First, I want to give high praise to Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby – WELL DONE! Mosby was clear, focused and forceful in her accusations against the officers. She was absolutely correct in bring charges and delivering the stinging indictment of the six officers involved in the events leading to Freddie Gray’s death. The charges could bring more than a half a century of jail time for the so-called protectors of justice who now can be seen as the “real thugs”. Mosby in revealing new allegations about Freddie Brown’s arrest and ride in the back of a police van depicted utter inhumane treatment of the young man.
Based on her account, the officers had no probable cause to chase him, handcuff him, search him or restrain him. Something statistics says happen “more often than not” too black men, and young black men in particular! They placed Brown in a dangerous position, unsecured and face down on the floor of the van with his hands and feet bound. The charged officers, and I use that word loosely, displayed utter indifference to his calls for help and no sense of urgency to determine whether or how badly he had been injured – much less to render assistance. We would be shocked if an officer treated a dog that way these six are accused of treating Freddie Gray.
The most significant thing about her taking swift actions was she did what other prosecutors failed or did not want to do. For example, what didn’t happen in Ferguson, Mo., where prosecutors made a half-hearted (at best) effort to secure a grand jury indictment in the death of Michael Brown; nor in New York, where a grand jury declined to indict officers in the death of Eric Garner; and so far not in Cleveland, where a grand jury is still considering the death of Tamir Rice. Among recent, highly publicized incidents of black men killed at the hands of police officers, the only one resulting in criminal charges so far was the shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina and it remains to be seen if he serves time.
Mrs. Mosby has set the precedent that officers can and will face charges of assault, manslaughter and even murder for a case that is less clear cut than many that previously resulted in no prosecution at all. She displayed considerable skill and poise in denouncing their actions. What struck me most was that they thought so little of Gray’s cries for help that they took an extra stop on the way back to the Western District to pick up another prisoner, and when they got to the station, they didn’t turn their attention to Gray until after they had taken that other man inside for processing.
We should know and expect the forces of evil to come after her. Actually, the moment the press conference ended there were calls for her to recuse herself by the police union. The Fox crowd lost their minds telling their loyal bigots; she threw the police under the bus. No doubt this is going to be a long battle against good and evil. The question is – who is good and who is evil? Regardless, for her courage and commitment all of us will have her back. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
The thug cops charged in Freddie killing of Brown (c) and what some had to say.
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.: Second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle, misconduct in office. He spends a lot of time with his family and kids, said a neighbor.
Officer William G. Porter: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office. Is said to be a good, humble kid, and I have never seen him in trouble, says a neighbor.
Lt. Brian W. Rice: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment. It is reported that his weapons seized by Carroll County sheriff’s deputies after an ex-girlfriend reported she was alarmed by some of his comments. He was taken to a hospital for mental care.
Officer Edward M. Nero: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.
He was an outstanding and dedicated firefighter… He was never in trouble. He was generally a good guy.
Officer Garrett Miller: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment. A neighbor said – it was just a ‘hi, bye’ kind of thing, adding that Miller struck him as a nice guy.
Sgt. Alicia D. White: Manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office. She was just promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
NOW CONVICT THE SIX