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A medical examiner report ruled Freddie Grays death a homicide leading to six Baltimore Police Officers facing charges ranging from manslaughter to murder. This is good news but not a cause for celebration given the state of the justice system. It is like having a wound that needs stitches and putting band-aid on it. The people of Baltimore are angry and this move is to quell the unrest.
Here is how this is going to play out. The officers will go and trial and they will have a predominantly white jury. They will say that they followed protocol and tell the jury that the injuries Freddie Gray suffered – which we only see in situations like motor vehicle accident – Freddie did it to himself. They will convince the jury that they did nothing wrong, Freddie Gray crushed his own wind pipe and almost severed his own spine. The jury will find no reasonable cause to believe the officers did any thing wrong and will acquit them. The people of Baltimore will once again cry foul and play the race card. Maybe the story will end different but I m not holding out much hope.
We have a problem but the problem runs deeper than race. It is about the blatant disregard for human life. It is about people respecting the lives of only those who are popular, wealthy and looked upon in society. They treat people differently because of their social background. There is no fairness in the law and how they execute justice. Until the law ensure that every human being is treated equally regardless of race, color or social standing and those who act contrary to the law while doing their jobs are held accountable there will be no change. We cannot have a peaceful society if law enforcers behave in a manner similar to the people they are trying to police. They must stop the excessive use of force and lead by example.