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On May 1st, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, charged six police officers involved in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray with murder and manslaughter. What was surprising was the swiftness of the prosecutor’s move (the decision to prosecute the officers was made as soon as the initial investigation concluded that the death was homicide) as well as the severity of charges. I am glad that the public announcement of these homicide charges against all the six officers happened earlier today, May 1, that is May Day, because I believe that it calmed down the protestors in Baltimore and perhaps other major cities. May Day is traditionally the day when people outside the power systems express themselves politically, sometimes in a violent manner, for instance, as observed in Seattle in 1999. Although nobody (as far as I know) articulated that these charges were made today for social and/or political reason, it is clear that the prosecutor’s decision to file homicide charges placated previously outraged people considerably, bringing a sense of justice to their minds. Though the severity of the charges filed may make some people either uncomfortable or even sympathetic to the people in law enforcement in general (it certainly is a difficult job), it is undeniable that a gross injustice was done when Freddie Gray was arrested only because his eyes met with those of a police officer and subsequently he tried to run away from the officer. Several cases of police officers’ misconduct revealed for the last several months have made average citizens realize that something is rotten in the state of law enforcement in the U.S.A.

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