At the very least, somebody needs to tone down the rhetoric that the state's attorney's office had no business prosecuting on the basis of that video. To not have brought charges would have sent a far more troubling message that police in Baltimore County can do whatever they like to a suspect, kick, spit, whatever. That, we've learned in Baltimore City, is the path to poisoning the department's relationship with the neighborhoods most in need of their protection. Everyone ought to be held accountable to reasonable standards of behavior, police included. When misconduct is ignored or excused, it does the rank-and-file officer no favor; it only makes the job that much more difficult and dangerous.