Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Baltimore Burns Over Dead Police Brutality Victim
Gee, did I choose a good month to go on hiatus. April must have been open season for police officers, considering all of the police brutality cases that have been keeping me busy. The month started with an unarmed man being shot eight times in the back while fleeing cops, and after several similar incidents of the fuzz shooting unarmed men dead, the month is now drawing to a close with an entire city up in flames over a man beaten to death by the popo.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who Freddie Gray is, or what the hell’s going on in Baltimore. The news media has been covering the chaos 24/7. But for those who recently pulled their head out of the sand and have no idea what’s going on, allow me to provide the abridged version of events:
Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old man arrested on weapons charges (for owning a switchblade, of all things). Cops allegedly beat him, then dragged and stuffed him into their van. While being transported, he suffered a spinal injury and broken voice box. Despite this, cops refused to provide him timely medical care. He fell into a coma, was taken to a trauma center, and died during surgery. Baltimore residents understandably became mad as hell over this and weren’t going to take it anymore. They took to the streets in protest. Their protests turned to violent riots, and now Baltimore is ablaze with fire and destruction, to the point where the National Guard have been called in.
At this point, I don’t know what’s worse: Freddie being yet another name added to the long list of (mostly black) men killed at the hands of (mostly white) cops, or his death being used as an excuse by violent idiots to tear up and burn down their own town. Actually, I’ll take that back: civilians being killed at the hands of law enforcement, whom had been sworn to serve and protect them, is always worse—much worse! (Though admittedly, the violent rioting idiots aren’t helping!)
And really, what else can I say about Freddie Gray that hasn’t been said before about Walter Scott or Tamir Rice or Eric Garner or Michael Brown or every other person who has been shot or beaten or tazed to death at the hands of people whom we have entrusted with the sole privilege of using coercion within society in order “to serve and protect” us? What else can I say about law enforcement that I haven’t said before: that they’ve devolved into a wild gang of armed thugs whom have been allowed to run wild and kill gratis without repercussion, and that it’s high time that we initiate serious reform to prevent this crap from happening again?
There’s nothing else that I can say that hasn’t been said before, and that’s the saddest part about all of this. This crap happens on a daily basis, to the point where no one barely bats their eye at it—and when people do bat an eye and demand that something be done about it, nothing ever gets done. Our law enforcement have become a blight upon civilized society, and no one seems to care. That seems to be the new normal now.