Jesse Williams Just Nailed the Hypocrisy of the Freddie Gray Case

Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

After a more-than-year-long effort to hold any of the six Baltimore officers involved in Freddie Gray's death responsible for what the medical examiner ruled a homicide, the state of Maryland dropped all charges against the officers on Wednesday. 

In response, Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams used Twitter to speak on the lack of accountability for the state in Gray's death. 

"The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime" is from 19th century German philosopher Max Stirner.

Williams' tweet shows how the police officers — representing "the state" — were not held accountable for Gray's death in the name of "law and order." Therefore, the state's violence — what the medical examiner ruled a homicide — is justifiable under law. Even though, by definition, homicide is a deliberate and unlawful killing of another person. But, apparently, no one killed Freddie Gray. 

Williams also called out this "law and order" mentality in subsequent tweets. 

Williams has been a vocal advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement. He delivered a rousing speech about the nature of being black in America at the 2016 BET Awards and has used his Twitter presence to talk about police brutality — most recently, in the case of Alton Sterling. He's also been very vocal about the nation's history of police brutality and environmental racism

Marilyn Mosby speaks at a July 27, 2016 press conference about Freddie Gray's death.
Source: 
Steve Ruark/AP

Williams is not alone in his frustration with Gray's death. In a press conference on Wednesday, state's attorney Marilyn Mosby said, "We do not believe Freddie Gray killed himself." 

Her office dropped all charges against three of the remaining six officers involved in Gray's April 2015 arrest and death on Wednesday. Mosby alleged that Baltimore officers hindered her office's investigation in the 25-year-old's death.

Read more: 
Apparently, No One Killed Freddie Gray
Prosecutors in Freddie Gray's Case Dropped Charges Against All Three Remaining Officers
Jesse Williams' BET Speech Powerfully Sums Up What It Means to Be Black in America

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

MORE FROM

White House says it knows of potential Syrian chemical attack, warns Assad of "heavy price"

The Trump administration did not provide any evidence backing the threat.

Serena Williams responds to John McEnroe's comments saying she would rank "like 700" against men

Williams said his statements were "not factually based."

People are way less likely to be helpful when it's hot out, according to study

Sorry, it's too hot out to help you move.

Democrats, the American Medical Association and US bishops blast the Senate health care bill

According to the Congressional Budget Office, 15 million more Americans will be without health insurance next year if the bill passes.

Dow Jones won’t talk about its reported pay gap problem

A study released by the union representing Dow Jones employees found evidence of a "significant pay gap between men and women" who had the same job title and level of experience.

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.

White House says it knows of potential Syrian chemical attack, warns Assad of "heavy price"

The Trump administration did not provide any evidence backing the threat.

Serena Williams responds to John McEnroe's comments saying she would rank "like 700" against men

Williams said his statements were "not factually based."

People are way less likely to be helpful when it's hot out, according to study

Sorry, it's too hot out to help you move.

Democrats, the American Medical Association and US bishops blast the Senate health care bill

According to the Congressional Budget Office, 15 million more Americans will be without health insurance next year if the bill passes.

Dow Jones won’t talk about its reported pay gap problem

A study released by the union representing Dow Jones employees found evidence of a "significant pay gap between men and women" who had the same job title and level of experience.

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.