On May 1 of this year, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six local police officers with murder and manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray. With her charge, Ms. Mosby called for peace in a city being ransacked by looters and rioters who cried racism and fought police. But peace is a far cry from the Baltimore we’ve seen since Freddie Gray’s death.
In the months which followed the arrest of those six officers, murders are up 100% while arrests in Baltimore are down by 50%. What does that tell us? Some officers may not be doing their job because they believe they’ll automatically be found guilty by a city that doesn’t stand by them. It’s sad, but can you blame them?
However, yesterday, Freddie Gray’s autopsy was leaked to the press. And it changes the narrative the mainstream media would have you believe about the Baltimore cops. From the Baltimore Sun:
Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” — like those seen in shallow-water diving incidents — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
The state medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death fit the medical and legal definition of an accident, but ruled it to be a homicide because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.”
Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction. He was not belted in, but his wrists and ankles were shackled, making him “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.”
Granted, the report doesn’t mean a whole lot. Freddie Gray still died. Baltimore was still ransacked by vandals.
What it does do is remind a broken city that their police force is not racist. Did the officers fail to follow protocol? Yes. Did that breech of protocol lead to an accident which caused Freddie Gray to sustain a life-ending injury? Yes.
But that doesn’t make them racist. It simply makes them humans, capable of human error. Three of the six officers charged are black – arresting Freddie Gray wasn’t about racism, it was about doing their job.
We must never forget that most police officers are heroes. It’s time we stop pushing false narratives of racism and instead return to supporting and respecting our men and women in blue.