Quote of the Day: Baltimore 2015 Edition

what ifI’ve been thinking quite a bit about the situation in Baltimore and the very state of our culture. This Facebook status update I came across yesterday is very worthy of repeating here.

I really wish people would stop posting Freddie Gray’s criminal record, as if that makes him deserving of having his spine broken while in police custody, killing him. You can’t claim to be a supporter of constitutional rights, yet care nothing of Freddie Gray’s rights. This brother was no less deserving of his life than any white collar criminal. I don’t support rioting & looting, but I also won’t support those who think his life was worth less than the next person, or that he got what he deserved. He was the victim in this case, and his record is irrelevant… – Talitha McEachin

Agreed. Unless Freddie Gray presented a presented a threat to the lives of the police officers while he was in custody*, the police had no right to use the force they used that ultimately ended his life. Whether he was arrested one time or a thousand has nothing to do with how Gray was treated.

*Of course at this point, we don’t really know what happened while Gray was in custody. This is yet another argument for the notion that each and every moment the police are interacting with a suspect that these interactions should be recorded and made available (eventually) to the public. There’s simply no excuse for this not to be the policy of every police department in 2015.

  • http://www.eyeonamericanews.com Lawrence Lease

    Still, he did have a dirty record, so he wasn’t exactly innocent.

  • Stephen Littau

    Wow. Way to *completely* miss the point.

  • Bill Taylor

    we do KNOW he suffered a fatal injury, we do KNOW they placed him on the ground and put a knee and then foot on the back of his NECK with great force…..we do KNOW where that knee and foot was is also where his injury happened to be…..we do KNOW they denied him life saving medical care repeatedly, we do KNOW they drove him around until he was UNrepsonsive for NO reason…..we do know they got close to the station but then went back much further away.