Blink and you missed it.
I’m not talking about the small town on the backwater road in some state that’s mostly nothing, I’m talking about what should have been banner news being paid mere lip service.
That is, if it’s being paid anything at all.
You recall that back in April 2015, Freddie Gray was arrested by Baltimore, Md., police officers for possession of an illegal weapon, and while being transported by police, he fell into a coma and later died.
Autopsy results showed Gray died of spinal cord injuries, and police were blamed.
Headlines and news broadcasts all focused on the police, and publicized the “disturbances” made by Baltimore residents by way of protests. You know, disturbances like burning down several businesses, 34 arrests and 15 police officers injured, and eventually the Maryland National Guard being called in to quell the “civil disorder.”
Talking heads began screaming about injustice and Black Lives Matter and police brutality before an investigation had been started, and then the pandemonium escalated. Day after day, for weeks it seemed, all we heard about was bad cops and poor Freddie Gray and the right of people to be upset and cause millions of dollars of property damage to properly express their grief.
The city’s mayor even said that people who wished to be destructive should be given space to do so, all the while drawing targets on the police officers believed to be involved in Gray’s death.
The culmination of the events of last year was that six police officers were arrested and tried on various counts of negligence and even “depraved heart murder” in connection with the death.
And this happening so close to the events in Ferguson, Mo., that touched off riots and other examples of the “exercise of free speech,” it was more fodder for the national media outlets to trumpet the injustice of police officers, gun ownership, white privilege and any other thing that needed to be screamed about.
Last month, one of the officers arrested in the case, Edward Nero, was found not guilty on charges of second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
Yet I can’t seem to locate the wall-to-wall wailing and 24-hour reporting of that little tidbit. It’s almost as if there’s an air of disappointment about the fact that the police officer did not kill Gray,
Another officer has had his case tossed out because of mistrials, and the rest are due to be tried this fall.
What you missed, though, was the same amount of frenetic news coverage that were present during the original arrest of Gray and the subsequent rioting and posturing by the powers of Baltimore.
What you missed was the mayor offering apologies for the overly aggressive prosecution and her seemingly convicting the officers in the press. She did say that now that Nero’s trial is over, he has to be tried by the department in an administrative review.
After all the calls by rioters, by city officials and by news folk for justice, it has been delivered.
But if you blinked …