Tag: Baltimore

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Back to “Normal” in Baltimore

 

MosbyBaltimoreI have a new column up today over at PJ Media in which I maintain that the “return to normal” in Baltimore is not necessarily a thing to be celebrated. As is often the case, no sooner had I sent the piece off to my editor than I thought of something I should have added. In the column, I make the prediction that when the case has run its course none of the six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray will stand convicted of even a single charge, and that they will prevail in a civil lawsuit against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Her case against the officers is feeble at best, but this does not mean the officers will have any easy time of things when they have their day in court. I have no doubt that in Baltimore there can be found any number of judges who, like Ms. Mosby, are more committed to the cause of “social justice” than to the impartial application of actual justice. Should the case come before one of these judges – and is there any doubt that Mosby will attempt to steer it that way? – the officers may find themselves in for a rough go. But, at some point along the way, the case will come before appellate judges at the state or federal level, men and women who, one must hope, will not abide Mosby’s campaign to use the courts as a vehicle for mob revenge.

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There’s been a lot of talk about Baltimore, specifically the root causes and how or whether one should try to understand the anger and frustration. This is a very complicated issue, but since I believe that attempts at understanding are never wasted, here’s how I see the frustration. I’m leaving a lot out for now […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. My Baltimore, My Thoughts

 

parkThis photo shows the park at the bottom of my street. To the left of this image, you’d find a road. Drive on it for about 10 minutes, and you’ll be at the now-famous CVS.

I have lived my entire life in Baltimore City. Went to public schools, and most of my professional life has been spent within the city limits. For the most part, it’s a pretty good life as a city resident. But there are major frustrations. I pay high taxes — much higher than surrounding counties. I’ve had my car stolen twice and bikes stolen. Police just shrug; not a big deal in Baltimore. I never even considered sending my children to the public schools that I attended because, well, for the most part, they are awful. I’ve watched businesses and people flee Baltimore — fleeing the taxes, crime, and public schools. I’ve stayed.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Few Thoughts on the Events in Baltimore

 

imageWhile watching the news coverage of the rioting in Baltimore last night, I recalled a conversation I had with a gang member I arrested during the Los Angeles riots of 1992. He was a member of one of the many Crip “sets” to be found across South L.A., and I asked whether he and his fellow gangsters had any sympathy for Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by LAPD officers engendered the whole mess.

“[Expletive] Rodney King,” he said. “Rodney King ain’t no Crip. This ain’t about no Rodney King. It’s about getting free [expletive].

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Baltimore Burning

 

bal-students-residents-clash-with-police-at-mo-015In a scene that’s all too common in the Obama era, an American city is in flames. This time it’s Baltimore, where a funeral for a man killed by cops was quickly followed by mob violence carried live on cable news and social media. Every few months another Democrat stronghold is convulsed by turmoil. Hope and change involves a lot more riots and looting than I expected.

Meanwhile, our President is touring the Beltway with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. They visited the Lincoln Memorial (must have special significance to a man named Abe) and tomorrow features a state dinner replete with Wagyu beef and exceedingly rare wines. I’m curious if the PM’s security detail is alarmed by the race war occurring just down the road or if his staff is simply aghast at how the world’s leading superpower has fallen so far and so fast. The shocking footage out of Baltimore isn’t a helpful backdrop for hosting one of our closest allies, especially when his nation is facing down an increasingly belligerent China and North Korea.

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