The good folks of Baltimore have lost fellow citizens, at least one police officer, property damage in the million$, lootings, muggings, because this man was arrested and died while in custody. To ensure accuracy - I bring you this rap sheet from our good friends at Snopes.com:
Freddie Gray Rap Sheet
March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts)
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/freddiegray.asp#LEl1C5eAACCYRAO7.99
Does this rap sheet mean that Mr Gray should have died in that police vehicle? Of course not -- but until the investigation is concluded and cause of death determined, blame cannot be accurately placed. But by God, I'll bet the CVS that was burned to the ground had nothing to do with it..... or the man dragged out of the store and stomped in the gutter. Or the hundreds of others who were hurt physically or financially or both!
On the lighter side, even the life-long fans of the Baltimore Orioles are being punished... today's game will be played in the afternoon to a lock-out empty stadium. This weekends games will be played to an mostly empty stadium down in Tampa Florida. Take that- season ticket holders!!
So.... we have a city that has been run by the Democrats since 1967, with a Black Mayor and a Black Police Chief..... and I assume a Black Police Commissioner, all trying to identify somebody at which to point the finger of blame... Rumor has it that Mr Gray had recently had spinal surgery - we'll soon know. Rumor has it that when arrested, the arresting officers gave him a 'rough ride' (handcuffed but not buckled up) --- we'll soon know.
From the looks of his rap sheet, it appears that Mr Gray's criminal career was escalating -- somehow he didn't seem to be learning from his experiences in the Baltimore Court system.
But stop!! Wait!! If there only Democrat Black officials upon which to place the blame, CNN in desperation found a new enemy of the people --- yep, them dastardly veterans returning to Baltimore from 'Bush's" war in the Middle East....
Okay, I paused a minute for you to get the coffee or coke cola out of your nose... I kid you not.... listen to this CNN Anchors comments as she tries to build exactly such a case out of whole cloth. And get the politician to agree with her.