For the first time ever, DA Mike McCann ignores the finding of an inquest jury and charges a police officer who the jury had cleared. Several hours later, the cop kills himself.
Who knows what to make of this? Does the officer's suicide reflect an awareness of his own guilt? That could be, but the incident seems to have been one of those quick and confused things. The cop may have been wrong, but did he really intend murder? Or did he just make a horrible mistake because he was scared?
Did the cop kill himself because he felt he was about to be sacrificed for the sins of the Jude cops?
Community reaction to all of this may be complicated because, in this case, the charged officer was African-American. The usual script doesn't apply.
The one thing that shouldn't happen is people taking positions based on their political predelictions. You can argue that the inquest procedure is flawed and/or that the police need to be supported. But, when people's lives are at stake in particular cases, the facts are what matters.