Second, police here are not "too intimidated to do their jobs." Maybe in South Carolina, police officers are easily cowed, not so in Charm City where they are, sorry to say, battle-hardened. We have witnessed the criminal prosecution of police for possible misconduct in office before (as well as mayors, council members, legislators and yes, even governors). As Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said about his force last week after his predecessor suggested police "took a knee" after the riots in April, "they're working hard." Their reasonable but firm handling of the rather desultory protests in downtown Baltimore during last Wednesday's hearings in the Freddie Gray-related prosecutions provided the latest evidence of it.