" The Baltimore State's Attorney today announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. I have a number of thoughts.
The first is reflected in the title of this entry: Will the mob tolerate an acquittal? The calls in recent days have been for "justice." I have considerable doubt whether those doing the loudest calling have even a slight interest in justice. I think they want to see policemen and policewomen punished simply because of who they are. If that is true, then the riots we have seen up to now will pale in comparison to the ones we'll see in the event of an acquittal.
This is what we need to face: The evidence will not make any difference to those most inflamed (and I use that word advisedly) about this case. We've all seen this before -- most recently with Darren Wilson in Ferguson and the fraternity falsely accused of hosting gang rape at the University of Virginia.
The facts are not the point. The narrative is the point."
[Crime and Consequences]