Update: There were a lot of comments on social media and at Gocomics about how I drew each officer white. Three of the six officers charged are African-American with one being female.
So why did I draw each of them white and male? For one very technical reason, I drew the cartoon before the photos were released. I was relying more on the point of the cartoon than actual caricatures of the police involved. I also did not draw two of them wearing bicycle helmets.
Another reason is that in the video of Freddie Gray being arrested, each officer is white. The three officers who chased him down, arrested him and fabricated the “switchblade” lie are white.
If I had waited two more hours then I would have seen the photos before I drew the cartoon. If I had the information I would have drawn them reflecting their race and sex.
I do like some of the comments at gocomics. Yeah. I read my criticism. I really enjoy it actually. They call me a “racist” and one called me a “reprehensible demagogue” while slightly defending me. How could I not enjoy that?