Crime

A look at the 6 officers charged

Featured image The Washington Post has the lowdown on the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddy Gray. As Paul Mirengoff inferred from the silence at the time of the charges, it’s a “diverse” group: The six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray face a litany of charges that include second-degree depraved-heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. The officers — three white, three »

Additional thoughts about the Freddie Gray case

Featured image I have posted my initials thoughts on the criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers. Former federal prosecutor Bill Otis has offered more extensive, and better-informed, observations. Among them are the following, all of which make good sense to me: Will the mob tolerate an acquittal? The calls in recent days have been for “justice.” I have considerable doubt whether those doing the loudest calling have even a slight interest »

Thoughts on the criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case [Updated by John]

Featured image As John discussed below, the Baltimore State’s Attorney is bringing criminal charges against all six of the Baltimore police officers who were involved in the arrest and handling of Freddie Gray. I have a few observations about this story. First, in the accounts I have have read, the race of the six officers charged — Caesar R. Goodson Jr. (who is charged with second-degree murder), Brian W. Rice, William G. »

Homicide Charges Brought Against Baltimore Police [Updated]

Featured image This morning, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that she is bringing criminal charges against all six of the Baltimore police officers who were involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. Ms. Mosby said that her office has been conducting its own investigation since the day after Gray’s death, and both her decision and the timing of her announcement are independent of any other agency. Mosby is charging one of »

The Tito Fuentes theory of criminal justice

Featured image Tito Fuentes played second-base for the San Francisco Giants during the 1960s and early 1970s. Once, after being hit in the head by a pitch, Fuentes reportedly said: “They shouldn’t throw at me. I’m the father of five or six kids.” I thought of Tito when I heard President Obama and others theorize that the criminal justice system — long prison sentences and/or “over-criminalization” — is partially to blame for »

Hillary Leads From Way, Way Behind

Featured image With regard to the Baltimore riots, Hillary Clinton followed her usual pattern, staying safely out of sight while calculating her political advantage, and then weighing in. She wrote a little-noted article for the Brennan Center on Monday, which consisted mostly of the platitudes for which she gets paid something like $5,000 a minute (“What would Robert Kennedy think if he could see us today?”). But a few additional observations are »

Obama unwilling to let a serious riot go to waste

Featured image President Obama called on Americans “to do some soul searching” in the aftermath of the rioting that occurred in Baltimore on Monday. Obama offered a perfunctory condemnation of the rioters, but then, as the Washington Post reports, criticized “Americans, including the news media and some politicians, for failing to address the chronic problems of men, women and children who live in poverty and find their opportunities limited because of poor »

Beyond Obama’s babble

Featured image Forget the Electric Company’s Fargo North, Decoder. Attend to Michele Malkin, decoder. Michelle expertly decodes and debunks the “bilious babble” that President Obama has entered on the record to comment on the events of the past few days in Baltimore. Obama works a partisan vein as he continues to degrade public discourse on domestic matters with a racial angle (whole thing here). For those wishing to understand what we have »

Riots Drive Orioles Out of Baltimore

Featured image The Baltimore Orioles’ games Monday night and tonight were canceled because of riots near Camden Yards. Now, in one of the strangest announcements ever, the Orioles and Major League Baseball say that tomorrow night’s game will be moved to the afternoon and “closed to the public.” The game will be played without spectators; will it be televised? I don’t know. But it is hard to imagine anything much stranger. Following »

Baltimore’s delicate balance

Featured image On Saturday night Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake explained her measured approach to the incipient destruction taking place on the streets of the city (video below). She “made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech.” “It’s a very delicate balancing act,” she continued. “Because while »

Rioting intensifies in Baltimore; liberal narratives among the casualties

Featured image In presenting the Justice Department’s negative findings about the Ferguson police department, Eric Holder characterized the violent and lawless response of Ferguson residents to the justified shooting of Michael Brown as an unsurprising reaction to the “highly toxic environment” created by the Ferguson police over the years. But in Baltimore — the un-Ferguson, where the mayor and police chief are Black, and Whites are a minority within the police department »

The Baltimore protests — are they really about the police?

Featured image I’ve always had a soft spot for Baltimore. For one thing, its residents struck me as harder working, less surly, and, of course, less full of themselves than their counterparts in nearby Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the 2008 recession hit Baltimore very hard. That, at least, was my impression when, in 2011, I began going there regularly once again for work. The city looked badly run down and its residents seemed »

Rand Paul backpedals, but the embarrassment continues

Featured image Yesterday, in announcing his run for the presidency, Rand Paul demonstrated his unfitness for the office by calling for the repeal of any law that “disproportionately incarcerates people of color.” In effect, as John and I pointed out, Paul thereby called for the repeal of virtually every criminal law. Paul’s team has now “clarified” his statement. The campaign told Byron York that the Senator’s words were misunderstood: “Sen. Paul was »

Document theft and destruction nothing new for Hillary Clinton

Featured image Those who say that Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is the 1990s all over again may not know how right they are. We’re not just witnessing a replay of Hillary’s “rules don’t apply to me,” hunker down mentality. We’re witnessing a replay of document expropriation and destruction by Ms. Clinton. This time, the documents in question are records, in the form of emails, that document her conduct as Secretary of State. »

Ferguson shooter was a protester

Featured image St. Louis County officials say they have arrested a 20-year-old Missouri man in connection with the shooting of two local police officers. Jeffrey Williams reportedly has admitted to the shooting. He claims, however, that he did not intend to shoot the police officers. Rather, he fired the shots in connection with a dispute with another individual, but missed his target and struck the officers instead. Anything is possible. Contrary to »

A Funeral In Wisconsin

Featured image I wrote here about the sad case of Tony Robinson, who, apparently on drugs or otherwise impaired, jumped in front of cars on the street outside his apartment, attacked two people inside the building, and, when a police officer responded to calls for help, assaulted the officer, who shot him. Robinson’s funeral was today. The Associated Press reports: Friends and family remembered a 19-year-old biracial Wisconsin man fatally shot by »

Did Hillary Clinton improperly share classified information? [UPDATED]

Featured image During her press conference earlier this week, Hillary Clinton said she had “her counsel” review the 60,000 or so pages of email that were on the private server she used as Secretary of State. Several times, she referred to her counsel as “they.” Thus, more than one lawyer reviewed her email trove. Presumably, the work was done by a team. Did the reviewing lawyers have security clearance? It seems unlikely. »