The city of Baltimore is bracing for unrest after a mistrial was declared on Wednesday in the trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter on charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.
It’s a legitimate concern, according to a black leader and commentator, because he believes radical black activists want to use the issue to regain the headlines they lost when Islamic terror struck in Paris, and then in San Bernardino, California.
In fact, he warns of not just the possibility of riots, but black mob rule by intimidation for the city.
Police officers from surrounding communities had started staging in the city in preparation for possible riots because of the hung jury on the counts against Porter, the first of six officers scheduled for trial for Gray’s death.
Jesse Lee Peterson, author of the new book “The Antidote,” said the fact Porter was even put on trial is “mind-blowing.”
“Black Lives Matter was blown off the headlines by the terrorist attacks in Paris and the San Bernardino attacks and they’ve been looking for an excuse to get back in,” Peterson told WND. “These people are out of control and they’re full of anger because they haven’t had good parents. They blame their failures and problems on whites and on the justice system. Therefore, some will certainly lash out at police and use this case to get back in the news.”
Porter faced a variety of charges, including second-degree assault, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. The Gray family was urging a retrial for Porter. Gray’s sister was reportedly among the protesters gathered outside Baltimore City Hall in the hours following the declaration of a mistrial.
Though he suspects there will be some violence, Peterson does not expect a repeat of the riots which followed the death of Gray in April. And the reason why is race – Porter is African-American.
Peterson, a WND columnist, explained, “Black Lives Matter and other race hustlers won’t be able to exploit this case and shake down the white establishment the same way that they would if the accused was white.”
However, just before the mistrial was declared, Peterson warned “mob rule” based on racial motivations is becoming a staple of American life.
“When blacks are involved, mob justice has become the norm in America,” Peterson said.
He blamed a combination of a “lawless” black underclass including gang members and protesters such as Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party for creating a dangerous environment in the city.
On Wednesday, scattered unrest had begun throughout Baltimore.
Police officers were detaining some protesters.
DeRay Mckesson, an organizer who has been extensively involved with the Black Lives Matter movement, accused Baltimore police of trying to “provoke” protesters in order to force other trials in the death of Freddie Gray to be held outside of the city.
Peterson argues that’s precisely what should happen anyway in order to secure Porter a fair trial.
But he thinks there is something deeper at stake.
“None of these protesters cared about Freddie Gray when he was alive,” he charged. “Freddie Gray grew up without his father. His mother was a drug addict who couldn’t read. As a child, he was exposed to high levels of lead poisoning. And he had a long criminal history and was arrested 18 times. And I believe if Gray had not become a criminal and a drug dealer, he would not be dead today.”
Peterson, who argues the lack of fathers in the black community is a root cause behind many of the problems there, started a nonprofit called BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny) to help rebuild the black family. But he argues another problem African-Americans face is the insistence by their self-proclaimed advocates to break the law and enforce their will through force.
“We can’t allow justice by mob intimidation,” Peterson declared. “Black Lives Matter needs to finally accept and respect the rule of law.”
In a statement, Mayor Stephane Rawlings-Blake called Baltimore a “unified city” and urged residents to abide by “our American system of justice.”
The mayor stated: “I urge everyone to remember that collectively, our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighborhoods, and for the residents and businesses of our city. In the case of any disturbance in the city, we are prepared to respond. We will protect our neighborhoods, our businesses and the people of our city.”
The state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, did not comment immediately.
Mosby was widely celebrated by liberal commentators for bringing the officers in the case to trial, famously declaring she had heard the community’s call for “no justice, no peace.”
However, following the mistrial, she faced accusations she is “blowing” the prosecution.
Peterson believes Baltimore will continue to see unrest for the foreseeable future, especially if the white officers who will be put on trial are acquitted. He told WND America has entered a dangerous time in its history.
“My country is changing and has changed and I wonder if we will ever be able to turn it back,” he said. “Who will do it and how will we strengthen America again?”