During the Baltimore demonstrations over the death of Freddie Gray, a bail bondsman on Sean Hannity’s show said the war on drugs has reached too far and has become harmful and self-defeating. He said that the last time Freddie Gray was arrested the police had seen him selling drugs on video, but when they picked him up, he wasn’t selling drugs, so the police planted drugs on him.
To Freddie and the bail bondsman, that was an injustice even though the police were right that he had been selling drugs earlier. Framing a person who was guilty is wrong even though that person was a drug dealer. The police have to catch him in the act.
If the police use illegal methods in trying to stop crime, they become part of the problem and incense the community. Still, some in the community are probably happy to get drug dealers off of the street, but two wrongs do not make a right. Legal procedures must be followed by law enforcement or the whole justice systems crumbles. Police framing people is probably only one of many questionable ways the police in Baltimore have used to clean up the streets.
Of course, improving policing is not the complete answer. Inner city crime has become so complex that personal commitment and sacrifice of God-loving people is required to make positive changes. Politicians are more of the problem than the police. They allow poverty to continue in order to keep the status quo that keeps them in power. Justice is postponed as a convenience for political trading. For example, teachers’ unions that donate and work for campaigns lobby politicians to prevent students from having a choice for better schools. School choice becomes bogged down in political bargaining, ignoring the needs of the people.
Education is the way out of poverty. It gives people knowledge of the opportunities available, shows people how to take advantage of the opportunity and gives them the training and knowledge to take advantage of the opportunity. Knowledge gives people power, and it is disturbing to me to see people denied the power to change their lives. They are being denied hope, and hope denied makes the heart sick.
The police are caught in a trap as well as the poor because politicians use police to keep order, which makes it possible for politicians to postpone providing the means to raise people out of poverty. Just thinking about it is frustrating and makes me feel powerless. There are so many wrongs that could be made right with genuine efforts to provide the poor with the education, hope and citizen training that could give them a choice and opportunity to rise to the middle class and higher and become contributing members of society.