|It is easier to CAUSE a RIOT than to squelch a Riot|
As a matter of fact the more you disappoint from Overcharged expectations the more you can expect a disruption of epic proportion.
Page Croyder spent 21 years in the Baltimore state's attorneys office, most recently as a deputy state's attorney. Her blog can be seen here: http://pagecroyder.blogspot.com.
And she has created a new expectation in the city: that police officers who arrest without what she considers to be probable cause (a subjective standard) are subject not just to civil action (the current norm) but criminal action.
Mere mistakes, or judgments exercised under duress, can land them in the pokey.
If I were a Baltimore police officer, I'd be looking for another job immediately. And as a Baltimore citizen, I may start looking for someplace else to live.
When the police cannot depend upon the state's attorney to be as thorough, competent, non-political and fair with them as she is supposed to be with all citizens, none of us will be safe.