Even after Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced murder and manslaughter charges on Friday against the six officers involved in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, some residents of the city were taking a wait and see approach, noting that charges don’t equal convictions.
A local man, who identified himself as a Marine, screamed at a row of police officers that residents deserved better than how they were being treated.
We gave our lives for this country,” the unnamed man said. “Look at you. Is this what it’s coming to, man? I love this fucking country, too. Just as much as you do. We’re fighting for a reason, man. I was willing to give my life for this country, man. Look at this community now, man.
“This is crazy. They tell me we are apart of this country, man. How can we be? How can we be part of this country? Look at this.
When a reporter from CNN asked how he felt about the charges brought by Mosby, he said that it wasn’t justice…yet.
“I don’t believe anything until I see the end result. We got to stop being pacified every time they throw us a bone where they want us to calm down, man. We need to wait for the end result to come in.”
“I was willing to give my life for this country. Look at my community, man. Look around here. The same people who we go to war with coming to war on us.”
“When I was in the Marine Corps, they called me a patriot. A marine. But now that I’m fighting for my people they call me a f—ing thug. They called me a thug when I fight for my people.”
Unfortunately, this is the reality of far too many African Americans in this country.