May 4, 201501:15 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Mob justice at work in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Madison
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After one day of reflection, Baltimore’s district attorney declared she had heard the “voices” of the looters and protestors. She will prosecute –– on a variety of felonies –– the six police officers who arrested the late Freddie Gray.
Some politically incorrect thoughts:
- Is this mob justice? Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told Neil Cavuto at Fox News, “This neophyte prosecutor stood up there and made a political statement. [She] … said, ‘I hear the voices.’ She’s not supposed to hear anything as she reviews this case that is not consistent with the rule of law and our system of justice. …” Clarke likened it to the prosecution of the Duke University lacrosse players, a bogus crime that resulted in the disbarment of the prosecutor. “It’s a miscarriage of justice.”
- If the police are found guilty, will that solve Baltimore’s problems? No more urgent necessity to burn down the drug store and steal the Stoli? The aggrieved community can now elect an African American as mayor, police commissioner, district attorney? They already what? Oh. …
- If the police did intentionally give Freddie Gray a “rough ride” in the paddy wagon, was that action more a symptom than a cause? The result of frustration with the lawless urban dystopia overwhelming them?
- If one day is a rush to judgment, is six weeks dilatory? That’s where we’re at with Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne. The state Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the shooting death of biracial Tony T. Robinson by a white police officer. Its independent investigatory report has been sitting on Ozanne’s desk since March 26. It says here that the man has already made his decision but is afraid of the mob’s reaction. After all, the local Al Sharpton affinity group, experts at false outrage, have already declared the police officer guilty as not charged. But that is why, Mr. Ozanne, you are paid the big bucks. You are on the clock.
You decide: Should they have First Amendment rights?
Speaking of mob justice, don’t forget the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The state’s largest purveyor of news continues its assault on political speech. Again it provides cover to District Attorney John Chisholm and his pre-dawn raids on the homes of private citizens. After all, Chisholm has been feeding the Journal Sentinel tasty news leaks in his supposedly secret John Doe investigation. How else was a Journal Sentinel reporter able to be Johnny-on-the-spot at the supposedly secret early morning raid on Cindy Archer’s home on Madison’s isthmus?
When Gov. Walker called out Chisholm, the DA threatened –– what else –– legal action against the governor for “defamation.” You go to jail for criticizing an elected public official? You do if you dare criticize John Chisholm.
So the Journal Sentinel wants the world to see the fruits of Chisholm’s depredations. “This ‘secret’ investigation is anything but secret at this point. The public would be better served with more information so that citizens can make up their own minds about who did what and whether any of those actions were illegal.” Read the full article.
Now, the contents of the computers and cell phones confiscated from private citizens in pre-dawn raids on their homes must be opened up for public enjoyment. As if a citizen's constitutional rights are subject to a Gallup public opinion poll. And the investigation is not secret because the Journal Sentinel reported it (your circular reasoning, no extra charge) because the newspaper was favored with selective leaks from prosecutors in this supposedly secret investigation. It’s like Sirhan Sirhan telling the parole board Bobby Kennedy would want him freed, if Kennedy had only survived the inmate’s fatal shot.