While it’s hard to comprehend exactly what’s happening in Baltimore, we do know the current unrest began as a reaction to the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who, while in police custody, suffered a spinal cord injury that ultimately lead to his death. Gray’s funeral took place this past Monday — the same day Loretta Lynch made history for becoming the first black, female U.S. Attorney General.
This means Lynch is now leading the U.S. Department of Justice. She’s basically the cop of all cops, the Oprah of all talk shows, the Beyonce of all pop music, the pizza of all Huts.
But most importantly, it means she just inherited Gray’s case. Lynch is a former senior prosecutor in Brooklyn, responsible for the conviction of four cops in 1997, for brutally beating and sodomizing a Haitian man outside a Brooklyn nightclub. And while Lynch may have the right experience for the job, she doesn’t have much time to get it done.
Jamil Smith, senior editor of The New Republic, wrote this week on Lynch’s tasks at hand. He joined Alicia Menendez to discuss the issue further.