Marty McFly: [Reading the newspaper from 2015] "Within two hours of his arrest, Martin McFly Jr. was tried, convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in the state penitentiary."? Within two hours?
Freddie Gray was a convicted heroin dealer.Doc: The justice system works swiftly in the future now that they've abolished all lawyers. -- Back to the Future II (with the future set in 2015)
Never forget this fact, for he now has an empowerment center named in his honor in 65 percent black Baltimore.
Never, ever forget Mr. Gray had a history of, "injuring himself in law enforcement settings to collect settlements — but were advised by a state prosecutor not to pursue the information, according to defense attorneys for the six officers charged in Gray's arrest and death." [Defense says prosecutor steered police away from evidence Freddie Gray had history of 'crash for cash' schemes, Baltimore Sun, August 6, 2015]
But Mr. Gray is still the hero, even though violence is rising in Baltimore and those being exposed to the violence refuse to turn in those committing the violence (no snitch, right?).
But Mr. Gray is still the hero, with police afraid to their job in Baltimore and no longer engaging "proactive policing."
But Mr. Gray is still the hero. [Syllabus for law school's Freddie Gray course says unrest 'almost certainly not over', Baltimore Sun, August 12, 2015]:
A new course at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law titled "Freddie Gray's Baltimore: Past, Present, and Moving Forward" aims a wide lens at the 25-year-old man's death and the "serious recent disturbances" that followed — which it says are "almost certainly not over" and require deep analysis.
"The course is not viewed by its organizers as an end in itself," reads the course overview, provided Wednesday by Professor Michael Greenberger. "Rather, it is intended to be a springboard for further and deeper academic teaching and writing efforts, clinical work, and student and faculty involvement in citizen and government efforts to reform law and policy in the subject matter areas" of "policing; criminal justice; housing; health care; education; poverty; and community development and joblessness."
Gray was arrested in April and suffered a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. His death from the injury sparked demonstrations against police brutality across Baltimore. On the day of his funeral, rioting, looting and arson broke out.
"These events, which are almost certainly not over, have highlighted and/or uncovered serious on-going social and financial dislocations within the City," the syllabus reads. Six Baltimore Police officers have been criminally charged in Gray's arrest and death; all have pleaded not guilty.
The legal process leading to their trials is still in its early stages. Greenberger, the course administrator, will be joined in teaching or planning the eight-week course by 12 other professors at the law school.
The syllabus also lists Sherilynn Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as another "tentative" organizer and teacher, of a class on the causes and implications of housing segregation. The coursework will also be "supplemented by other academics, experts, and officeholders," though the syllabus does not identify those people.I'm becoming increasingly convinced those who build the future will look at the story of Freddie Gray - and the black elected officials in Baltimore who admitted "we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well" (and then appeared on camera with black gang leaders while Baltimore still burned and willingly left police to fend for themselves without backup while forcing them to stand down under the onslaught of the black uprising) - as the moment in time the experiment in democracy finally ended.
Because Mr. Gray was considered the hero...