Today Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby officially ruled Freddie Gray’s death a homicide.
Charges have been brought up against the six police officers who are being held responsible for Mr. Gray’s death.
Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr.
Officer William G. Porter
Lt. Brian W. Rice
Officer Edward M. Nero
Officer Garrett E. Miller
Sgt. Alicia D. White
After four nights of protesting in Baltimore, nationwide outrage and the voice of the people demanding justice I was pleasantly shocked that homicide, manslaughter and misconduct charges were brought against all six officers. But aside from the shock I felt relief that this young man’s death would not be swept under the rug like so many other cases that involve law enforcement and our young brothas.
And then within a spilt second of my satisfaction I was brought back to the reality of Rodney King.
The officers that attacked him were also charged but they were all acquitted, thus leading to the historic LA Riots of 1992.
However, these are two very different incidents.
In hours following the LAPD officers acquittal King would later go on television and plead for peace by uttering his now famous “Can we all get along?” speech, which was fitting since the riots were the culmination of events that began with him.
Freddie Gray is no longer here with us to offer such a plea because he’s dead. And that makes this case more severe because the mistreatment of his arrest and the lack of answers as to why he was arrested lead to the protesting and riots.
But After all of the rioting and scuffles with police and the omnipresent news outlets flocking to Baltimore awaiting another night like Monday’s eruption of frustration I’m scared to think what would happen if all six of them walked away unscathed by the repercussions of their actions.
I stand in solidarity with my brothas and sistahs is Baltimore because I am also so very tired of hearing countless stories of our lives being mistreated and improperly handled. And I want to feel 100% relieved that I can trust our justice system once again.
But I can’t.
And I won’t.
Because now it is time for the system to prove to us that it works for everyone.
The rich and the poor.
The white and the black and brown.
Everyone deserves their fair trial but I don’t want this to be just something they’re doing to quiet the screams of the unheard because the next time our system fails us the reaction could be far worse.
But I know that’s just my overly analytical mind trying to predict the future. I want every last one of these overseers to face some type of punishment for their crime. Because at the end of the day a man is dead for no apparent reason other than the color of his skin and his perceived threat to six officers of the law.
I will be watching, waiting and praying with the rest of you that this trend of killing young brothas is finally over. But more than that, I’m hoping that we will all recognize we are the people.
Our blood is the life force that propels this nation and we are powerful beyond measure. And once we realize that and accept the truth of who we truly are as a nation, we can make the impossible a reality.