Fox News’s Megyn Kelly is outraged that Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who’s prosecuting the cops behind Freddie Gray‘s death, previously stated some basic facts about the criminal justice system.
“The criminal justice system … has historically and disproportionately affected so many communities of color, and what we’re seeing right now when we turn on the news and we open up the newspaper is that frustration,” Mosby said on April 28, according to Fox News. “So we will pursue justice by any and all means necessary.” (Source: Read more)
Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” to his neck and spine — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
The state medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.”
Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction. He was not belted in, but his wrists and ankles were shackled, putting him “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.” (Source: Read more)
BALTIMORE (AP) — The state’s attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the announcement Thursday. The charges returned by the grand jury were similar to the charges Mosby announced about three weeks ago.
Mosby has said Gray’s neck was broken because he was injured while being handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van. She says his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored.
Gray was arrested April 12. He died in a hospital a week later and became a symbol of what protesters say was police brutality against blacks. (Source: Read more)
Protesters and police accountability activists have been saying it for years, but now Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has been forced to agree… the police are a big part of the problem in America today.
Commissioner Batts has only been on the job since 2012, but with 33 years of police service under his belt, he says that the perspective of a long career has demonstrated to him that law enforcement has taken some wrong turns.
Batts had previously been employed by the cities of Oakland and Long Beach, California.
On Monday, Batts spoke with CNN’s Evan Perez in what seems to be the most direct and honest admissions of police blame for the unrest that erupted in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. (Source: Read more)
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)
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)
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)
A popular fundraising website has disallowed contributions for the Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The Baltimore police union on Friday opened an account with the California-based GoFundMe.com website to raise money for six officers charged in the case. But a company spokeswoman said the page has been removed.
“GoFundMe removed the fundraising campaign created for the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray,” spokeswoman Kelsea Little said. “GoFundMe cannot be used to benefit those who are charged with serious violations of the law. The campaign clearly stated that the money raised would be used to assist the officers with their legal fees, which is a direct violation of GoFundMe’s terms. Specifically, ‘campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts’ are not permitted on GoFundMe.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: This article talks about the root of the problem. Again when we discuss the root cause then we can understand the reaction. But that’s the problem nobody wants to deal with the root of the problem.
BALTIMORE — IN the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., commentators noted the absence of black representatives among Ferguson’s elected officials and its police leadership. A Department of Justice report highlighted how Ferguson’s mostly white City Council and its courts spurred on explicitly racist policing, in part to harvest fines from black residents.
Then came Baltimore. The death of Freddie Gray, like those of Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Rekia Boyd and so many other unarmed African-Americans, at first seemed to fit the all-too-familiar template — white cops, black suspect, black corpse.
But unlike New York, Chicago and other cities with white leaders, Baltimore has a black mayor, a black police commissioner and a majority-black City Council. Yet the city still has one of the most stained records of police brutality in recent years. (Source: Read more)
Root cause: If the 2 white officers had not falsely arrested Freddie Gray then we would not be talking about the death of Freddie Gray, protesting and rioting, 6 officers (3 white and 3 black) being arrested on multiple charges ranging from 2nd degree murder to other minor but major charges. The black officer driving the van has the worst charge 2nd degree murder because of the 2 white officers initiation. I am thinking that the other 4 officers had no idea of the treatment that Gray had received during the initial struggle between Gray and the officers. Well this is just sad but if the black officer had made sure Gray was secured in the van and made sure he got some medical help, well he would not be facing such charges. So now it is what it is everyone is responsible for their role.
Reaction: Now the reactions be it from the protesters and the rioters they must pay. The 6 officers being charged must pay. Reactions comes with a price and one must always think through the root cause before they react because sometimes the reaction could be worst than the root cause. The root cause don’t make it right but 2 wrongs don’t make it right either.
The Political Agitator response: Well bail amounts for crimes have always been quite interesting however they have a way to come up with them so I don’t know how I can really question the range of bail amounts?
Allen Bullock, a Baltimore teen arrested for smashing a police car window with a traffic cone amid the Freddie Gray protests last week, is reportedly being held on a higher bail than the officers charged on Friday in Gray’s death.
Bullock, 18, who voluntarily surrendered to authorities at the urging of his parents, is being held on $500,000 bail, while the six officers accused in the Gray case were held on a range of $250,000 to $350,000, according to the Associated Press. NBC News has confirmed that all six officers arrested for Gray’s death have since been bailed out. Bail hearings are not open to the public in the state of Maryland. (Source: Read more)
Hell yeah it is still about RACE. Who was shown beating Freddie Gray a . . .? How many damn times have we seen the video? How many times did we see the other 4 officers? The root cause was with the 2 white officers. If it had not been for their ignant a . . . doing what they did none of them white nor black would be facing these charges.
Hell I didn’t know that the State Attorney was black until she came out to speak. But I am for justice no matter who it is for or against. The ignant black officers should have gotten Gray some help and the charges would be only against the white officers. But since they all had a role in this, then all of these ignants need to pay and I don’t give a damn what color they are.
Now Run & Tell That!
BALTIMORE (AP) – Six officers are charged in Freddie Gray’s death from injuries he suffered while in police custody. State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says the officers repeatedly failed to get Gray medical treatment after his arrest. The police officers union has said they are not responsible for Gray’s death.
Here is a look at each of the six officers. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: Damn as always some gonna try to put a twist on the charges by the State’s Attorney. Now she painted a good picture detailing why she did what she did so I am convinced she is sincere about what she presented today. Six officers charged 3 white and 3 black. Interesting the black van driver has been charged with the heaviest charge but the 2 whites were the root cause of the reason why Freddie Gray was in custody. If the driver had had remembered his duty was to protect and serve, he would have been concerned with the safety of Freddie Gray.
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State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said there will be charges against those whom broke laws by burning homes, buildings, cars and etc. She said she understand their anger but they must pay for breaking the law. As I have stated before if those whom are committing the crimes during the rioting is willing to pay the price then so be it, however I don’t think they thought that part through.
Well it appears justice will be served at all angles beginning with the root cause up to the reactions. Folks got to understand that 2 wrongs don’t make a right and if they want to participate in the wrong, then they better be ready to pay the price. I ain’t ready when it comes to nonsense.
Today young folks need to understand that there are possibilities out here no matter how hard it seems. Look at the prime example on this day May 1, 2015 when a young 35 year old, youngest state prosecutor in any state was on national tv making one of the most profound statements in history. She acknowledged that she was young and said to young folks there is “HOPE!”
As a 52 year old black man, today made me happy because I get so sick and tired of seeing all of the negative about black folks in the news as if there are not any good black folks. In Baltimore a black Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and then to see a black State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has shown the world that there are black professionals however we should not be ignant to the fact that we know there are many more.
And I don’t want to leave the black lady that was head of the national guard that put the troops on the street, can’t think of her name at the moment.