“Black Lives matter” they say — but perhaps not to Freddie Gray.
Gray’s April 12 death while in Baltimore police custody has sparked protests and been used as an excuse for rioting. Of course, it’s still not entirely clear what caused the criminal’s demise. A police report has been issued indicating that Gray injured himself, with a wound on his head matching a bolt in the police van in which he was transported. And the arrestee sharing that van with Gray, Donta Allen, reportedly says he didn’t see any harm done to the man, but heard him thrashing around “like he was banging his head.” On the other hand, it has just been announced that Baltimore’s top prosecutor is bringing criminal charges against the six police officers involved in the incident, alleging, among other things, that Gray was subject to a false arrest.
Whatever the case, something is clear. While Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake infamously has said “We don’t have thugs in Baltimore” (at least, maybe, not any more than they have homosexuals in Iran), they certainly did have at least one:
It appears that Gray’s business, you see, was hurting black kids. Just take a gander at his body of work (rap sheet):
• March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
• March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
• January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
• January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
• December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute