The scene is becoming so common that it’s almost impossible for even the most skeptical American to ignore it. Once again, a black man has died in the custody of police in a situation where it just doesn’t seem like it was warranted. Following in the footsteps of so many other situations like it, the Freddie Gray case is now inspiring violent riots that may make Ferguson look like warm-ups before it’s all over. So close to the nation’s capital, could this be the ultimate opportunity for the powers-that-be to run a martial law experiment that could eventually expand far past the suburbs of Baltimore?
Conspiracy theorists are already fired up about it. Many say that police are purposely inciting violent reactions by their treatment of protesters, apparently to create a volatile situation that makes a martial law declaration more palatable. The National Guard has already been mobilized and a state of emergency declared, so Maryland isn’t playing around. As violence escalates (and there is absolutely no reason to think that it won’t), this may become an opportunity for the flexing of the muscles of both state and national government. After all, can President Obama stand by and watch a full-on war between residents and police take place just a figurative stone’s throw from the White House itself. It makes sense that this is just the kind of situation they need to take things to the next level.