Allow me this brief observation about the case involving the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and the riots that have ensued since that tragedy.
Baltimore authorities have charged six Baltimore police officers with homicide in Gray’s death, which occurred when he suffered a severed spine while in police custody. Gray was black and his death touched off another storm of protests by African-Americans about the treatment they receive from the police.
Then the charges came forward.
It’s fair to point out something about the events that have developed since Gray’s death.
Three of the six officers charged with a felony are African-American; the other three are Anglo. The prosecutor is African-American.
This case should turn, as President Obama noted, on whether “justice” will be delivered. By my way of looking at the arrests of the officers and the charges they face, the officers’ racial composition suggests that race doesn’t have quite the sting in this case that it once did.
Yes, let’s allow justice to be done. Let’s also dial back the race-baiting.