It appears that Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Moseby may have brought charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray just to appease a mob demanding justice. When announcing the charges, Moseby even stated the following, “To the people of Baltimore and demonstrators across America, I heard year calls for ‘No justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work for justice on behalf of this young man.” Why would she have said that if she wasn’t bringing the charges at least in part to calm people in Baltimore and across the country? She’s even charged one officer with second-degree murder despite most criminal justice experts agreeing that there is likely no justification for such a charge.
What she did reminds me of the way Pontius Pilate conceded to the mob that was demanding the crucifixion of Jesus. He knew they could have caused him trouble had he not acquiesced to their demands. While I’m in no way comparing those Baltimore police officers with Jesus, I am comparing Moseby with Pilate. She apparently made a rush to judgment against those police officers in order to get the protesters, who could have cause a lot of trouble for her and a lot more trouble for her city of Baltimore, off her back – at least for a while. By doing so, Moseby facilitated mob rule, which flies in the face of the rule of law. Now how is that any different from what Pilate did?