Warren A. Brown, a Baltimore defense attorney who is not involved in the Freddie Gray case, talks about Judge Williams' ruling acquitting Officer Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray case. (Kevin Richardson)
I'm sick and tired of protesters griping about the not guilty verdicts in the Freddie Gray cases. Most recently, we have such comments as: "Somebody should be guilty of something … everybody's getting off" and "Something happened … It's not fair" ("Widespread doubt of any convictions," July 19). Tessa Hill-Aston, current president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, said during a TV interview following Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.'s acquittal that there's a "flaw" in the legal system. Others have said that the acquittals show that blacks can't get justice. It's as if the majority of the black community wants a judicial double standard: guilt by accusation for cops but guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for everyone else.
There are only two possibilities regarding Freddie Gray's death: Either he died as a result of a rough ride or he injured himself and did so far worse than he intended. The facts strongly suggest the latter. If it had been a rough ride, Donta Allen, who also was in the police van for part of the ride, likely would have been injured as well, but he was not. He also said that he heard banging in Freddie Gray's compartment. No friend of the police, Mr. Allen testified that his trip was a "smooth ride." Police officers would not likely think that they need to seat belt someone to protect him from himself.
Logically, Freddie Gray injured himself, intending to claim that he was given a rough ride, hoping to get an out-of-court settlement from the city. Yet the majority of the black community seems to have its mind made up and will not be confused by the facts. Is The Sun's editorial board so busy burnishing its liberal credentials that it cannot — or will not— fairly address the more likely cause of Freddie Gray's death?