The PJ Tatler

In Baltimore, City Officials and the Underclass Vote Against Law and Order

As the big American cities die, we’ll be seeing much more of this: city officials vs. their own police departments, arresting cops for the crime of doing their jobs. Unable to get control of their own underclass — indeed, voted into office by that very underclass — the politicians will essentially make it unlawful for the police to function:

The Baltimore police investigation into the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody fails to support some charges filed by the city prosecutor, CNN reported on Thursday.

Citing officials briefed on the separate probes by prosecutor Marilyn Mosby and police into the death of Freddie Gray, the television news network said the lack of support for charges from the police findings could allow lawyers representing the officers to undercut the prosecution. Gray, 25, sustained spinal injuries after being arrested, and his death on April 19 sparked protests and a day of arson and looting in the largely African American city.

Mosby charged six officers on Friday with counts ranging from false imprisonment to manslaughter and second-degree murder. She made her announcement hours after the state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and a day after police turned over their findings about Gray’s arrest.

Anybody could plainly see that Mosby rushed to charge the six men and women for no other reason than to appease the mob. (When you’ve lost John Banzhaf…) Making those charges stick, however, will likely prove impossible. And yet, if and when the charges are dropped or thrown out — or worse, when the officers are acquitted — the elected officials will use that same mob to destroy yet another civic institution in the name of “fairness” and “equality.”

Officials familiar with the probes say the homicide investigation run by police at most contemplated a manslaughter charge, not second-degree murder as Mosby charged one of the officers, Caesar Goodson. To win conviction for murder, prosecutors must prove intent to kill. Manslaughter relates to unintentional killings.

Homicide investigators briefed by the medical examiner’s office believed the autopsy report would likely find the cause of death to fall short of homicide, one official familiar with the case told CNN.

Lawyers for two officers have challenged a key part of Mosby’s case, that a knife found on Gray was legal in Maryland and thus officers did not have a right to arrest him. The police investigation found that the knife was illegal under the city code. A police spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Mosby said in a statement that she refused to litigate the Gray case in the media.

That’s because both she and the mayor would rather litigate it in the street. This won’t end well.