Shikha Dalmia on Baltimore's Fearsome Police Power

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Baltimore Protests
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That it should take a month for Baltimore authorities to offer any answers for Freddie Gray's death should be enough to set any self-respecting citizenry's teeth on edge, as the ongoing protests in Baltimore are doing! But what's truly infuriating is that all this delay is built into a process whose chief purpose is not to protect the public, not deliver justice but for the police's own self-protection.  Indeed, the entire investigation into Gray's death seems to be a giant exercise in ass covering, aided by what the ACLU calls one of the country's most extreme "law enforcement officers bill of rights," points out Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia.

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