Saturday, May 2, 2015
Finally, pictures of the six Baltimore police officers
Here are the officers charged in Freddie Gray's death (clockwise, from top left): Caesar Goodson Jr., Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Alicia White, Brian Rice, and William Porter.
When I first read their names a few days ago, I figured Caesar Goodson (who was charged with the most serious crimes) was black just because of his given name, and suspected that Alicia might be as well. (William Porter was a bonus.)
But the media was awfully slow to release their photos.
If the media had made clear a week ago that three of the six officers involved were black, might that not have quelled the severity of the riots? Wouldn't that have been the more responsible thing to do?
Nah. Evidently it was more important to leave people with the vague impression that Gray's death was just one more example of racist white cops hunting for another young black man to kill.
Does that not make the media somewhat complicit in the damage done to Baltimore?