[Marxism] The murder of Freddie Gray

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 06:05:46 MDT 2015

A young man is dead in Baltimore, killed by six murdering cops. In the same
week, a murdering cop goes free in Chicago when a prosecutor and a judge
tie up his trial in the knots of a legal technicality. Different cities,
different parts of the “justice system,” but part of the same big picture.

With his hands cuffed behind his back, with his legs in shackles, Freddie
Gray was thrown into the back of a Baltimore police van, no seatbelt,
nothing to secure him in place, and then ridden around for 42 minutes, over
bumpy roads, around sharp fast turns, punctuated by sudden reversals and
stops, tossing him around the back of the van, bouncing him off its walls,
unable to protect or brace himself with his feet or his hands. It’s what
Baltimore cops call a “rough ride,” and what Philadelphia cops call a
“nickel ride.”

By the end of that murderous ride, Freddie Gray was for all practical
purposes. . .

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