I breathed a sigh of relief when Baltimore’s chief prosecutor decided to indict the six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. At last, the turmoil in that city will subside, and decisions on the incident will shift to a court of law, the way they should.
While many in the crowd of protestors have conflated an indictment with a conviction, I think the more knowledgeable leaders understand the distinction and will soften their rhetoric accordingly. After all the exonerations of police officers over the past few months, at least one will receive the scrutiny deserved.
African-Americans are rightly grieved about what they consider an unfair system biased against them, and the frustration of so many “Freddie Grays” in the past was the reason for the lid coming off, and the violent reactions in Monday night’s demonstrations. The prosecutor, however, methodically laid out the case against the officers, and they will all receive their day in court whether that be in Baltimore or another location.
Who’s to say what would have happened with a different result? Thank God we will never know the answer to that question. At least, a modicum of justice has occurred, and things are on the right track. Baltimore will not explode in fire, and our judicial system will handle things from here on in.