Freddie Gray Case: Media Again Keeping Us Half-Informed

baltimoreriotap_ap-photo1501-640x46So, Baltimore has exploded into race riots over the death of another black man, Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after an (another) apparently violent confrontation with police officers.  I have yet to read a clear media report which spells out exactly what started the incident, or how and why the police were even near Mr. Gray in the first place, and why he was arrested. has a report (photo above: AP via, which says in part:

WASHINGTON – Baltimore was under siege Saturday following a march by thousands on City Hall to protest the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died from injuries while in police custody.

Some protesters broke off from the main march, breaking police lines and trashing businesses, cars, throwing cans, bottles and trash at cops, baseball fans trying to get to the Camden Yards game between the Orioles and the Red Sox, restaurants and storefronts.

At least three people were taken into custody and there were at least two injuries.

A group of some 100 protesters broke out a window of a department store with a chair they looted from a nearby restaurant, according to eyewitnesses. No police responded. The same group was seen breaking windows of bars and restaurants, including a Subway sandwich shop near Camden Yards, tossing chairs and tables through the glass.

At least two bystanders – a man and woman – were observed bleeding from the head. Some people were struck by beer cans, bottles and trash cans…

Okay.  I get it.  There was lots of mob violence, replete with injuries, and the report gives us some pretty detailed descriptions of that.  Now, tell me what happened.  How did this thing begin?  Skipping on down the page:

Gray was arrested April 12 after he made eye contact with officers and ran away, police said. Officers held him down, handcuffed him and loaded him into a police van. While inside, he became irate and leg cuffs were put on him, police have said. Gray was not buckled with a seat belt, a violation of the police department’s policy. The case is still under investigation by the department. Six officers involved have been suspended with pay during the probe.

I’m sorry, folks, but making eye contact with a police officer and running away is not a crime.  Every properly trained Baltimore Police Officer knows what constitutes probable cause for an arrest.  Someone running away from a cop is not enough to justify an arrest, without some other accompanying circumstances.

Something else happened and the media either haven’t read all of the police reports prior to piling on against the cops, or they have read them and they’re covering up the truth by not reporting everything to us.  Our press corps is now quite famous for hiding things from us, or obfuscating facts to promote the political left’s agenda.

I just want to know the truth.

If this story runs true to form, we will not find out what really started all of this until the post-mortem drama reaches critical mass and the entire nation is again churned up into a frothing hatred of the police.  And the facts, whatever they are, may once again be given to us piecemeal, just a little at a time – as the growing flames of racial hatred are cleverly fanned by the press corps and the Obama Administration.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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