one’sThe 2015 Freddie Gray case was among the highest profile examples pitting black people against police officers, a narrative that resulted in calls for “dead cops” and “fry ’em like bacon.” Black Lives Matter poured additional fuel on fires that cropped up because of Gray, Trayvon Martin, and other “victims.” BLM used emotional narratives to their advantage, and they had a biased mainstream media on their side.
The facts never supported Black Lives Matter and the Baltimore rioters, so they had to turn to feelings and emotions. They did this in full force. They demanded Freddie Gray’s detainers arrested and thrown in jail for 20 years. They didn’t want a lawful trial by jury or true justice to be carried out (true justice maintains the assumption of one’s innocence until proven guilty).
The impulsivity of Black Lives Matter and the rioters in Baltimore created a war against police and a war against the law. And it will forever have a lasting influence on the city, not in a good way. Rather than siding with law enforcement, the county prosecutor and mayor chose to side with rioters. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be remembered for her mishandling of the calamity that ensued after Gray’s death. But will she also be remembered for forever ruining the future of the city she managed?
The effects of the Freddie Gray phenomenon throughout the U.S. can’t be understated. Police “stand down” orders have caused millions of dollars in damage and vandalism to major cities. Cops have stopped patrol of the streets to avoid getting caught up in the next Gray or Martin, yet another shooting of an “unarmed black teenager” splashed across every mainstream media station.
Baltimore, Chicago, Berkeley, and Portland are all examples of subjecting the law to SJWs’ emotions. Why should a police officer have to submit to how you or any other person feels on any given day? Those who attend law school quickly learn the following phrase, often early in their JD:
“The law is reason, free from passion.” -Aristotle
But not in Baltimore. And not in Chicago. And certainly not in Berkeley. In fact, in these towns passion completely overtook any notion of reason, consideration of law, or respect for order. What it left in its wake was a trail of destruction; what it left were businesses torched to the ground; what it left was a public frightened of living in these cities. Now they are leaving them behind.