Officer Charged in Freddie Gray Death Contends Arrest Was Legal

The Political Agitator response: Oh well I guess we will see how this unfolds. Who is right Mosby or Nero? I don’t know because I don’t know the Baltimore laws.

(BALTIMORE) — One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying it was an illegal weapon.

The city’s top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, said Friday in charging the officer and five others that the knife was legal under Maryland law. She said that meant the officers had arrested Gray illegally.

The motion was filed Monday by attorneys for Officer Edward Nero in Baltimore District Court. (Source: Read more)

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Redskins cut 13 players, start adding UDFAs – ESPN

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins cut 13 players, making room for the same number of undrafted free agents they’re about to sign. None of the cuts were surprising, though linebacker Gabe Miller, who played seven games for the Redskins last season, and Jerry Rice Jr. were among them.

The Redskins also waived nose tackle Isaako Aaitui, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, receiver Braylon Bell, offensive tackle Edawn Coughman, defensive lineman Kenny Horsley, guard Rishaw Johnson, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, cornerback Kenny Okoro and cornerback Trey Wolfe. Beauharnais played in three games with Washington last season, while Okoro played in two. (Source: Read more)

Loretta Lynch, Justice Department officials go to Baltimore – CNN

The Political Agitator response: Another black female in high places to add to the list that will have some ties to Baltimore by being a part of the Freddie Gray death.

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Baltimore on Tuesday for meetings with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials, as well as faith and community leaders, a Justice Department official told CNN.

Also going from the Department of Justice are head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta, Director Ronald Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Director Grande Lum of the Community Relations Service. (Source: Read more)

Video footage shows 4 black parole officers held at gunpoint by police – The Grio

Black law enforcement leaders are criticizing Ramapo police for the incident that took place last April,

“If these guys aren’t safe, imagine what a young black man feels about interacting with the police,” said Damon Jones, the New York representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. “They have no chance.” (Source: Read more)

Baltimore and living with the facts of America – News & Observer

The Political Agitator response: When we deal with the root of the problem and then we can deal with the reactions. As long as folks don’t want to deal with the root nothing will change!

During his recent sold-out appearance in Charlotte, heralded civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson pushed the rhetorical button that should be labeled: “Send Conservatives Up Nearest Wall.”

He said the problems facing inner-city African-Americans – elevated poverty, crime and unemployment rates – represent the lingering aftershocks of centuries of slavery and generations of segregation.

He traced the Baltimore riots and nationwide tensions over police shootings of black men back to those twin evils of American history. He threw in a provocative afterthought: We agonized over cars and buildings that went up in flames in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood, but we’ve largely ignored the human suffering unfolding there for generations. (Source: Read more)

Freddie Gray death: Distraught family hopes he’ll ‘live on forever’ – MSNBC

The Political Agitator response: The family seems to be handling this as well as to be expected. However it is some people whom are not handling it so well and continue to post racial comments. Damn shame!

Freddie Gray’s relatives say they are going through the most difficult time of their lives — but they are encouraged by criminal charges brought against six police officers, and they are holding on to hope that his loss might change the country.

“It does me proud to see so many people caring for justice and raising the name of Freddie in that manner,” his stepfather, Richard Shipley, told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an exclusive interview.

“Maybe it’ll change laws,” he said. “Or maybe Freddie’ll be a martyr and his name will live on forever. And that makes us very proud.” (Source: Read more)