All 6 Officers Involved With Freddie Gray’s Death Indicted

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Finally, justice has been served in the case of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Via CNN:

“Six police officers have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday.

The officers are scheduled to be arraigned on July 2, she said.Gray’s death last month after allegedly suffering a devastating injury while in police custody sparked protests and riots in Baltimore.Earlier this month, Mosby said that charges had been filed against six officers in Gray’s death, an unexpected announcement that brought cheers from protesters and words of protest from the police union.”

According to Fox News:

“Two officers, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, were indicted on second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.Caesar Goodson, who drove the transport van, faces manslaughter and second-degree “depraved heart” murder. Sgt. Alicia White, Lt. Brian Rice and officer William Porter are each charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.”

6 Officers Arrested in the Death of Freddie Gray

Six officers involved in the arrest of Baltimore man, Freddie Gray have now been arrested in connection with his death.

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby addressed the public in a press conference earlier today to speak more about the charges that the officers face in a case that left Freddie’s spine 80 percent severed. An autopsy report ruled the 25-year-old’s death a homicide by severe trauma.

From CNN:

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters Friday that her office’s investigation, coupled with a medical examiner’s determination that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, led her to determine there is probable cause to file criminal charges. She didn’t immediately say who would be charged; a news conference continues. 

Mosby said Friday that three Baltimore police officers illegally arrested Gray on April 12. She also said that a knife that Gray had was not illegal. 

Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday. 

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

 

According to NBC, here are the charges that each officer faces, and the maximum sentence carried for each one:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. (the driver of the van):
Second-degree depraved-heart murder (30 years)
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Manslaughter by vehicle, gross negligence (10 years)
Manslaughter by vehicle, criminal negligence (three years)
Misconduct in office

Officer William Porter
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office

Lt. Brian Rice
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
False imprisonment

Officer Edward Nero
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
False imprisonment

Officer Garrett Miller
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
False imprisonment

Sgt. Alicia White
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office

Finally, a step in the right direction. Let’s hope that this marks the beginning of the end of the hashtagged names looking for justice. It took far too many for us to get to this point.

Police Release New Information About Freddie Gray’s Case.

 

freddie-gray-baltimore-police-deathAs America watches the people of Baltimore rise up against the oppression of police brutality, those of us who are not in geographical proximity to the Maryland city have still undoubtedly been affected by the stories that led to these protests and others that have occurred in recent memories.

Baltimore is angry and looking for answers in the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray, the man that was injured in police custody on April 12– which left him with his spine 80 percent severed. He died April 19. It is still unclear exactly what happened the day they arrested him, but Baltimore Police Department announced new information today.

According to newly obtained footage, the van carrying Gray made a previously unknown stop before arriving at the police station.

Via ABC News:

“Detectives say the police van picked up Gray after he ran from police. They then made one stop previously known to officers, but made another stop that police said today they did not learn about until investigating the case further. From that second stop, they made another stop before making a fourth stop to pick up another prisoner. They then went to the police station, according to Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis, who headed the Baltimore Police Department’s investigation of the case.

The announcement came as Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced that their department had completed its portion of the investigation a day earlier than expected and handed over all information to the Baltimore State’s Attorney Office to handle the rest of the case.

Batts said 30 detectives had been assigned to the Gray investigation, and their “focus was this case and only this case.”

“We have exhausted every lead … this does not mean the investigation is over,” he said.”

 

 

Thank You: Deray McKesson Ignores Wolf Blitzer’s Attempt to Bait Him Into Speaking Negatively About the Baltimore Protests

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It is no secret that the media feeds viewers the images that they want  to be seen. They tell you what they want you to know and the thoughts the they want you to think.  Deray McKesson, however, will not be had… and he proved it during an interview yesterday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer regarding the mass protests going on in Baltimore, Maryland.

Blitzer was obviously trying to get him to feed into the negative narrative that has flood news coverage of the events in Baltimore and he even went so far as to use the tired comparisons of the situation today to the protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Thank you for swerving! Stop letting other people tell our story for us and control the conversation.

The most frustrating part of these events, especially when watching from the outside, is that you begin to see how people really feel. You begin to see that most people have not intention of trying to understand why America is in a general state of unrest, particularly in regards to police brutality and racism. It is important to know that while there are other ways to protest, the violence that people are rising against– the violence at the hands of law enforcement– has made people feel trapped and as though they need to fight their way out.  Deray articulated it perfectly when he said that one doesn’t have to  condone the actions to understand the actions.

#prayingforbaltimore

What Happened to Freddie Gray?

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Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old Baltimore man who died April 19, after being injured during an arrest a week prior. A family attorney has said that the man’s spine was 80 percent severed.

Gray was arrested on April 12, after Gray and another man “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.” However, when they arrested him, it was “without force or incident.” He had a knife clipped inside his pocket.

According to the Washington Post:

Video of the arrest played by police at a news conference Monday did not show how Gray suffered his injury, which Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez described as “a very tragic injury to his spinal cord, which resulted in his death,” citing the preliminary results of an autopsy.

“What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said. He noted that “when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”

According to witnesses  interviewed by WBAL TV, the police did actually use excessive force.

“They threw him in the paddy wagon face first, you know, facedown, and mind you, his arms and legs are locked up,” the witness said. “He was facedown as he was on his stomach. They just threw him in the paddy wagon facedown, head first, ankles bound, arms bound.”

The officers who were involved in the case have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

On Facebook Monday Afternoon, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake posted this update:

This afternoon, Commissioner Batts and I released additional details about the death of Freddie Gray. While I am frustrated that we still do not have all the answers, I am committed to pressing forward in releasing what information we have—as soon as possible—without undermining the investigation. We will provide the community, and most importantly, the Gray family, with the answers they deserve.

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Baltimore Police Department posted this to Twitter.

Hopefully justice is served for the family of Freddie Gray.