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:
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.:
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.