The city of Baltimore has had to go through this witch hunt against this city police department because they did their jobs and by accident a young man died while in their custody. I honestly believe there was no malice or murder of this young man who was captured and put in the back of a police vehicle.
We’re during closing arguments today; the judge had a mouthful for the prosecutors which I am sure they did not expect.
If you don’t know about the case that involves the police officers on trial for the death of Gray, let me take you down memory lane.
The Mayor of Baltimore orders police officers into Gray’s neighborhood due to the high crime rate, mostly surrounding drugs. The police officers notice Gray, a known drug dealer, engaging in behavior that would lead a prudent individual to believe he was engaged in criminal activity. Gray also has a 4th waiver, which means he is subject to search and seizure at any time, as ordered by the court.
As police approach, Gray flees but is subsequently detained. A lawful search is conducted, and an illegal knife is found on his person. He is later arrested and placed in a police van. Though he is not adequately secured, another officer in the van states that Gray was thrashing about, though he later recanted that story as he feared for his life, due to being labeled a snitch.
This is a witch hunt to fill the needs of an agenda and that’s all.
From CBS Baltimore:
A judge aggressively questioned prosecutors Thursday about why they charged an officer with assault in the arrest of Freddie Gray, and asked whether every officer who makes an arrest without probable cause should be charged with a crime.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams grilled prosecutors during their closing arguments in the bench trial of Officer Edward Nero, one of three officers who chased Gray on April 12, 2015, when he ran after making eye contact with an officer. Once Gray was in handcuffs, officers found a knife on him, but the judge previously ruled that the knife’s legality wouldn’t be part of the trial.
The defense answered a handful of questions from the judge but did not get near the interrogation prosecutors faced. The judge is expected to give his verdict Monday.
Nero is charged with assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The assault charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison while the other charges have five-year maximums.
Gray died last year, a week after his neck was broken in a police van. He was handcuffed and shackled in the van, but unrestrained by a seat belt. The department’s policy calls for detainees to be belted in.
Watch the report here:
The officers did nothing wrong. The law state that if you run from officers in a high-crime area, no matter why the officers have “probable cause” to chase you down and detain you. The very act of trying to avoid law enforcement is, by definition, the probable cause in this case.
H/T – CBS Baltimore
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