It seems like the world has been presented with a new mystery: How exactly does a person’s death get ruled a homicide, but yet no one is charged with the crime? I mean even Charles Manson was basically locked under the jail when he had his followers kills some innocent people back in the 60s.
So how is it that someone gets murdered, but no one is held accountable for the crime? That’s a mystery that will linger on the minds of the curious until the end of time.
Unfortunately, the City of Baltimore sure as hell won’t be answering that question any time soon. In an astonishing move, prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, The Baltimore Sun reports.
In case you’ve been living in another country, or with your head in the sand, Freddie was a 25-year-old black man who was arrested by Baltimore Police for carrying an illegal switchblade, police allege.
The Baltimore Sun spoke with Freddie Gray’s friend, Kevin Moore, who recorded him being detained.
Moore said he found his friend handcuffed, “screaming for his life,” and planted face down on the ground with one Baltimore bicycle police officer’s knee on his neck and the other bicycle officer bending his legs backward so that Gray’s heels were in his back .
“They had him folded up like he was a crab or a piece of origami. He was all bent up,” Moore said.
“He said ‘I can’t breathe. I need a pump,’ and they ignored him,” Moore said. Gray had asthma and Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez confirmed at a press conference on Monday that Gray asked for an inhaler, but police did not have one at the scene.
Moore said, “The police yelled ‘stop resisting,’ but there was no resistance. He couldn’t move.”
Moore thought he heard a Taser go off, but [Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry] Rodriguez said that while one officer drew his Taser, it was not used on Gray.
One witness inside the van, Donta Allen, had his testimony dismantled when prosecutors questioned the legitimacy of his comments. To be fair, Allen has long set the record straight, but that didn’t help Gray’s case at all.
Not one person will be charged with his murder. Not. A. One. What’s even more sad is that a lot of people don’t see why this is a problem, especially on social media.
That said, I have compiled several Twitter comments that discusses the case, and will attempt to address what you said. Hopefully, the end result is that you’d become a person that we’d want around
when if the Purge becomes a thing.
Really Toni? You believe that with your whole, evil, cold blooded, little heart?
What she probably meant is that since Gray was allegedly resisting arrest, the cops would have gotten hurt had they buckled Gray up. These are the same sentiments that Officer Edward Nero’s defense attorney Marc Zayon maintained during his client’s trial. According to the Huffington Post,
But Marc Zayon…noted that Gray had to be dragged to the police wagon and, once he was inside, began violently shaking and moving the wagon.
“There are times when it is impossible to seat-belt,” Zayon said during the defense’s opening statements. “This is one of those times.”
To which I say,
So you mean to tell me that police had no trouble snatching Freddie off of a bike, or folding him like “origami,” but they could not seem to take a few more elbows to the face while buckling up an allegedly unruly prisoner? Toni, if you believe that, then I have a bridge, a Pinto, and one of Rob Kardashian’s pubic hairs to sell you.
Newt Gingrich taught us all the dangers of bringing your fragile feelings to a fact fight last week, Howard. There is no logical reason why you should feel this way.
Why would a police driver, who knows that a prisoner is in the back of a vehicle not wearing safety gear, drive like a maniac to the police station, if he had no intent to kill him? That question has yet to be answered, and it probably will never be.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who drove the van that transported Freddie, “ran a stop sign and made a sharp right turn at such high speed that he crossed a double yellow line, [Baltimore’s Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael] Schatzow said, citing video surveillance footage. Gray — his hands cuffed and his legs shackled — was thrown helplessly against the rear compartment…”
Gee. That dude’s middle name must be All State, because Freddie Gray was definitely in good hands. *Eye roll*
Good question, John. You would think that would be the case, since people who aren’t police officers can be charged with murder without actually killing someone, The Marshall Project reports.
In fact, back in January, a writer for the Huffington Post reported that only 13 officers have been charged with manslaughter in fatal on-duty shootings since 2005. It’s a sad, sad reality.
Woah, Jason! Sounding a little Hitler-ish over there, aren’t you?
Yes, Freddie Gray had an arrest record, but that does not mean that he deserved to die. That’s like saying Taylor Swift deserves to be single and miserable for the rest of her life, because her music sounds better when she doesn’t have a man. You see how heartless you sound, Jason?
The problem is that your rhetoric is way worse than the my example. In fact, what you’re saying is downright dangerous. You’re projecting your anger about a group of people who happens to be made up of minorities that are disproportionately targeted by police because of their race. Even the Justice Department agrees with that.
When you stop caring about the life of a person detained by police, you throw out of your head all possibilities of the government being able to correct their actions, especially when a person has been unfairly targeted. Ever heard of The Central Park Five? The same group of kids sent to jail for raping and assaulting a woman they’d never even seen before? If you don’t remember them, perhaps Donald Trump’s full page New York Times advertisement that calls for their deaths will jog your memory.
Now do you see why your language is problematic?
Ehhhhh…I see where you’re going with this, Magikarp. And I guess I kind of, sort of agree with you. According to The Sun, the officers could still face possible administrative discipline, and outside police agencies are conducting internal investigations. It’s not a win, but it helps.
Plus, maybe this investigation will result in those drunken perverts, McNulty and Bunk, actually getting thrown off the force.
In all seriousness, what is a problem is that police unions are sticking together tighter than a virgin back door receiver getting his first magic pony ride. There is a real issue with police forces not properly checking themselves for on duty crimes. As Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby puts it,
“…There is an “inherent bias” whenever “police police themselves.” She said the charges she brought were not an indictment of the entire Baltimore Police Department, but she also broadly condemned the actions and testimony of some officers involved in Gray’s arrest or in the department’s investigation of the incident — alleging “consistent bias” at “every stage.”
We get it, DJ Harambe, you love your local police force. Guess what? I love my local police force too, and for the most part, we interact very well with each other. What I don’t want is for any police officers in my area to think that they’re above the law.
If you want to live in a world where police officers can’t be held accountable for committing crimes that violates the law, just because they’re police officers, then be my guest. It’ll give you something else to complain about if you ever find yourself in a situation where a lawless police officer takes away your freedom.
I don’t even have the answer to that question, Almond. I think that was the point of the movie “The Purge”, but I could be wrong.
I feel the same way, Brother King.