On March 5, a squad of 11 soldiers from HM 29th Regiment of Foot fired a ragged, undisciplined volley into a crowd of 300 – 400 angry protestors outside the Boston Customs House killing 3 men– Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, and Crispus Attucks. Two other men mortally wounded and died several days later – Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr. The soldiers were provoked and crowd was armed and hurling snowballs, rocks, and oyster shells at the soldiers. By all accounts, the crowd attacked the soldiers and the soldiers fired by mistake. It is not unreasonable to argue that they acted in self-defense. Governor Hutchinson, however, promised a fair inquiry into the shootings and by March 27, six of the eleven soldiers had been remanded to the CIVILIAN courts for trial even though the entire colony of Massachusetts was under martial law and Parliament had passed laws requiring all trials of public officials to occur in London.
Let’s compare this to today’s cruises where police are typically and routinely tried by Internal Affairs offices rather than courts and even our president seems to think they deserve special status. Today the police are not firing in error and after being blatantly taunted, attacked, and injured but rather preemptively and with intent not to restore order but to inflict injury and death. Seems like our adversaries 252 years ago understood the “Rule of Law” far better than our leaders do today!
Bring back the Redcoats.