Baltimore Police Department has suspended three of the officers in the Freddie Gray case and are looking to fire them as well as dishing out lesser punishment to two other officers. Does it seem odd to anyone else that even though Freddie Gray died over two years ago and the Baltimore Police Dept is just now dredging up charges against 5 of the officers? Is this revenge over their beating the trumped up charges brought by Marilyn Mosby? The timing would certainly make it seem so.
‘Since Mr. Gray’s tragic death, we’ve been adamant about the need for both individual and collective accountability for those responsible,’ Sherrilyn Ifill, president of NAACP Legal Defense Fund, told NBC News.
‘We are encouraged that many of those involved reportedly will face administrative repercussions for their misconduct,’ she said.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges against all six officers – five facing second-degree murder and one facing manslaughter.
Although the officers were not found guilty in court, the judge referred to several internal rules that were perhaps not followed, which sparked the internal inquiry.
Ms Mosby eventually dropped charges against the officers – but on Monday she said ‘justice’ was served in the form of an internal investigation.
‘Justice is always worth the price paid for its pursuit. This case has always been about providing justice for an innocent 25-year-old man who was unreasonably taken into police custody, severely injured while in police custody, and died due to a lack of care,’ she said.
‘I’m relieved that administratively a majority of these officers will be held accountable, and I hope that this brings closure to the loved ones of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore and, most importantly, the dedicated police of Baltimore City,’ she added.
In a fiery defense of her case in 2016, Ms Mosby blamed police for an investigation that failed to hold anyone accountable for the death of 25-year-old Gray.
Mosby went on to say why she believes the officers should be punished, but she leaves out some very important facts:
Ms Mosby says prosecutors do not believe that Gray killed himself when he was handcuffed and shackled in the back of a police van.
She says she stands by the finding that Gray’s death was a homicide, saying ‘we do not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself.’
‘We do not believe Freddie Gray killed himself,’ she said, standing in the neighborhood where Gray was arrested, a mural of him on a wall over her shoulder.
‘We stand by the medical examiner’s determination that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide.’
Mosby was reprimanded by the judge who was presiding over the Freddie Gray case for hiding exculpatory evidence including the fact that Gray was a conman who used the old crash for cash scam, where he would jump out in front of a car then extort money and which may have also included injuries to his spinal column. She also failed to mention that she ordered the police department not to tell the defense attorneys about it. She met with the coroner before the coroner released her findings. Mosby did not tell her about Gray’s crash for cash scheme, thereby withholding pertinent information that could have absolved the officers.
Coincidentally, 5 officers are suing Mosby for defamation. The judge turned down Mosby’s efforts to have the case dismissed.