Mark my words, we are witnessing the beginning of the end for law and order in these United States. Smaller versions of what is happening in Maryland are happening with growing frequency throughout the country.
A prosecutor’s job is to champion justice.
Allowing even the appearance that a decision to prosecute was rushed or made under political motivations or mob threat is to substantially risk a miscarriage of justice on one side or the other. The speed with which those six officers were placed under prosecution is highly unprecedented (regardless of whether they are actually guilty or innocent).
There will be horrific consequences regardless of the final verdict now that expectations have been raised so abruptly.
If those six officers are found not guilty, you will have rioting and looting that will eclipse Watts, the Rodney King riots, Ferguson, and Baltimore.
If they are found guilty you will see celebrations in the streets that will degenerate into the same rioting and looting.
In the meantime good cops are going to leave the profession in a mass exodus, especially in the poverty stricken areas where people that depend upon them most live.
I pray for the good cops out there and have total empathy for those who are watching current events and making the tough decision to leave the profession for the sake of their own loved ones.
To those in the law enforcement community who daily uphold the Constitution and protect our individual liberties from criminals I say: The risk and sacrifice you men and women already accepted as routine was enough. There is no need to stay the course when the majority of the people you have pledged your lives for stand silent while mobs and rabble rousing politicians repay your service with anger and hatred.
To those who rush to judgement and broad-brush the entire law enforcement community as villains when you think you’ve spotted a couple of bad cops: You think there’s a lot of bad cops out there now? Once this is over the overwhelming majority of cops left will be bad cops.
Welcome to the new world. Today when seconds count the cops are only minutes away. In the near future you’ll be hoping the cops don’t show up at all, because you will have made what you think you have today a reality.
Stock up on guns and ammo and fortify your doors and gates. It’s going to look a lot like the law enforcement culture in the Republic of Mexico, and only the very wealthy and very corrupt will be able to afford police protection.