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Mary F. Goodson (c. 1940-2012)

One of the odder aspects of the Baltimore brouhaha is that there has been strikingly little media concentration on the races of the police officers involved with Freddie Gray. We are just supposed to assume that Gray’s death was the fault of Straight White Males.

Even though Baltimore’s Police Department is 43% black, and has a black leader, and Baltimore has a black mayor and Baltimore has a black State’s Attorney, the narrative wants us to assume it was the work of the SWM Menace, so why raise any doubts?

Breaking news from today’s New York Times:

6 Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death

By ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA MAY 1, 2015

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged six police officers on Friday with a range of crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray, a striking and surprisingly swift turn in a case that has drawn national attention to police conduct.

The state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby, filed the charges almost as soon as she received a medical examiner’s report that ruled Mr. Gray’s death a homicide, and a day after the police concluded its initial investigation and handed over their findings. …

All six officers were arrested and were being arraigned, a public safety department spokesman said. … Ms. Mosby said that Mr. Gray suffered a spinal injury on April 12 while being transported in a police van — and not earlier, while being arrested — and pointed to the failure of the police to put a seatbelt on him as a crucial factor. “Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside the B.P.D. wagon,” she said, referring to the police van.

Despite repeated stops to check on Mr. Gray, the van driver, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., and other officers never belted him in, she said, at times leaving him facedown on the van floor with his hands behind him. Though there has been speculation that the police intentionally gave Mr. Gray a “rough ride,” intended to slam him against the metal walls of the van, Ms. Mosby did not refer to that possibility. She charged only Officer Goodson with second-degree murder, the most serious crime facing the six officers; he was also accused of manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

So, what race is Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.? I haven’t found any pictures of Caesar Goodson Jr., but a commenter pointed me to this: here is the 2012 obituary in the Baltimore Sun of the ex-wife of Caesar Goodson Sr. and mother of Caesar Goodson Jr.:

Mary F. Goodson, government worker

August 17, 2012 | By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mary F. Goodson, a retired government worker and longtime member of Fulton Baptist Church, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at Northwest Hospital. She was 72.

The daughter of a police officer and a homemaker, Mary Frances Stanton was born and raised in Dillwyn, Va., where she graduated from high school. Mrs. Goodson came to Baltimore after high school and went to work in 1967 for the federal government. She held administrative positions with the Food and Drug Administration and retired in 2007 from the Department of Health and Human Services in Rockville. …

Surviving are two sons, Caesar Goodson Jr. … and Antoine L. Goodson … Her marriage to Caesar Goodson Sr. ended in divorce.

So, the official charges in Baltimore are of yet another black-on-black murder.

 
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  1. No perp walks for the officers?

  2. Mr. Sailer, you know the race of the police officers does not matter. The race of the state attorney general and the mayor doesn’t matter either. What matters is the “white power structure.”

    “Racism” trumps everything.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Twinkie

    The race of the decedent sure matters, though. If that had happened to me, while I was walking through West Baltimore, five or six years ago, I do not think that the locals would have protested, let alone rioted-- and I was not even a heroin dealer!

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Truth

    , @Truth
    @Twinkie


    What matters is the “white power structure.
     
    No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine.

    Replies: @Anonym, @Wilkey

  3. The other cop in the van had the last name Nero.

    Nero, Caesar did all this.

  4. From the comments section of a WaPo article:

    “Summary for those who care:

    Ofc. Caesar Goodson is black.
    Ofc. Edward Nero is white.
    Lt. Brian Rice is white.
    Sgt. Alicia White is black.
    Ofc. Garret Miller is white.
    Ofc. William Porter is black.

    Looks like the picture of diversity.”

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    @P

    I just knew Alicia D. Williams was black; 31 y.o. female police sergeant just has to be.

    Okay, I will admit I am wrong if it turns out some day I am wrong. But google image her name and see what comes up.

    Now, if it is indeed true that 50% of the officers involved were African American, you can expect to soon see articles discussing how black police officers are held to impossibly high standards .....

    , @Crank
    @P

    Looks like ebony and ivory working together in perfect harmony.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @a Newsreader

  5. @Twinkie
    Mr. Sailer, you know the race of the police officers does not matter. The race of the state attorney general and the mayor doesn't matter either. What matters is the "white power structure."

    "Racism" trumps everything.

    Replies: @D. K., @Truth

    The race of the decedent sure matters, though. If that had happened to me, while I was walking through West Baltimore, five or six years ago, I do not think that the locals would have protested, let alone rioted– and I was not even a heroin dealer!

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @D. K.


    The race of the decedent sure matters, though.
     
    It seems that's what's most important.

    I bet you never heard of the death of John Geer. It was only covered by local news: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-unaccountable-death-of-john-geer/2014/09/05/29d36d96-339a-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html

    And: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/fairfax-pays-295-million-to-settle-suit-in-john-geer-police-killing/2015/04/21/5fe3d818-e834-11e4-9767-6276fc9b0ada_story.html

    The officer who shot him was one "Adam T. Torres." I suppose when a "white Hispanic" shoots a white guy, it's not supposed to be national news.

    , @Truth
    @D. K.


    I do not think that the locals would have protested, let alone rioted– and I was not even a heroin dealer!
     
    Are you sure about that?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9rio-mhurQ

    You are conflating the 95% discount shoppers/ energetic young men, with the 5% protestors"

    Replies: @D. K.

  6. alrightythen, so I saw somewhere that Freddie the poster child might have just gotten out of some spinal surgery. That just a manufactured false flag or something that withstands scrutiny? Who’s that guy who chased all the dirt on McCain? We need that guy to pull on this thread.

  7. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Other people have been injured in paddy wagons. They make a sharp turn and the handcuffed prisoner gets thrown around. I believe one person in Chicago received a broken neck many years ago. Kind of hard to prove it’s deliberate even if it’s suspected the cops made the ride rough on purpose.

  8. 938205

    I meant to write:

    No jury will vote unanimously to convict any of those police officers of even one charge in this case. At least one juror will insist that the death was accidental.

  9. Charles C Johnson alleges on Twitter GoFundMe won’t support an appeal for Goodson–in which he’s listed as “African American.”

  10. No worries. NYT can just call him a “White Negro” and no one’ll be the wiser. He’ll discharge the duties of the first virgin into the volcano to sate the fury of the goddess Black Baltimora.

  11. The race of the police officer was “announced” when it wasn’t announced. As soon as it was apparent that there was a blackout (couldn’t resist) on the cops’ races it was then apparent what they must be.

  12. @P
    From the comments section of a WaPo article:

    "Summary for those who care:

    Ofc. Caesar Goodson is black.
    Ofc. Edward Nero is white.
    Lt. Brian Rice is white.
    Sgt. Alicia White is black.
    Ofc. Garret Miller is white.
    Ofc. William Porter is black.

    Looks like the picture of diversity."

    Replies: @SPMoore8, @Crank

    I just knew Alicia D. Williams was black; 31 y.o. female police sergeant just has to be.

    Okay, I will admit I am wrong if it turns out some day I am wrong. But google image her name and see what comes up.

    Now, if it is indeed true that 50% of the officers involved were African American, you can expect to soon see articles discussing how black police officers are held to impossibly high standards …..

  13. @P
    From the comments section of a WaPo article:

    "Summary for those who care:

    Ofc. Caesar Goodson is black.
    Ofc. Edward Nero is white.
    Lt. Brian Rice is white.
    Sgt. Alicia White is black.
    Ofc. Garret Miller is white.
    Ofc. William Porter is black.

    Looks like the picture of diversity."

    Replies: @SPMoore8, @Crank

    Looks like ebony and ivory working together in perfect harmony.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Crank

    Okay, I'll steal that.

    , @a Newsreader
    @Crank

    What piece? The Rite of Spring?

    Replies: @Brother John

  14. I’m not a criminal lawyer but from a legal perspective I just can’t imagine how you charge six people with criminal responsibility for one man’s death without also charging a conspiracy. There may be peculiar strategic reasons for this but otherwise we’d have to conclude that the facts support the notion that six people independently took action to seriously injure the decedent without having agreed to do so. This seems awfully far-fetched.

    From viewing the State’s Attorney’s press conference I’m getting the suspicion that at 35 (no more than 10 years in practice) she’s likely not they lawyer she ought to be to properly discharge the duties of her office, and that she’s surrounded herself in the office with political cronies of dubious legal talent. I’ve met more than a handful of black lady lawyers who are full of piss and vinegar but unaware of their own lack of competence. I fear that this is the case and that the six officers will stand trial for their liberty (and what amounts to a potential life sentence for Mr. Goodson) at the mercy of a politically compromised incompetent with a stacked jury.

    • Replies: @unit472
    @Alec Leamas

    Here is Mosby's husband, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby speaking to a reporter from Fox News. From his comments he is typical of many black political leaders. Full of tossing out jargon phrases like 'social-economic' ( sic) to give a thin patina of intelligence and education but gives the game away when he resorts to the 'you know what I mean' speech pattern he had before junior college. That he is married to the Baltimore States Attorney does not speak highly of her intelligence.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gmu-CaKm9U

    , @EriK
    @Alec Leamas

    I'm not impressed by the State Attorney. How did she get that job with that voice?

    Replies: @Ed

    , @David In TN
    @Alec Leamas

    I've seen Takisha Fitzgerald, a black lady lawyer for the Knox County (TN) District Attorney General's office, in action. She is very, very competent.

    , @Robin Masters
    @Alec Leamas

    I listened to the press conference live this morning as well. It was surreal how she named off each charge. I don't know if this is how it's commonly done or not. She was like sister souljah telling us we are at war!

  15. @Crank
    @P

    Looks like ebony and ivory working together in perfect harmony.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @a Newsreader

    Okay, I’ll steal that.

  16. I know there’s no legal reason Baltimore should have to reveal the racial composition of the officers involved, but it might have tamped down some of the enthusiasm for justice-plundering and laying siege to gentrification row.

  17. @Crank
    @P

    Looks like ebony and ivory working together in perfect harmony.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @a Newsreader

    What piece? The Rite of Spring?

    • Replies: @Brother John
    @a Newsreader

    Good reference. That debut performance resulted in rioting as well, did it not?

  18. As a black person I can accept that these officers acted wrong and may need to be punished. However something is extremely wrong with the black political elite throwing these officers, especially black officers to the wolves. There has to be a better way.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Ed

    The black political elite should only throw white police officers to the wolves?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @anonymous

    , @Kylie
    @Ed


    As a black person I can accept that these officers acted wrong and may need to be punished. However something is extremely wrong with the black political elite throwing these officers, especially black officers to the wolves. There has to be a better way.
     
    Why "especially black officers"?

    Replies: @Truth

    , @Dennis Dale
    @Ed

    There is. It's called due process. Black people and the Left hate it.

  19. I think these black police officers were just keepin’ it real yo. Da perp was obviously a hardcore mutha****a, dey just bin dispensin’ some hood justice on hizazz! Sheeeeiiit.

  20. From the NY Times article:

    A. Dwight Pettit, a lawyer who handles police brutality cases in Baltimore — and worked to help elect Ms. Mosby — said her emphasis on the officers’ lack of probable cause in arresting Mr. Gray was especially significant. Rarely, he said, are police officers prosecuted for making false arrests — and too often, they do not worry about lacking probable cause.

    He called the charges of false imprisonment “something new for police activity, which offends the constitutional rights of citizens.”

    I noticed this too. This probably won’t stick. Neither will the ” vehicular manslaughter” charges filed against Caesar Goodson Jr. I will be interested to see what Alan Dershowitz has to say about this aspect of the case, he usually calls out prosecutors for overcharging. Remember, with all this pre-trial publicity and the threat of another riot, these cases probably won’t be tried by jurors from or in Bal’more County.

  21. I’m afraid it doesn’t matter.
    Black bodies in space are the problem necessitating their other-ization within the white privilege dynamic. Black bodies in uniform, on the other hand, have been de-other-ized and, in effect, returned to their previous status as a kind of property, and turned into aggressors on behalf of the prevailing white privilege paradigm. The uniform of the oppressor can only serve to negate the identity of the oppressed who wears it; further–

    I need to drink less coffee, but don’t step to my cipher, SJWs!

  22. Here is the photos of the officers ( what’s with the 3 day stubble on 4 of the officers? Were they flown to Egypt for interrogation?). Also some interesting analysis from the Conservative Treehouse. Nero btw seems to be an Arab.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/05/01/the-baltimore-six-three-black-three-white-officers-detail-charges-and-bail-information/#more-100258

    • Replies: @P
    @unit472

    Nero neither looks like an Arab nor has an Arabic name. All the white cops are categorized as "white, Caucasian, Asiatic Indian, Arab" in the charges.

  23. Steve, when these examples of “The Narrative” first appear in the headlines, are you ever uneasy that this will be the one with an honest-to-god genuine Great White Defendant/black martyr? Or do you calmly anticipate that cracks will start to appear within a matter of days, and then this will be yet another example that actually makes your case for you, as The Narrative implodes?

    You would think that due to the law of truly large numbers, and with enough tries, the left will eventually manage to pin the tail on the donkey.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Anonym

    You would think that due to the law of truly large numbers, and with enough tries, the left will eventually manage to pin the tail on the donkey.

    They don't seem to care whether their Narrative collapses in the eyes of people like us. Plenty of people still believe Michael Brown was shot in the back while he had his hands up and pleaded, "Don't shoot," and nothing you tell them will change their minds.

    It's not like the PtB have suffered any setbacks due to Narrative collapse, is it?

    Replies: @Anonym

  24. ‘I heard your call for “no justice, no peace,”‘ Mosby said defiantly.
    ‘Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.’

    [from the Daily Mail]
    No pre-trial prejudice there!

    Sidebar: Why is it acceptable to say Paddy wagon?

    • Replies: @Curle
    @Dirk Dagger

    I wonder if Michael Nifong is consulting with the DA on this case?

  25. @D. K.
    @Twinkie

    The race of the decedent sure matters, though. If that had happened to me, while I was walking through West Baltimore, five or six years ago, I do not think that the locals would have protested, let alone rioted-- and I was not even a heroin dealer!

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Truth

    The race of the decedent sure matters, though.

    It seems that’s what’s most important.

    I bet you never heard of the death of John Geer. It was only covered by local news: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-unaccountable-death-of-john-geer/2014/09/05/29d36d96-339a-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html

    And: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/fairfax-pays-295-million-to-settle-suit-in-john-geer-police-killing/2015/04/21/5fe3d818-e834-11e4-9767-6276fc9b0ada_story.html

    The officer who shot him was one “Adam T. Torres.” I suppose when a “white Hispanic” shoots a white guy, it’s not supposed to be national news.

  26. @Alec Leamas
    I'm not a criminal lawyer but from a legal perspective I just can't imagine how you charge six people with criminal responsibility for one man's death without also charging a conspiracy. There may be peculiar strategic reasons for this but otherwise we'd have to conclude that the facts support the notion that six people independently took action to seriously injure the decedent without having agreed to do so. This seems awfully far-fetched.

    From viewing the State's Attorney's press conference I'm getting the suspicion that at 35 (no more than 10 years in practice) she's likely not they lawyer she ought to be to properly discharge the duties of her office, and that she's surrounded herself in the office with political cronies of dubious legal talent. I've met more than a handful of black lady lawyers who are full of piss and vinegar but unaware of their own lack of competence. I fear that this is the case and that the six officers will stand trial for their liberty (and what amounts to a potential life sentence for Mr. Goodson) at the mercy of a politically compromised incompetent with a stacked jury.

    Replies: @unit472, @EriK, @David In TN, @Robin Masters

    Here is Mosby’s husband, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby speaking to a reporter from Fox News. From his comments he is typical of many black political leaders. Full of tossing out jargon phrases like ‘social-economic’ ( sic) to give a thin patina of intelligence and education but gives the game away when he resorts to the ‘you know what I mean’ speech pattern he had before junior college. That he is married to the Baltimore States Attorney does not speak highly of her intelligence.

  27. @Alec Leamas
    I'm not a criminal lawyer but from a legal perspective I just can't imagine how you charge six people with criminal responsibility for one man's death without also charging a conspiracy. There may be peculiar strategic reasons for this but otherwise we'd have to conclude that the facts support the notion that six people independently took action to seriously injure the decedent without having agreed to do so. This seems awfully far-fetched.

    From viewing the State's Attorney's press conference I'm getting the suspicion that at 35 (no more than 10 years in practice) she's likely not they lawyer she ought to be to properly discharge the duties of her office, and that she's surrounded herself in the office with political cronies of dubious legal talent. I've met more than a handful of black lady lawyers who are full of piss and vinegar but unaware of their own lack of competence. I fear that this is the case and that the six officers will stand trial for their liberty (and what amounts to a potential life sentence for Mr. Goodson) at the mercy of a politically compromised incompetent with a stacked jury.

    Replies: @unit472, @EriK, @David In TN, @Robin Masters

    I’m not impressed by the State Attorney. How did she get that job with that voice?

    • Replies: @Ed
    @EriK

    She's an attractive black woman. That alone probably got her 1/4 of her votes. Basically she promised to go after cops, that's music to the ears of a Baltimore electorate.

    Replies: @D. K.

  28. @unit472
    Here is the photos of the officers ( what's with the 3 day stubble on 4 of the officers? Were they flown to Egypt for interrogation?). Also some interesting analysis from the Conservative Treehouse. Nero btw seems to be an Arab.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/05/01/the-baltimore-six-three-black-three-white-officers-detail-charges-and-bail-information/#more-100258

    Replies: @P

    Nero neither looks like an Arab nor has an Arabic name. All the white cops are categorized as “white, Caucasian, Asiatic Indian, Arab” in the charges.

  29. @Alec Leamas
    I'm not a criminal lawyer but from a legal perspective I just can't imagine how you charge six people with criminal responsibility for one man's death without also charging a conspiracy. There may be peculiar strategic reasons for this but otherwise we'd have to conclude that the facts support the notion that six people independently took action to seriously injure the decedent without having agreed to do so. This seems awfully far-fetched.

    From viewing the State's Attorney's press conference I'm getting the suspicion that at 35 (no more than 10 years in practice) she's likely not they lawyer she ought to be to properly discharge the duties of her office, and that she's surrounded herself in the office with political cronies of dubious legal talent. I've met more than a handful of black lady lawyers who are full of piss and vinegar but unaware of their own lack of competence. I fear that this is the case and that the six officers will stand trial for their liberty (and what amounts to a potential life sentence for Mr. Goodson) at the mercy of a politically compromised incompetent with a stacked jury.

    Replies: @unit472, @EriK, @David In TN, @Robin Masters

    I’ve seen Takisha Fitzgerald, a black lady lawyer for the Knox County (TN) District Attorney General’s office, in action. She is very, very competent.

  30. Dunno, Steve, I’m gonna hold out till I see Caesar Goodson himself. With that Mom he could still be a White Hispanic.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @International Jew

    Freddie Gray's former bail bondsman was just on live television, a few minutes ago, and pointed out that he also had sprung the police-van driver, earlier in the day!

  31. So they’re charged with murder or manslaughter for not buckling the guy in? Is he a hardened criminal convicted felon or a four year old?

  32. @Dirk Dagger

    'I heard your call for "no justice, no peace,"' Mosby said defiantly.
    'Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.'

     

    [from the Daily Mail]
    No pre-trial prejudice there!

    Sidebar: Why is it acceptable to say Paddy wagon?
     

    Replies: @Curle

    I wonder if Michael Nifong is consulting with the DA on this case?

  33. @International Jew
    Dunno, Steve, I'm gonna hold out till I see Caesar Goodson himself. With that Mom he could still be a White Hispanic.

    Replies: @D. K.

    Freddie Gray’s former bail bondsman was just on live television, a few minutes ago, and pointed out that he also had sprung the police-van driver, earlier in the day!

  34. @Ed
    As a black person I can accept that these officers acted wrong and may need to be punished. However something is extremely wrong with the black political elite throwing these officers, especially black officers to the wolves. There has to be a better way.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Kylie, @Dennis Dale

    The black political elite should only throw white police officers to the wolves?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Harry Baldwin

    Really... I'm surprised the guys says it so outright.

    , @anonymous
    @Harry Baldwin

    A little window to the black way of thinking opened up there. A person catches glimpses every now and then.

  35. @Anonym
    Steve, when these examples of "The Narrative" first appear in the headlines, are you ever uneasy that this will be the one with an honest-to-god genuine Great White Defendant/black martyr? Or do you calmly anticipate that cracks will start to appear within a matter of days, and then this will be yet another example that actually makes your case for you, as The Narrative implodes?

    You would think that due to the law of truly large numbers, and with enough tries, the left will eventually manage to pin the tail on the donkey.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    You would think that due to the law of truly large numbers, and with enough tries, the left will eventually manage to pin the tail on the donkey.

    They don’t seem to care whether their Narrative collapses in the eyes of people like us. Plenty of people still believe Michael Brown was shot in the back while he had his hands up and pleaded, “Don’t shoot,” and nothing you tell them will change their minds.

    It’s not like the PtB have suffered any setbacks due to Narrative collapse, is it?

    • Replies: @Anonym
    @Harry Baldwin

    As another poster says, have a look at the NYT comments section and reader's picks. What you are seeing is the consensus changing. Comical Ali is getting harder and harder to believe for many people. Including influential people.

    One must remember that the arc of history is written as the tracings of an immense millstone, that creaks and slowly changes direction years before a notable historical event occurs. Did the Berlin Wall fall just because some guards decided not to do their jobs that day, or was it a culmination of the changing Zeitgeist? Surely the latter.

  36. The corporate merger of law enforcement and the media and now every night is like Cops Live with special coverage. Iraq was supposed to become like the U.S. and now Baltimore is like Baghdad with high costs and more debt, so were becoming like Iraq. At least it’s easier to report without the actual travel expenses. Welcome welcome to the USA, we’re partying fools in the autumn of our heyday. We’re running out of everything, we just can’t afford to quit. Lady Liberty will feed you, as long as you’re in a cage.

  37. FWIW says:

    It is a good idea to arrest the officers. Get em charged , out on bail, and out of the media.

    Let ‘justice’ run its course at its usual pace, until a bad patch of winter weather. Hard to believe they are all guilty. The driver, Caesar, has some serious splainin. If someone has to go to jail for this, this is the guy.

    Baltimore city juries are going to vote a big payout on the civil side. But, they will also be juries at a criminal trial. So, the officers are going to get a reasonable shake. They will walk … just because the bar is very high in criminal cases. Anyone cop with a decent lawyer has a good shot at it. Or maybe accept a plea.

    Arrest them. Suspend them with pay. Settle up the civil case. Let Caesar go to trial. In the Winter. The officers will get their justice when they need it.

  38. @Alec Leamas
    I'm not a criminal lawyer but from a legal perspective I just can't imagine how you charge six people with criminal responsibility for one man's death without also charging a conspiracy. There may be peculiar strategic reasons for this but otherwise we'd have to conclude that the facts support the notion that six people independently took action to seriously injure the decedent without having agreed to do so. This seems awfully far-fetched.

    From viewing the State's Attorney's press conference I'm getting the suspicion that at 35 (no more than 10 years in practice) she's likely not they lawyer she ought to be to properly discharge the duties of her office, and that she's surrounded herself in the office with political cronies of dubious legal talent. I've met more than a handful of black lady lawyers who are full of piss and vinegar but unaware of their own lack of competence. I fear that this is the case and that the six officers will stand trial for their liberty (and what amounts to a potential life sentence for Mr. Goodson) at the mercy of a politically compromised incompetent with a stacked jury.

    Replies: @unit472, @EriK, @David In TN, @Robin Masters

    I listened to the press conference live this morning as well. It was surreal how she named off each charge. I don’t know if this is how it’s commonly done or not. She was like sister souljah telling us we are at war!

  39. @Harry Baldwin
    @Anonym

    You would think that due to the law of truly large numbers, and with enough tries, the left will eventually manage to pin the tail on the donkey.

    They don't seem to care whether their Narrative collapses in the eyes of people like us. Plenty of people still believe Michael Brown was shot in the back while he had his hands up and pleaded, "Don't shoot," and nothing you tell them will change their minds.

    It's not like the PtB have suffered any setbacks due to Narrative collapse, is it?

    Replies: @Anonym

    As another poster says, have a look at the NYT comments section and reader’s picks. What you are seeing is the consensus changing. Comical Ali is getting harder and harder to believe for many people. Including influential people.

    One must remember that the arc of history is written as the tracings of an immense millstone, that creaks and slowly changes direction years before a notable historical event occurs. Did the Berlin Wall fall just because some guards decided not to do their jobs that day, or was it a culmination of the changing Zeitgeist? Surely the latter.

  40. “Alec Leamas says:

    I’m not a criminal lawyer but from a legal perspective I just can’t imagine how you charge six people with criminal responsibility for one man’s death without also charging a conspiracy. There may be peculiar strategic reasons for this but otherwise we’d have to conclude that the facts support the notion that six people independently took action to seriously injure the decedent without having agreed to do so. This seems awfully far-fetched.”

    It must have gone down like this:

    Calm Down! Get A Hold of Yourself!

  41. GW says:

    So they’re charged with murder or manslaughter for not buckling the guy in? Is he a hardened criminal convicted felon or a four year old?”

    If he was handcuffed, he wouldn’t have been able to buckle-up himself. I would assume it is the responsibility of arresting and/or transporting officers to make sure that a prisoner is safely secured in the vehicle.

  42. @Harry Baldwin
    @Ed

    The black political elite should only throw white police officers to the wolves?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @anonymous

    Really… I’m surprised the guys says it so outright.

  43. @EriK
    @Alec Leamas

    I'm not impressed by the State Attorney. How did she get that job with that voice?

    Replies: @Ed

    She’s an attractive black woman. That alone probably got her 1/4 of her votes. Basically she promised to go after cops, that’s music to the ears of a Baltimore electorate.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Ed

    Most of the people who actually vote, Ed, actually like the idea that there are policemen around to protect them from the type of people who mostly do not vote. Capisci? As for the prosecutrix, speak for yourself!

  44. @Twinkie
    Mr. Sailer, you know the race of the police officers does not matter. The race of the state attorney general and the mayor doesn't matter either. What matters is the "white power structure."

    "Racism" trumps everything.

    Replies: @D. K., @Truth

    What matters is the “white power structure.

    No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    @Truth

    Well done Truth. 10,000 hours on iSteve and you've learned to hold fire until the Narrative starts falling apart.

    , @Wilkey
    @Truth

    "No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine."

    No, what matters is that half the cops involved were black, the mayor is black, and that Baltimore hasn't had a Republican mayor since the 60s.

    The protests and the rabble rousers encouraging them aren't about police brutality but about a narrative of white conservatives oppressing blacks.

    Replies: @Truth

  45. @D. K.
    @Twinkie

    The race of the decedent sure matters, though. If that had happened to me, while I was walking through West Baltimore, five or six years ago, I do not think that the locals would have protested, let alone rioted-- and I was not even a heroin dealer!

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Truth

    I do not think that the locals would have protested, let alone rioted– and I was not even a heroin dealer!

    Are you sure about that?

    You are conflating the 95% discount shoppers/ energetic young men, with the 5% protestors”

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Truth

    I lived in Baltimore for sixteen months, Zippy, all of it downtown, and a quarter of it just on the other side of South Martin Luther King Boulevard from West Baltimore-- where I would frequently venture, on foot, for shopping and other sundry purposes-- not to include, however, the buying or selling of illicit drugs!

    Yes, I am quite sure that my own death, on the streets of West Baltimore, even at the hands of some homicidal policeman, would not have been a cause for mourning, let alone of protesting and rioting, by the restless natives of the town.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  46. @Truth
    @Twinkie


    What matters is the “white power structure.
     
    No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine.

    Replies: @Anonym, @Wilkey

    Well done Truth. 10,000 hours on iSteve and you’ve learned to hold fire until the Narrative starts falling apart.

  47. I wonder would it have mattered if the race of the cops had been revealed earlier?

  48. @Harry Baldwin
    @Ed

    The black political elite should only throw white police officers to the wolves?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @anonymous

    A little window to the black way of thinking opened up there. A person catches glimpses every now and then.

  49. D. K. says:
    @Truth
    @D. K.


    I do not think that the locals would have protested, let alone rioted– and I was not even a heroin dealer!
     
    Are you sure about that?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9rio-mhurQ

    You are conflating the 95% discount shoppers/ energetic young men, with the 5% protestors"

    Replies: @D. K.

    I lived in Baltimore for sixteen months, Zippy, all of it downtown, and a quarter of it just on the other side of South Martin Luther King Boulevard from West Baltimore– where I would frequently venture, on foot, for shopping and other sundry purposes– not to include, however, the buying or selling of illicit drugs!

    Yes, I am quite sure that my own death, on the streets of West Baltimore, even at the hands of some homicidal policeman, would not have been a cause for mourning, let alone of protesting and rioting, by the restless natives of the town.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @D. K.

    I read yesterday, and I'm not certain of the accuracy...

    'There have been 200+ murders of black men since Freddie's death.'

    Nobody cares...it's madness we are witnessing. America has gone crazy.

    Replies: @D. K.

  50. @Ed
    @EriK

    She's an attractive black woman. That alone probably got her 1/4 of her votes. Basically she promised to go after cops, that's music to the ears of a Baltimore electorate.

    Replies: @D. K.

    Most of the people who actually vote, Ed, actually like the idea that there are policemen around to protect them from the type of people who mostly do not vote. Capisci? As for the prosecutrix, speak for yourself!

  51. @Truth
    @Twinkie


    What matters is the “white power structure.
     
    No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine.

    Replies: @Anonym, @Wilkey

    “No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine.”

    No, what matters is that half the cops involved were black, the mayor is black, and that Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor since the 60s.

    The protests and the rabble rousers encouraging them aren’t about police brutality but about a narrative of white conservatives oppressing blacks.

    • Replies: @Truth
    @Wilkey

    Who's spine did the mayor break?

    Replies: @D. K.

  52. @Wilkey
    @Truth

    "No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine."

    No, what matters is that half the cops involved were black, the mayor is black, and that Baltimore hasn't had a Republican mayor since the 60s.

    The protests and the rabble rousers encouraging them aren't about police brutality but about a narrative of white conservatives oppressing blacks.

    Replies: @Truth

    Who’s spine did the mayor break?

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Truth

    In her chosen profession, she only finds herself among human invertebrates.

  53. Is there a white power structure when there aren’t any whites in the power structure?

  54. @D. K.
    @Truth

    I lived in Baltimore for sixteen months, Zippy, all of it downtown, and a quarter of it just on the other side of South Martin Luther King Boulevard from West Baltimore-- where I would frequently venture, on foot, for shopping and other sundry purposes-- not to include, however, the buying or selling of illicit drugs!

    Yes, I am quite sure that my own death, on the streets of West Baltimore, even at the hands of some homicidal policeman, would not have been a cause for mourning, let alone of protesting and rioting, by the restless natives of the town.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    I read yesterday, and I’m not certain of the accuracy…

    ‘There have been 200+ murders of black men since Freddie’s death.’

    Nobody cares…it’s madness we are witnessing. America has gone crazy.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Anonymous

    That figure sounded grossly inflated-- until I did a bit of ballpark math in my head; now, it seems to me that it is probably a bit outdated!?! Either way, yes, the mass media, and their preferred factions, can easily find what they are looking for, on a weekly, if not daily, basis, in a country with nearly 320 million residents, to create and project whatever false narrative that they wish. The wonder of it is that they fail so spectacularly, so often!?!?!

  55. @Ed
    As a black person I can accept that these officers acted wrong and may need to be punished. However something is extremely wrong with the black political elite throwing these officers, especially black officers to the wolves. There has to be a better way.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Kylie, @Dennis Dale

    As a black person I can accept that these officers acted wrong and may need to be punished. However something is extremely wrong with the black political elite throwing these officers, especially black officers to the wolves. There has to be a better way.

    Why “especially black officers”?

    • Replies: @Truth
    @Kylie

    LOL, that's a good question, Eddie.

  56. @Kylie
    @Ed


    As a black person I can accept that these officers acted wrong and may need to be punished. However something is extremely wrong with the black political elite throwing these officers, especially black officers to the wolves. There has to be a better way.
     
    Why "especially black officers"?

    Replies: @Truth

    LOL, that’s a good question, Eddie.

  57. @Ed
    As a black person I can accept that these officers acted wrong and may need to be punished. However something is extremely wrong with the black political elite throwing these officers, especially black officers to the wolves. There has to be a better way.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Kylie, @Dennis Dale

    There is. It’s called due process. Black people and the Left hate it.

  58. @a Newsreader
    @Crank

    What piece? The Rite of Spring?

    Replies: @Brother John

    Good reference. That debut performance resulted in rioting as well, did it not?

  59. Steve, when these examples of “The Narrative” first appear in the headlines, are you ever uneasy that this will be the one with an honest-to-god genuine Great White Defendant/black martyr? Or do you calmly anticipate that cracks will start to appear within a matter of days, and then this will be yet another example that actually makes your case for you, as The Narrative implodes?

    You would think that due to the law of truly large numbers, and with enough tries, the left will eventually manage to pin the tail on the donkey.

    In a word, no. This political theater depends on the juxtaposition of a system that is thoroughly leftist and the public delusion/leftist Narrative of a system that is thoroughly rightist. The Great White Defendant, in this context, is not simply a bad white apple. It’s a bad white apple that the system ignores or protects. The system doesn’t ignore or protect bad white apples who lack political power, it steamrolls them. A bad white apple being promptly steamrolled by the system doesn’t serve the narrative, it contradicts it.

    What leftists really want is hick white sherriffs abusing innocent blacks. Abusive white sherriffs and abused, innocent blacks are rare enough to begin with. Add the last 50 years of total domination by the leftists and their Narrative, and what leftists really want is almost exclusively the domain of the entertainment business. Leftists have dropped the “innocent” qualifier in their desperate search for grist for their mills, but that doesn’t seem to be enough.

    The left isn’t interested in the Great White Defendants they can go after, because they’re all leftists. The thought of prosecuting Hillary, for example, isn’t blowing their skirts up.

    TL;DR version: they’re trying to relive the sixties, but pretending they didn’t win is a lot easier than getting reality to play along.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    @Svigor

    It makes sense. They do have the odds stacked against them. It's not like they have a lot of time to do due diligence on their investigation, these are things the media must latch on to right away or just happen to latch on to following other media outlets. Black teenager gunned down holding Skittles! Gentle giant gunned down in the street! Black guy's spine severed after ride in police van!

    I suppose it's not really that hard to understand why it all turns to shit time after time.

  60. No, what matters is that a man handcuffed in the back of a van somehow managed to sever his own spine.

    After reformulating Truth’s tendentious statement into something workable – say, “what happened to Freddie Gray?” – does anyone look at the Baltimore city gov’t’s response and come to the conclusion that they give a shit? This whole thing is clearly about them covering their asses.

    Maybe I missed Truth’s comments on the matter, but barring that, he doesn’t seem to give a shit, either.

    I certainly don’t think the left in general, or BGI/black mob in particular, do.

  61. @Anonymous
    @D. K.

    I read yesterday, and I'm not certain of the accuracy...

    'There have been 200+ murders of black men since Freddie's death.'

    Nobody cares...it's madness we are witnessing. America has gone crazy.

    Replies: @D. K.

    That figure sounded grossly inflated– until I did a bit of ballpark math in my head; now, it seems to me that it is probably a bit outdated!?! Either way, yes, the mass media, and their preferred factions, can easily find what they are looking for, on a weekly, if not daily, basis, in a country with nearly 320 million residents, to create and project whatever false narrative that they wish. The wonder of it is that they fail so spectacularly, so often!?!?!

  62. @Truth
    @Wilkey

    Who's spine did the mayor break?

    Replies: @D. K.

    In her chosen profession, she only finds herself among human invertebrates.

  63. @Svigor

    Steve, when these examples of “The Narrative” first appear in the headlines, are you ever uneasy that this will be the one with an honest-to-god genuine Great White Defendant/black martyr? Or do you calmly anticipate that cracks will start to appear within a matter of days, and then this will be yet another example that actually makes your case for you, as The Narrative implodes?

    You would think that due to the law of truly large numbers, and with enough tries, the left will eventually manage to pin the tail on the donkey.
     

    In a word, no. This political theater depends on the juxtaposition of a system that is thoroughly leftist and the public delusion/leftist Narrative of a system that is thoroughly rightist. The Great White Defendant, in this context, is not simply a bad white apple. It's a bad white apple that the system ignores or protects. The system doesn't ignore or protect bad white apples who lack political power, it steamrolls them. A bad white apple being promptly steamrolled by the system doesn't serve the narrative, it contradicts it.

    What leftists really want is hick white sherriffs abusing innocent blacks. Abusive white sherriffs and abused, innocent blacks are rare enough to begin with. Add the last 50 years of total domination by the leftists and their Narrative, and what leftists really want is almost exclusively the domain of the entertainment business. Leftists have dropped the "innocent" qualifier in their desperate search for grist for their mills, but that doesn't seem to be enough.

    The left isn't interested in the Great White Defendants they can go after, because they're all leftists. The thought of prosecuting Hillary, for example, isn't blowing their skirts up.

    TL;DR version: they're trying to relive the sixties, but pretending they didn't win is a lot easier than getting reality to play along.

    Replies: @Anonym

    It makes sense. They do have the odds stacked against them. It’s not like they have a lot of time to do due diligence on their investigation, these are things the media must latch on to right away or just happen to latch on to following other media outlets. Black teenager gunned down holding Skittles! Gentle giant gunned down in the street! Black guy’s spine severed after ride in police van!

    I suppose it’s not really that hard to understand why it all turns to shit time after time.

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