Reserving Judgment in Baltimore

So, Marilyn J. Mosby, Baltimore’s state attorney, has come under fire from both sides after a judge acquitted Officer Edward Nero of all charges in the death of Freddy Gray, the 25 year old Black man fatally injured in the back of a police van while in custody.

Apparently, since this was the second trial so far without a conviction, Freddy Gray’s advocates are mad at her. And, Mosby’s mostly-white, critics say that all this is proof that she had no business bringing charges in the first place.

How anyone could think that no one is guilty in the death of this hand-cuffed and un-seat-belted prisoner thrown from side to side in a wild ride in a police van is quite beyond belief. And those of us who remember Marilyn Mosby’s eloquent and impassioned speech in bringing charges (including murder) are still moved by the thought that justice might indeed finally be done.

I still believe that is possible. There are still five trials to go and the next one, on June 6, will be a critical one since it will be for the driver of the van, Officer Caesar Goodson. It was he, perhaps above all the others, who had “hands on the weapon” which took the life of Freddy Gray in such a brutal manner.

In any case, it is important to reserve judgment on all this until the legal proceedings are completed. All the family has asked for is justice. And the justice process is only now underway.

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