The Freddie Gray case? To this point, yes. But here's what happened next:
A responsible, ethical prosecutor made a promise to "follow the evidence wherever it leads." He took his time, using the powerful tools that prosecutors have at their disposal to find the truth.
Two months later, the accusations of criminal conduct turned on their head: the accused was proved innocent, and the accusers indicted instead.
Now I don't perceive Texas to be a beacon of enlightenment when it comes to criminal justice. Its citizens can openly carry guns with the backing of strong right-to-use-force laws. It executes more prisoners than any other state.
But Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, a Republican, refused to bow to political and social pressure when pro-life, self-styled "investigators" accused Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of selling fetal tissue for profit. Instead, Anderson launched a two-month investigation, using a Grand Jury, and not only cleared Planned Parenthood, but indicted its accusers.
State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, his Baltimore counterpart, took a mere two weeks to investigate the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, ignoring all the standard investigative tools at her disposal. Instead of "following the evidence wherever it leads" she predetermined the result, abandoning her prosecutorial ethics for politics, ideology, and career. As a result, six Baltimore police officers innocent of any crime are being dragged through costly trials, and the city's top prosecutors, instead of leading the city through a crime spike sparked in large part by their own actions, are trying to salvage their cases "by any and all means necessary." (Mosby's own words while investigating the Gray case.)
Mosby's in good company with the political leaders at the Texas state level, who plan to continue their own investigations of Planned Parenthood because the original accusations fit their pro-life ideology. The editors of our own Baltimore Sun won't throw in the towel, either. Today, in an editorial condemning the twitter comments of a city police officer, they wrote:
They refuse to concede that Mosby's evidence does not reveal criminal activity after their long crusade for criminal trials, and still claim that at the very least both the arrest (!) and the death of Gray prove that Baltimore police are, at best, "entirely unsympathetic" to citizens. They ignore anything that contradicts this narrative, including the evidence that police van driver Caesar Goodson asked Officer William Porter to check on Gray, who not only did check but helped him off the van floor.
But it's a lost cause when it comes to ideologues, whether they come from the right or the left. Thank goodness for prosecutors like Devon Anderson, who give me hope that ethics, objectivity and professionalism live somewhere, if not in Baltimore.