Former Baltimore Police Officer Jay Stalien
The Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped remaining prosecution in the Freddie Gray case that had roiled Baltimore with rioting and violence, “Prosecutors conclude Freddie Gray case with zero convictions against officers.”
Prosecutors dropped all charges Wednesday against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, bringing to an end one of the highest-profile criminal cases in the city’s history with zero convictions.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby acknowledged the long odds of securing convictions in the remaining cases following the acquittals of three other officers on similar though more serious charges.
In a hearing Wednesday meant to start the trial of Officer Garrett Miller, prosecutors dropped their cases against him, Officer William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White. Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who had acquitted the other officers, was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well.
After the most recent acquittal and “a great deal of thought and prayer,” Mosby said, she resolved to drop the remaining charges. Mosby stood by her decision to bring the charges, pointing out that the medical examiner’s office ruled Gray’s death a homicide and that it’s her job as the city’s top prosecutor to seek justice.
We turned to former Baltimore police officer, Jay Stalien, who we interviewed on The Lisa Benson Show , July 17, 2016, following the Dallas and Baton Rouge massacres of local law enforcement officers. Officer Stalien is now a member of a Palm Beach County, Florida police force. Below are his comments.
“No Justice, No Peace”
By Jay Stalien, Former Baltimore Police Officer
It feels like it was just yesterday. There must have been nowhere to hide. Store owners who worked hard their entire lives to grow their businesses, abandoned their stores and dreams. Home owners who lived in the same house for years, abandoned their beloved residences, along with the memories built there. Building after building was set ablaze. Vehicle after vehicle, destroyed. Smoke filled the streets as innocent people escaped from downtown. Smoke filled the sky,…terror filled the streets.
I prayed to God that I could teleport there somehow, and help protect the city from them. However my prayers were unanswered. I watched helplessly on TV as some of the people who I have come to call close friends, were violently and viciously attacked. I could not believe what I was seeing. I could not believe what was happening. I could not believe this was Baltimore.
Google, “define Justice”. Dictionary.com-definition # 5, noun:
“The administering of deserved punishment or reward”
The violent mobs who terrorized the city wanted “Justice”. They must have felt the City deserved to be destroyed. Marilyn Mosby, the States Attorney for Baltimore City, also wanted “Justice”. She must have felt that the reward to the mobs, would be the tarnishing of six reputations. The defamation of six honorable characters, the prosecution of six hard working law enforcement officers, and the destruction of six innocent lives.
“No Justice, No peace” is exactly what Marilyn Mosby, and the violent mob she represented accomplished. They failed because their perception of Justice was corrupt, and therefore impossible for Mosby to deliver. I can type all the reasons why I know this to be fact, but what is the point. People will counter with endless opinions and baseless statements. Some will even assert that I do not even exist, because after all, an African American from Brooklyn, who just so happens to be a cop would never say things like this, right?
In that case,….I will leave you with the words of someone who actually existed. During his Nobel lecture on December 11th, 1964 he fully highlights why Marilyn Mosby & her Mob’s perception of Justice was corrupt, and why they ultimately failed:
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.