On days in which yet another police officer or vigilante is acquitted for killing another black man, woman or child, I am reminded of the sage words of the late James Baldwin:
To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
As a black lawyer who doubles as a social activist, I often find myself at the pinnacle of rage in these situations because my thirst for justice is often balanced by my understanding of the law and how very easy it is for law enforcement officers to walk free fromspace“> charges of official wrongdoing.
As such, count me among those not surprised that Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitted Officer Edward M. Nero. Last year, when Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six officers for offenses ranging from second degree murder to official misconduct, famed Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of the OJ Simpson “Dream Team” back in the 90s, called the charging decision “a very sad day for justice.”
Dershowitz added that “(prosecutors) overplayed their hand, it’s unlikely they’ll get any convictions in this case…and will just postpone the riots for months ahead.”