“Justice needs to be served,” says President Barack Obama. “What I think people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That’s what people around the country expect.”
Friday, May 1 at a press conference, 35-year-old Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland state attorney for the city of Baltimore, said that Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal and there was probable cause to file manslaughter charges against the police officers involved.
“This is a great day, and I think we need to realize that,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland. “I think a message has been sent by our state’s attorney that she treasures every life, that she values every person.” But the problem with police officer cases across the country is that the officers walk out of court free after the trial.
The judicial system is set up for the police to win, and I don’t think the new Baltimore state attorney will ever have enough evidence to make her charges stick. There is no way the judicial system will allow six police officers to be convicted by evidence that they control. To maintain and control the residents in the city, the power brokers will let a rookie state attorney sooth the community with speculation that something is going to change. But illegal arrests happen every day in Baltimore and across the country to Black people, and not much will change. Forty million dollars a year spent in that one community to police the residents, and the police always win.
When Obama calls the rioters “thugs and criminals,” he sends a message to the police and media that most of the residents who live in that community operate from an illegal mindset. Even though he is talking about 1 percent of the population, the media gives the impression that the majority of the community is violent and they will break the law if given an opportunity.
The police are always ready to protect their own because they operate as overseers in the community. Instead of building relations, mending broken fences and working as public servants, they violate the law and cannot be trusted.
The six officers who were arrested treated Gray as a criminal with no rights, and they treated him as less than human by handcuffing him and shackling his feet. The van driver, officer Caesar R. Godson Jr., received the most serious charge: second-degree murder. Lt. Brian W. Rice was charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. Officer William G. Porter and Sgt. Alicia D. White were charged with manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office. Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller were charged with assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
Obama wants justice, but no one knows what justice really is or what it looks like. Mosby has good intentions and Blacks must continue to vote people with her character into office. But justice may just be a trial in which the police officers are told to go to a class on interpersonal relations, and then allowed to walk out of court as free persons.