Is this so terrible for Ray Rice? He walks away from the Ravens for a season, but he keeps his signing bonus on his old contract and in a year he will get a chance for a new one. The NFL running backs don't get old, they wear out. If he rests for a year, thats just going to extend his viable playing life by a year.
Seems reminiscent of the Red Riding books.
Obviously there were people in this story motivated by perverse or even insane political correctness, but most of it is probably just a combination of incompetence, laziness and corruption of the local police.