Freddie Gray

Remaining Charges Against Freddie Gray Cops Dropped (UPDATED w/ Comment from State's Attorney)

All officers who went to trial were eventually found not guilty.

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The state's attorney's office in Baltimore dropped all charges against the remainder of officers awaiting trial in connection with the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, the Baltimore Sun reports today. An autopsy of Gray found he died from injuries suffered during a "high-energy ride." Gray had been transported in a police van.

Previously, Officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, and Brian Rice were all found not guilty of various charges at bench trial. Another officer, WIlliam Porter, got a hung jury. The remaining officers, according to the Sun, faced similar or less severe charges. There have been concerns that the officers were charged too quickly, which could have compromised the cases.

The Sun also reports that a number of internal investigations, involving outside agencies, remain underway. Nero and another officer, Garrett Miller, were suspended with pay. The other four officers were suspended without pay because they faced felony charges. The officers have begun to receive their back pay after acquittals. They have faced no other administrative penalties for the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, attributed to a ride police took him on on April 12, 2015.

The lack of any administrative penalty, let alone termination over the loss life, is attributable almost entirely to the privileges carved out for Baltimore cops by their union contracts, often negotiated between the union and elected officials relying on that union support for political reasons. The union likened protests in the wake of Gray's death after injuries suffered while in police custody to a "lynch mob." Reforming police contracts is one of Black Lives Matters' "Campaign Zero" policy proposals, for which a separate website was launched. Protesters associated with Black Lives Matter have also recently started to demonstrate at police unions.

UPDATE:

Via the Sun, a comment from state's attorney Marilyn Mosby: "After much thought and prayer it has become clear that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start, without having a say in the election of whether cases proceed in front of a judge or jury, without communal oversight of police in this community, without substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it and we would still end up with the same result," she said, pointing to the inherent of bias when "police police themselves."

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    3. I am not surprised, motherfuckers.

      Also, everyone is on steroids.

    4. Everyone could see this coming. But, the one thing I couldn’t see coming in a million years was her statement. “… it has become clear that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start…” Did the State’s Attorney actually just admit that it is impossible for police to investigate themselves?

      1. She also basically admitted she had very little to no evidence on which to base charges on.

        1. These things always come down to lack of evidence. She’s the first one to admit that the lack of evidence might be because the investigators aren’t really looking for any.

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  2. Have we ever heard a legitimate justification for stopping and detaining him in the first place?

    1. I think they said he had a knife and was causing public disturbance.

      1. I recall the knife, but that was discovered after the search. What was the justification for the search in the first place? Because he ran? It seems like this, at least, could be addressed.

        1. Yes, it was because he saw fit to (attempt to) depart the scene with haste when he saw the beady, bloodshot eye of the law rove his way. Unfortunately, this triggered the primitive animal brain’s predatory hunt-chase-hurt reflex.

        2. If they run then they are VC
          If they stay, they are dead VC

          1. Door Gunner: Git some! Git some! Git some, yeah, yeah, yeah! Anyone who runs, is a criminal. Anyone who stands still, is a well-disciplined criminal! You guys oughta do a story about me sometime!
            Private Joker: Why should we do a story about you?
            Door Gunner: ‘Cuz I’m so fuckin’ good! I done got me 157 dead civilians killed. Plus 50 water buffalo, too! Them’s all confirmed!
            Private Joker: Any women or children?
            Door Gunner: Sometimes!
            Private Joker: How can you shoot women or children?
            Door Gunner: Easy! Ya just don’t lead ’em so much! Ain’t war hell?

            1. Thank you for elaborating.
              Top 5 movie right there.

            2. “Plus 50 water buffalo”

              No joke, the only confirmed kill my war-medic grandfather had in the War was a water buffalo.

      2. And since having the knife wasn’t illegal in the first place, they had no justification to detain him. Not that such a thing has ever stopped the cops, mind you.

        1. Actually, the legality of the knife still hasn’t been determined. The law is extremely vague, to the point that no consensus has been reached and the false arrest charge was dropped since no one could figure out if it was legit or not. I have looked without success for what kind of knife it was.

          Note that restricting the carrying of the second oldest tool in existence is idiotic.

  3. So does that mean that Freddie Grey gets his life and spine back?

    1. He got his spine back, at least.

  4. God.

    Ok, so if scoop at he’s me without a seatbelt, I get a ticket.

    But if the cops bound a guy, throw him in the back of a van without a seatbelt, and he dies on a high energy ride, well, it’s just an accident. No ones fault, really. Things happen.

    Assholes.

    1. I hate you iPhone autocorrect.

    2. Yeah, too bad so sad according to these nitwits. This is one of those cases where it makes my head spin that they aren’t fired let alone put in jail. I mean, the guy is in your custody and dies? Gee, nothing suspicious there right?!? It’s hard to fear for your life when they’re in handcuffs and immobile but somehow I guess they managed to be that afraid of him.

      RIP

    3. Yeah, too bad so sad according to these nitwits. This is one of those cases where it makes my head spin that they aren’t fired let alone put in jail. I mean, the guy is in your custody and dies? Gee, nothing suspicious there right?!? It’s hard to fear for your life when they’re in handcuffs and immobile but somehow I guess they managed to be that afraid of him.

      RIP

  5. Brace yourselves, incoming Dunphy! I repeat, incoming!

    1. ITFPAPIC FKJEOJFEOJFE FJIFEOJOFE, the police officers here are given due process. The officers are obviously innocent of this, and 99% of the public agrees with me. Only u haters disagree.

      h2h

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  6. Let’s hear it for due process!

  7. Score one for due process though.
    Set aside police misconduct for this discussion. those moronic race pimps were so hell bent on placating the mob that they threw due process out the window. Naturally, the few lawyers out there that are willing to enforce the constitution were able to site what a gross misconduct was being foisted upon the system by Moseby at the behest of the Obama justice department.

    This is one instance where I am glad they got off because the federal government created a massive conflict of interest by allowing civil settlement prior to the criminal trial.

    1. And other than not buckling him in, there was no necessary proof of intent to harm. Intent to not put on a seat belt though.

      1. “Intent to harm” is not necessary to convict someone of negligent homicide/manslaughter.

      2. Except ‘click it or ticket’ completely refutes your supposition that not putting a seatbelt on him is not proof of intent to harm.

        Given that not being properly restrained in a motor vehicle is *such a danger that its now a primary offense* (iow, one that you can be stopped and cited for rather than one that can only be cited after some other reason for a stop) the police – who’s duties otherwise involve monitoring the populace for compliance with seatbelt restraint laws – failing to properly restrain a suspect in their custody is de facto evidence that they intended him to come to harm, whether through additional actions of their own or through happenstance as they expose him to danger during transport.

        1. Bam. Guilty.

        2. um…seatbelts are only legally required for front seat passengers.

          Back seats, buses, etc, do not require seatbelts.

          1. Depends on the state.

    2. The judicial process is one thing.

      That they’re getting their jobs back (with back pay!) is a completely different thing.

      1. Agreed. The Police state is total BS. I only applaud due process as it will not be around long.

        1. It is likely that this is the first sighting of proper Due Process in Baltimore in decades.

        2. Most other defendants are retried on hung juries until the prosecutor gets the “right” guilty verdict. Government tools don’t after their own very hard because they don’t want it tough when it’s their turn.

  8. Have we ever heard a legitimate justification for stopping and detaining him in the first place?

    He exhibited typical prey behavior.

    1. Police Policy:
      look for a particular individual.
      pluck one off the streets to harass
      if he asks why, intimidate
      if still he persists, escalate threats
      if still he persists, use weapons of choice.

  9. Shit, who didn’t? Seriously, is there anybody who thought there would be a conviction, termination, or lack of back pay?

    1. Still waiting for word on the medals and promotions they will receive.

  10. Clearly they examined the totality of circumstances in this case.

    1. TORTILLA-TEA OF CIRCUMFERENCES

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  11. Clearly Gray committed suicide by throwing himself around the back of the van breaking his neck.

    1. Ah! So that’s where the prosecutor was struggling to assign the blame. The South Carolina Solicitor’s Office and Klan would be proud.

    2. The van manufacturer is to blame for not installing sufficient safety features. Capitalistic greed killed Freddie Gray.

      1. The scary thing is I can’t tell if that’s outrageous anymore. For all I know this is the defense they went with.

        1. Blaming for profit business is always on the docket. The leftists never leaves the house without a class warfare, anti-capitalist rant on the tongue.

  12. I remember riding the school bus without seatbelts. Kids were snapping their necks like every day.

    1. So, they handcuffed you for your bus rides?

      1. I’m sure they would have if it was allowed.

    2. Given that a school bus weighs 12-14 tons, I’m not sure how that’s relevant.

    3. My normally liberal politics teacher had a rant on that one day.

      He pointed out that the government requires you to buckle up presumably for your own safety, but the government-owned vehicles that exist for transporting young children do not even have an option for buckling up. He also uttered the words “If I want to take MY face and smash it into MY windshield, who is the government to tell me I can’t??”

      It was an unusually libertarian day for him.

      1. Liberals will automagically become Libertarians if you suddenly suggest their nanny state policies affect them. After all, the intent of those policies is to keep the serfs in line, not the betters of society.

        I say this unironically and without sarcasm. This is what the actions of virtually every progressive liberal I’ve ever met are saying. They may talk a good game, but when it comes to actions they are ever so choosy.

  13. I remember I was more scared of the bus driver than any cop any day.

    Not so much anymore.

    1. Not since Ms.Choksondik passed away.

  14. Not in a million years.

    http://nbc4i.com/2016/07/27/of…..gun-fight/

    1. I keep reading that headline:

      Officers beat kids over water gun fight with the heat?

      Or am I reading it wrong?

    2. That’s incredibly dangerous. What if one of them mistakenly drew his sidearm when he went for his taserwater pistol?

  15. Attribute this to two things: the public believing the meme that cops are “(City’s) Finest” and that Republican officials, like the mayors of Baltimore, give the cop unions whatever they want. I know, I know, but Democrat officials do too.
    But, God forbid, we waste our votes on something like the Libertarian Party.

    1. The republicans?

    2. And repeal a whole mess of laws with those “wasted” spoiler votes? Heaven forfend! The whole point of secret ballot elections has always been to rob, murder and enslave us. So… does it really matter by whom?

      1. Especially those people at the polling places. Evil bastards all of them.

  16. It also means the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby will secure no convictions in the case after more than a year of dogged fighting, against increasingly heavy odds, to hold someone criminally accountable in Gray’s death.

    Uh, that’s an awfully generous way of saying a politician put her career ambitions above viable criminal prosecution.

  17. The lack of any administrative penalty, let alone termination over the loss life, is attributable almost entirely to the privileges carved out for Baltimore cops by their union contracts, often negotiated between the union and elected officials relying on that union support for political reasons

    Two parties colluding for their mutual benefit against the interests of a third- the taxpayer.

    If, say, the executor of a will and a legal firm conspired to enrich themselves at the expense of the inheritors, how would this be looked upon by the law?

    1. High fives and backslaps all around?

  18. The 2016 Republican Party Political Platform is dedicated entirely to the jackbooted minions and gestapo troops fascism relies on for its power to harm, entrap and kill. This leaps off onto the reader’s face in the first paragraphs of the introduction–even before coiling its tail about the neck and ramming its payload down the victim’s throat.

    1. Nicely put.

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  20. Ultimately, there wasn’t much evidence that the officer (the driver was black) took Gray for a joyride that ended his life. One of the charged officers wasn’t even actively involved in the arrest.

    If I recall correctly, they eventually found the other person was also in the van, and he did not incriminate the officer.

    Mosby acted the role of a SJW warrior and severely overcharged the officers. The cause of the stop and whether they properly secured Gray is still under scrutiny, but it probably doesn’t rise to murder charges.

    1. the other other rider also said the guy was injuring himself on purpose and if you ever watch cops that happens all the time. One caveat though maybe the other rider just didn’t want to go for any more rides either.

      1. Crystal Meth has made cops really good again.

        As they savagely beat scrawny meth heads, the meth heads don’t even feel it. It’s like a Jason Bourne fight.

    2. how does it not rise to the level of criminally negligent homicide?

      1. No clue.

        And allofasudden jailhouse testimony that’s what cops want the inmate to say is unimpeachably accurate?

    3. It was more or less Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown all over again, but you can’t talk sense to all the fake libertarian SJW retards we have around here who worship Obama and fantasize about killing cops.

      1. Did Gray assault the cops before they arrested him?

        If not, then his case is not like Martin’s or Brown’s at all.

      2. You’ve just dropped all pretense of being anything but a drolling retard.

  21. The officers still face possible administrative discipline. Internal investigations, with the help of outside police agencies, are underway.

    Too bad that investigation couldn’t have run concurrently.

    1. Maybe not. Legal leeches lining up for decades to bleed those union goon coffers white just might, for once, do some actual good.

    2. They need to do all of this stuff at once nation wide so we can keep the riots down.

      I own a business here people.

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  23. Mosby sounds like a blame-shifting hack, but really, contested criminal trials should be by jury, defendants shouldn’t be able to choose trial by judge any more than they should be able to choose trial by ordeal or other inferior kinds of trial.

    Jurors don’t have to worry about getting votes and campaign cash from police unions.

    1. yeah. Didn’t quite understand how that was allowed.

      No worries. A few riots and some protests will fix all this.

    2. “Hard cases make bad law.”

      1. and the application of that principle in this case is…

        1. Tossing out trial by judge because you want these particular defendants convicted.

          1. trial by judge

            … is not a right and doesn’t even exist in some states. Maybe it should be, but it’s not.

            1. I didn’t say it’s “a right.”

              1. Whatever, be obtuse.

                Should it be an option available to defendants?

                The law generally does not say that a defendant has the option of trial by judge. Only that the defendant has the option to waive his right to a trial by jury. The judge could still put the case before a jury anyway.

                1. Should it be an option available to defendants?

                  My only point: The answer to the question shouldn’t be influenced much by these particular cases.

                  1. Hmm, fair enough. Still, it’s an interesting question.

    3. They don’t get to choose to be tried by a judge. They get to choose to waive their right to a trial by jury. The judge then chooses how they get tried.

      Yes, in practice, that means the judge tries them. But that’s not technically the choice they were offered.

  24. An autopsy of Gray found he died from injuries suffered during a “high-energy ride.”

    That sounds like an awfully stupid thing for a medical examiner to say.

    *wastes five minutes finding and reading the report*

    Oh, “high energy injury.” Thanks, Crazy Ed.

  25. Mosby may be a semi-competent hack, but her statement in the update isn’t bad.

  26. you can’t talk sense to all the fake libertarian SJW retards we have around here who worship Obama and fantasize about killing cops.

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  29. her statement in the update isn’t bad.

    I don’t see an endorsement from the FOP in her future. She’s lucky she doesn’t work in Cleveland.

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