Anticipating the Department of Justice's release of its civil rights investigation, Davis clearly staked out a position as the man who is trying to fix the department's broken relationship with large sectors of the community it serves.I'm on page 90 of DOJ report. I'll finished it before I go to bed and write something about it tomorrow. It's late.
Getting ahead of police reform is no easy task, but it's much easier than getting ahead of all the shooting.
When Mosby dropped all remaining charges in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, she stood on a street in West Baltimore and angrily accused certain police officers of sabotaging the state's case. She went further than that, asserting that police officers have an "inherent bias" when they investigate fellow officers. ... The takeaway from her screed was this: You can't count on cops to investigate cops. "As you can see," she said, "whether investigating, interrogating, testifying, corroborating or even complying with the state, we've all bore witness to an inherent bias that is a direct result of when police police themselves."
Turns out, as Mosby spoke, Cagle was going to trial for shooting a burglary suspect who had already been wounded by two fellow officers. Those two officers testified against Cagle for his use of unnecessary force. That this happened shortly after Mosby's angry declaration was remarkable. Not only did the Cagle jury hear the testimony of two officers, Isiah Smith and Keven Leary, it saw clear evidence — literally, from an interrogation video — of an earnest investigation by the Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.
Mosby knows, sooner or later, she'll be judged by the same standards by which she asked voters to judge Bernstein. While some Baltimoreans will reward her for prosecuting cops, many more, sick of their city being one of the most violent in the country, want to see her get convictions of murderers and rapists. She needs a full partnership with Davis to make that happen.
August 10, 2016
Prequel to the DOJ BPD report
Dan Rodricks in the Sun: