So, what’s the point?
Curfew continues in Baltimore; arrests made
By Ray Sanchez, Ralph Ellis and Faith Karimi , CNN | Updated 11:10 PM ET, Sat May 2, 2015
Baltimore (CNN) Hundreds of Baltimore residents rallied peacefully Saturday following the arrest a day earlier of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
A smaller number remained in the streets when the city curfew went into effect at 10 p.m., CNN reporters in Baltimore said. Some protesters were arrested a brief time later, CNN’s Nick Valencia said.
Community members had urged the curfew, which has started Tuesday night, be ended.
“For five days now people have been under curfew,” said Jay Morrison of the YMC Community Coalition. “I think we need to put trust in the people. This curfew should be lifted.”
Brandon Scott, a Baltimore City Council member, predicted people would defy the curfew as they have in past nights. Police detained 53 people late Friday, including 15 who violated curfew.
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The six Baltimore police officers (three of whom are black) who were involved in the arrest of the criminal Freddie Gray have been arrested and charged with various crimes, including, in one case, second degree murder, so why are the good citizens of the Charm City still protesting? CNN ran yet another sympathetic story, asking where all of the older black men were, chalking up part of their absence to “long prison sentences,” but long prison sentences are the result of criminals getting caught and convicted of committing crimes. It’s pretty simple: if you don’t break the law, you won’t go to jail.
And the death of Mr Gray can be chalked up to two things: his long criminal history,1 through which he became, as the euphemism goes, “known to the police,” and the fact that with his long rap sheet, he should have already been in jail on the night of the fatal arrest. Had he been in jail, where he belonged, instead of out on the street, he’d almost certainly still be alive today.
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- Freddie Gray’s rap sheet:
- March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
- March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
- January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
- January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
- December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
- December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
- January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
- September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
- April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
- July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
- March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
- February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
- August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
- August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts)