I want to ask the black community in Baltimore, and in other areas of rioting and protest, a very serious question. My question concerns a topic that they should know all too well from history: What is justice? What is due process? Are we seeing justice in Baltimore? Or is this a more nefarious thing—mob rule. Do you remember the stories from your fathers and grandfather of mob rule?
There was actually a time when a segment of our citizens lived without due process rights. This was an ugly and horrifying truth for black Americans, primarily. Imagine a scene where you are at your dinner table with your wife and child and suddenly the door is kicked in and a mob of angry men takes you, your wife and child, out the door screaming threats of violence and even death. You know that you have no one that will stand for you. You have no judge that will hear your cries for justice, and you have no recourse against this huge mob that intends to decide your fate. This happened to blacks on a regular basis in our nation`s history.
If we lose true “due process” in our legal system to satisfy the demands for justice from an angry mob, we are headed down a horrifying and dangerous road. If you study, with intellectual honesty, the event of the prosecutor`s press conference and the charges leveled at police officers in the arrest of Freddie Gray, you will see the elements of justice driven by mob rule, without true due process. Let me explain.
First and foremost, no one in the media or the mob of protestors and rioters knows what happened to Freddie Gray during and after his arrest. If the officers did in fact do something wrong, accidental or with malice of forethought, they should face serious charges; however, NO OONE knows for sure at this point and they certainly didn`t know during the rioting and destruction of government and private property. Secondly, when we see police use extreme force to put down a riot (which did not happen in Baltimore, unfortunately), we are actually seeing the police do what they should do to protect our Constitutional rights and to protect government property, private property, and innocent citizens.
Instead of seeing law and order, protection of property and innocent citizens, we saw a militant mob—angry, vengeful, and opportunist in nature—destroy Baltimore as police were ordered to stand down. Once this horrible monster—the criminal mob—was set loose, there was no turning back and the damage to the city, and to individuals, is enormous.
Finally, when the prosecutor held her press conference she not only threw as many charges at these officers as she could, including—shockingly—Second Degree Murder, but she then went on to speak to the criminal mobs that chanted “No justice, no peace” as if they were worthy of a voice. According to media reports (and the officers` attorney), the prosecutor only had the actual arrest report for a few hours. This would not give her time to consider, in any serious manor, the charges that should be brought, if any at all. There has been no Grand Jury called to investigate the evidence, she just blasted out a multitude of shocking charges and then patted the mob on the head and said, don`t worry…I got this, you will get your so-called justice. She didn`t say these words out loud but they were saturated in the subtext of her rhetoric.
This might not look the same as the black man and his family at the dinner table in the early 19th Century; however, it is without a doubt an apples-to-apples comparison. These officers, just like the murderer, the rapist, and the Islamic Terrorist (which I personally do not support, for God`s sake), or anyone else, deserve due process. They deserve a proper investigation of the evidence, a Grand Jury, and a prosecutor that believes in opening his/her mouth only after naming specific crimes, not just specific charges. In her press conference she did not name one specific crime for which she could say they had hard evidence. She simply tossed the mud on the wall with the hope of satisfying political ends and the criminal mob. I`m frightened that these officers will not be able to face an untainted jury. I`m scarfed they will face mob justice rather than due process. If you support this kind of justice just ask yourself if you would like this kind of process if or when you face a serious criminal charge, or charges.
To my fellow black Americans that support the “sling-mud-at-the-wall” techniques of the Baltimore Prosecutor, I would ask you if you support due process or if you think Americans should take a step backward into the dark times your people experienced themselves? Which is the more honorable stance, to believe in due process or to allow for mob justice and revenge as a road to satisfaction.
This question requires one to step back from anger, racism, revenge, and the emotional appeals of the political elite which use the “useful idiots” throughout history to grab power.
This is a lynching by political elitists and a criminal mob that does not have the civility or maturity to wait for facts to emerge and evidence to be weighed. You have to realize that once you set this kind of precedent, once you unleash this kind of government police power, once you use mob rule rather than equal justice under the law and due process, you unleash it on yourself as well. It is only a matter of time before you will suffer the same lack of due process and a frightening hell of merciless injustice at the hands of men that care little for humanity over their political ends.
If anyone should understand this, it should be the black community that is calling for these officers to be drawn and quartered as fast as possible.