Gene Ryan, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, is angry about the effect overzealous prosecution has had on Baltimore police. The union released a statement on Thursday, shedding light on what has happened to Baltimore law enforcement officers following the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent arrests.
“The criminals are taking advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest,” said Ryan. “Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty.”
State Attorney Marilyn Mosby responded to the criticism in veiled terms in a later statement. “I refuse to litigate this case through the media,” she said. “We want to ensure we are able to conduct a fair and impartial process for all parties involved.”
But critics say that there is nothing fair or impartial about what has happened in this case. Many say that the six officers who arrested Gray should not have been indicted. They claim that Mosby rushed to prosecute this case to avoid further unrest in the city. If that’s the case, she may have made the situation worse. The murder rate in the city is going through the roof; some have speculated that Baltimore police are curbing their duties, fearful that they might find themselves being prosecuted for doing their jobs.
Of course, this is exactly the scenario that unfolds when you make criminals out of the police. The community loses trust in the cops. Not because of what has happened, but because of what the media makes it seem is happening. Suddenly, you have black men thinking that the cops are out to get them. Even in a place like Baltimore, where the police and other city officials accurately represent the race of the community.
Are there bad cops? Of course. But what we have now is an overcorrection, and it is going to make crime rates skyrocket across the country. Cops will refuse to put themselves in jeopardy, knowing that criminals have the upper hand. After a while, it may even affect who wants to become a cop in the first place. It takes a special breed to put on the badge. Once we make it clear that, in a violent situation, you will not be given the benefit of the doubt, we could see a great reduction in the number of promising candidates who hit the academy. Then we’ll be left with cops that would not have been able to join the force ten years ago. How will that improve police work in the U.S.?
Liberals are selling black Americans a terrible lie, and the consequences may be devastating.