posted on May, 5 2014 @ 01:59 PM
A concerned Baltimore City resident spent $15,000 to bail a complete stranger out of jail on Thursday. Jennifer Bartley witnessed the arrest of
Calvin Wilkes, 25, and two others at the Inner Harbor in April and says the scene, "was one of the worst things I've ever seen." The three were
arrested near the Light Street pavilion after security guards called police April 19th. Police allege Wilkes was part of a group causing a disturbance
inside the Pavilion and refusing to leave.
I'm pretty impressed with this woman. Seems like a class act to stand up for someone she's never even met. I have no idea if the claims about
brutality are true, people resisting arrest do get hurt, and it's not always because the police are trying.
I don't really doubt the the people involved were breaking the law and also doubt they they were being peaceable when the police arrived. That's not
what bugs me about the story.
What really bothers me is that the judge set what I consider to be a ridiculously high $ amount on bail, and made it cash only. As the woman says, if
they think people can't come up with $15,000 cash, they're wrong. Isn't there something about not requiring obscenely high bail. I think it might
something like the 8th amendment...
I've been increasingly frustrated reading news articles about what I consider fairly petty crimes that come with just insanely high bail. Making this
one cash only (so you have to pay the whole thing instead of 10% up front or whatever) seems even worse.
I hope the young man takes this opportunity and runs with it. It sounds like he was making a real effort to turn his life around.
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