By Lars Larson
Baltimore has a bigoted, racist, out of control police force. That’s the bottom line allegation of a new DOJ report on the city that saw riots and arson after the death in police custody of Freddie Gray.
Six cops were charged with serious crimes in Gray’s death, but prosecutors dropped all charges after three acquittals and a hung jury.
Politicians and Black Lives Matter usually respond to such charges by demanding more diversity in the ranks and the leadership. The Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings Blake, is black. More than half the city council is black. Baltimore police commissioner, Anthony Batts, is a black man. Four of the department’s six top commanders are people of color as are more than half of its 3,000 uniformed officers. It doesn’t sound like more diversity is going to change anything. And that’s a lesson for the more than 20 American police departments operating under DOJ decrees, including Seattle and Portland.
Skin color isn’t the problem. The problem is people who break the law, whether citizens or cops.