Baltimore's State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby filed charges yesterday against six city police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who died following injuries suffered in police custody. And with the filing of the charges against the law enforcement personnel, State Prosecutor Mosby, 35, gained a nod of satisfaction from the family of Freddie Gray and an acceptance from the Baltimore community that justice can be done and served equally to all.
Thus, with the fair exercise of her job as State Prosecutor, Ms. Mosby has started the process of returning eroded trust in the judicial system to communities stretching from Baltimore, Maryland; to Staten Island, New York; to Ferguson, Missouri; to Cleveland, Ohio; to Madison, Wisconsin; and elsewhere across America.
Now that the Baltimore jurisdiction has made police officers accountable for their unequal treatment toward minority suspects, the city has in essence set the model for other cities and towns to follow in ensuring equal protection and treatment of all the people.
But the full healing from unequal protection is not complete. And it will only become complete once other jurisdictions across America move to review their departments to ensure equal justice and protection under the law. Hence, body cameras, social and communications training, along with the eradication of racists officers from the ranks of law enforcement, all become imperative toward a national healing and rebuilding of faith between communities and police.