As I’ve often written, progressives, for it is virtually universally progressives that are social justice true believers and sympathizers, are usually woefully uninformed about the facts of such cases, and the Goodson case is no exception. This tends to be so because they consume only reliably progressive news and opinion sources, which tend to produce comments like that of the late Pauline Kael, a writer for The New Yorker, who, horrified by the defeat of George McGovern by Richard Nixon is said to have observed that result was impossible because she didn’t know anyone that voted for Nixon. I’m sure as a New York journalist she didn’t, which is the point: such people wrap themselves in a progressive bubble, impervious to other ideas, to any and all contrary evidence, to the truth.
The same is true with the Freddie Gray case (the SMM Gray case archive is here) and its separate trials. Anyone paying attention only to progressive sources would believe only the social justice Narrative. Goodson’s acquittal, therefore, would come as a shock. Every left-thinking person knows that the innocent Freddie Gray, a person of color, was the helpless victim of an evil police conspiracy. How could any of them have possibly been found not guilty? It’s an outrage! A miscarriage of (social) justice!