Barack Obama recently responded to news of charges made against six Baltimore police officers in the Freddie Gray case. He said, “What I think the people of Baltimore want…is the truth,” according to White House pool.
“It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out on what happened to Freddie Gray.”
Although the POTUS says that he is in no position to comment on the legal process involved on the matter, he insists “that justice needs to be served.”
— HBCU Buzz (@HBCUBuzz) May 1, 2015
Yesterday news that the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man that was viciously attacked and subdued by Baltimore police officers, was ruled a homicide was greeted with cheers from those wanting justice. Gray’s death is “the latest symbol of police brutality in America,” some say.
Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill perfectly sums up why young black people are letting their voices be heard, sometimes by rioting. He said in a series of tweets:
[pull_quote_center]I pray for peace in Baltimore. But it’s foolish and unrealistic to expect peace without justice as a necessary precondition. Riots are what happened in Kentucky after the basketball team lost the championship.What we’re seeing is an international wave of UPRISINGS. … To dismiss these uprisings as mere thuggery and criminality is to delegitimize and pathologize black rage.[/pull_quote_center]
The youngest top prosecutor of any major city in America, Marilyn Mosby, is now overseeing the Freddie Gray investigation.
Mosby is a product of a historically black university, Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, who “comes from a long line of police officers.”
[quote_box_center]“She has a natural affinity for police officers and law enforcement types, and at the same time, she is aware of the incredible number of complaints against the Baltimore City police department,” said Richard Woods, a Baltimore-based attorney whose practice is primarily criminal defense work.[/quote_box_center]
“It was important to have somebody who was willing to look at it from both sides, and Marilyn Mosby fit the bill,” Woods said.