29 thoughts on “And in Baltimore …

  1. Mosby opted to raise her political reputation over thinking like a prosecutor. I have no clue what actually happened in this case, but based on her running to the first magazine she could for a photo spread and interview I had already guessed she had overcharged and was incapable of making good on her promises.

  2. How long until one or more Baltimore police officers are shot and killed in an ambush? I fear we may be witnessing the opening skirmishes of an actual race war in America.

  3. I really want our police to stop killing so many people, without regard to race. I’m well aware that a lot more people are killed by criminals, and that most killing by police is justified according to the rules they operate under. I want different rules. I want a different mentality in the application of law enforcement.

    • Radley Balko is one of my favorite thinkers and exposers of reality. Imbedded bureaucracies don’t like exposure.

      • I doubt anyone can. Until laws are adopted so that bureaucrats, politicians, union heads, etc., can be held criminally and civilly liable for malfeasance, the “rules” will continue to be intentionally ambiguous.

          • I know that.

            I say this not to be a joke or an insult, though I realize it may come off that way (and I’m saying it anyway, which should tell you something): I think that the unwritten, classified 4th directive – to continue the metaphor – is “in any confrontation, the guy with the badge goes home at the end.”

            I don’t say that is a bad thing when considered objectively. I believe that every citizen has an obligation to comply with the lawful orders of a police officer. However, I also believe that over the last decade or so, police officers have generally evolved toward a much more self-protective posture as a result of political and media pressure. There are other factors as well, but this is a comment, not a dissertation.

          • Once an officer has decided to arrest you, you are going to be arrested. No cop will say “That’s such a nice right hook the law doesn’t apply to you. You may go now”.

            There are two modes of resisting arrest that work: 1) out run the cop such that he can’t pursue or 2) cause enough injuries to the cop such that he can’t pursue.

            Option 2 meets every definition of self-defense in every state: threat to life or grave bodily injury.

            The only difference is that the police, being agents of the state, are not allowed to retreat.

          • Put someone in the LEO’s shoes for a week and the attitudes would change immensely.
            That’s quite a lot of the problem, in my view. I don’t want police to have immensely different attitudes from mine. I want them to stop killing so many people.

            Even if that puts ‘officer safety’ at greater risk.

            Even when they ‘don’t have time for this’ http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/10/us/north-carolina-teen-killed/

            Even when the person killed, like Alton Brown, is a goddamned dirtbag.

            Even when it’s just a dog, not an actual person.

          • While Alton Brown does come across as a schmuck on all shows since Good Eats, I don’t know that I’d call him ‘a goddamned dirtbag’.

            Alton Sterling maybe?

          • When you put officer safety at greater risk, you threaten to widow my daughter. No, put criminal safety at greater risk, instead.

          • The real question is actually about communication. As a mostly law-abiding citizen, I want to be able to convey quickly and reliably to a police officer that I am not breaking the law and *I do not mean him harm*. This is something I really worry about, because I live in an area known for police violence.

            What disturbs me are the cases where the police do not give the suspect a clear chance to avoid being shot. If you threaten an officer or point something at him, sorry, but that’s not going to end well.

            There needs to be better training and enforcement of standards. Also, get veteran police officers and use of force experts to clarify shoot / don’t situations.

          • I set off ‘officer safety’ this way because I’m not actually talking about genuine officer safety. I’m talking about a bullshit excuse used to shoot unarmed people who have harmed no one, barking [and simply present, presenting no aggression at all] dogs, and people who are merely running away.

    • I want the police killing more. Instead of talking down a guy who just murdered 49 and a half people plus 18 ferrets, shoot him down. And put Texas’ Capital Punishment Express Lane in every state and DC. Not being facetious in the least.

  4. I followed the outrage on Twitter for a bit, saw many people wondering “How can there not be a conviction if it was ruled a homicide?”

    I suggested to someone they might find it educational to read up a bit on a fellow named Simpson, used to play football. Funny, that didn’t make him particularly happy.

    But you know what they say…”When all you have is a hammer, every problem is SHUT UP, RACIST!!”

  5. Time for Mosby to be tried for malicious prosecution.

    She overreached on ideological (or political, you pick) grounds, went for maximum publicity against the defendants, and lost because she couldn’t prove the charges.

    She should pay, and pay big.

    • If you hop over to Legal Insurrection, they point out that officers have wide latitude to arrest people, so the idea that these officers could be charged for arresting this guy was just way, way outside the law.

      So I’d say that they have a strong case.

  6. I was in Baltimore a couple of weeks back, saw a BLM protest. They were chanting about how there would be no peace and calling for, if not a race war, then definitely a race scuffle.

    Most of them were white.

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