when it comes down the community being involved.”
—-Baltimore activist Reverend Wesley West, quoted by CBS news, in the wake of Freddie Gray’s arresting officer, Edward Nero, being found not guilty today of all charges brought against him as a result of Grey’s death following his arrest in April of 2015
The Freddie Grey Ethics Train Wreck, a bi-product of the Ferguson Ethics Train Wreck which was a direct result of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Ethics Train Wreck, is still rolling, in case you wondered.
This is the second trial of the accused officers to support the conclusion by many independent analysts that charges were brought against six Baltimore officers in the tragedy without sufficient evidence or investigation, in order to quell social unrest and mollify African American activists like West. That made the charges, by City Attorney Marilyn Mosby—whose husband just happened to be preparing a run for mayor, a coincidence, of course— unethical, and a capitulation to government by mob.
West is impugning the justice system despite knowing nothing of the evidence presented or what happened in the events leading to Gray’s death. His contention that “the community” should have a say in a police officer’s guilt or innocence is a direct appeal to mob justice. His statement is also factually false, especially in this instance. The community had far too much influence in the prosecution of Nero and the other officers already, using violence and the threat of more violence to extort the city.
What does he mean by “there should have been a jury trial?” When a defendant has both the evidence and the law on his side, as Nero apparently did, the wise thing for his to do is to avoid the risks of a jury trial where emotion can overwhelm facts, and place the verdict in the hands of the judge. That is a right. West thinks that Nero’s rights should be blocked so the “community” can exact revenge. His irresponsible statement, moreover, lights the fuse for the next riot.
Baltimore decided to sacrifice six of its police officers in the hope that by the time they were all acquitted, passions might have cooled sufficiently to prevent more riots. In doing so, prosecutors and Baltimore officials corrupted the justice system, and encouraged those, like the Reverend, who advocate mob rule. This all flows from the dangerous and divisive current theory, bolstered by the words and actions of two U.S. Attorneys General and the Justice Department and at the heart of Black Lives Matter, that every death of a black citizen in a confrontation with law enforcement is presumptively a civil rights violation until proven otherwise.
Nero’s trial may be over, but the Freddie Gray/Ferguson/Martin-Zimmerman Ethics Train Wrecks keeps rolling, rolling along.