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THE STATE RULES THE GRAY DEATH AS A HOMICIDE.   BALTIMORE CITY POLICE SUGGEST OTHER WISE.  YOU BE THE JUDGE.
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FROM "COLOR OF CHANGE.ORG"

Dear CIAA-FAN,

It looks like Baltimore police are trying to blame Freddie Gray for his own death.

Police and prosecutors are refusing to officially release information about the investigation into Freddie Gray's death. But at the same time, someone just leaked a police document that quotes a prisoner who rode in the same van as Gray, saying that Gray "was intentionally trying to injure himself."1This anonymous leak almost certainly came from someone in the Baltimore police department.

It's despicable. And it's exactly the same type of victim-blaming we saw years ago when Baltimore police gave another Baltimore resident a "rough ride," paralyzing him and eventually killing him in a hauntingly similar case.2

We've seen time and time again what happens when police are given the authority and political cover to police themselves. No transparency. No accountability. No prosecution. Unless Governor Hogan brings independent oversight to this case, we can expect the same familiar miscarriage of justice.3,4

Will you join nearly 40,000 ColorOfChange member in urging Governor Hogan to appoint Attorney General Frosh to assist the case against Freddie Gray's killers? <blockedhttp://act.colorofchange.org/sign/gov-hogan-justice4freddiegray/?source=kicker&t=1&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8>

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/gov-hogan-justice4freddiegray/?source=kicker&t=2&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

The prisoner quoted in this leak was separated from Gray by a metal barrier, so he couldn't have seen Gray. According to the leaked document, he claims he heard Gray banging on the walls, and that he thinks Gray was trying to hurt himself. But if Gray was banging on the walls, it could be because he was desperately trying to get help.5We already know that he had been requesting medical attention, and those requests were ignored.

And Gray might not have been banging on the walls at all. According to other versions of the story, Gray was unresponsive by the time the second person was loaded into the van.6Whatever happened, what's clear is that this leak is an attempt to shape the story in a way that absolves police of responsibility — at a time when law enforcement is refusing to release other information about the case.

Nearly 40,000 ColorOfChange members are urging Governor Hogan to send Attorney General Frosh to support the investigation and prosecution of Freddie Gray's death. This leak makes it clear that the current investigation cannot be trusted. Baltimore police and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby are heading down the same path of denied justice that has allowed Baltimore's crisis of discriminatory police violence to flourish for years.

In 2014, 100% of people killed by Baltimore Police were Black. And almost none of those officers have ever been held accountable.7 Over the past 5 years, Baltimore police have paid millions to people injured and paralyzed by police "rough rides."8 Freddie Gray was killed. And his family, Baltimore, and America have the right to an independent investigation that gets to the bottom of what happened and ensures the greatest measure of justice.

Take action to escalate pressure on Governor Hogan and build the widespread support we will need to win.
http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/gov-hogan-justice4freddiegray/?source=kicker&t=3&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

Thanks and peace,

— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Lyla, Shani, and the rest of the ColorOfChange team

April 30th, 2015

References

1. "Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says," Washington Post 4-29-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4783?t=5&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4783?t=4&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

2. "Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries," The Baltimore Sun Post 04-23-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4784?t=7&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8 dhttp://act.colorofchange.org/go/4784?t=6&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

3. "Police Kill Black Women All The Time, Too — We Just Don't Hear About It," Bustle 12-08-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4785?t=9&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8  http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4785?t=8&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

4. "Why I Don't Trust Baltimore Prosecutors with Freddie Gray Case," Legal Speaks 4-22-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4769?t=11&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4769?t=10&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

5. "Prisoner Was Wrong: Freddie Gray Didn't Kill Himself," Daily Beast, 4-30-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4789?t=13&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4789?t=12&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

6. "Baltimore Cop's Relative Claims Freddie Gray Was Injured Before He Got In Van," Daily Beast, 4-30-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4790?t=15&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4790?t=14&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

7. BaltimoreUprising.org
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4788?t=17&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8  http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4788?t=16&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

8. "Baltimore's "rough rides": the city has paid out millions to people injured in police vans," Vox, 04-28-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4786?t=19&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4786?t=18&akid=4328.669511.BAS5H8

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Re: BALTIMORE's STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 10:55:58 AM »
ALL POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF FREDDIE GRAY!
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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 11:01:12 AM »
I will expect a stronger effort from this office than we saw from Angela Corey's office in the Trayvon Martin case.

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Re: BALTIMORE's STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2015, 11:03:30 AM »
ALL SIX OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MIRDER, ASSAULT AND OTHER CRIMES.
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Re: BALTIMORE's STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2015, 11:31:18 AM »
Six officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

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Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

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The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray – who died last month after being injured in police custody – have been charged criminally, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday.

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office.

Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Officer Edward Nero, 29, was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Officer Garrett Miller, 26, was charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of all six officers. It wasn't immediately clear where the officers were on Friday morning.

Mosby's announcement on the steps of the War Memorial Building was greeted with cheers and applause. She said she told Gray's family that "no one is above the law."

Gray, 25, was chased down and arrested by Baltimore officers on April 12 and died a week later. His family has said he suffered a spinal cord injury and a crushed voice box.

After bystander video of the arrest surfaced, showing Gray dragging his feet as he was put in a police transport van, there have been cries for charges against the officers.

Mosby said Gray was improperly arrested on April 12 because officers had no probable cause to detain him.

In a detailed recounting of the events, Mosby described Gray being repeatedly denied medical attention by police officers, even as he asked for medical help and later was unresponsive in a police van.

Gray suffered a "severe and critical neck injury" as a result of being handcuffed, shackled and being unrestrained in the van.

Mosby said an investigation found officers bound Gray's wrists and ankles and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.

Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and in cardiac arrest, she said.

Mosby said her office did a "comprehensive, thorough and independent" investigation that began April 13, the day after Gray was injured.

"My team worked around the clock, 12- and 14-hour days," she said.

Mosby worked quickly in determining charges. Balitmore Police handed over their investigation to her office on Thursday, one day earlier than they had promised.

The Fraternal Order of Police asked Mosby to appoint an independent prosecutor in the case, citing her ties to the Gray family's attorney, Billy Murphy, as well as her lead prosecutor's connections to members of the local media.

"While I have the utmost respect for you and your office, I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case," wrote Gene Ryan, president of FOP Lodge 3.

The FOP letter also expresses problems with Mosby's marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.

"Most importantly, it is clear that your husband's political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation," the letter states. "In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibilty, I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed."

Mosby responded to that request by saying: "The people of Baltimore City elected me and there is no accountability with a special prosecutor."

"I will prosecute any case within my jurisdiction," Mosby added.

Following Gray's death, demonstrations and protests began peacefully but turned violent on Saturday and Monday. Monday's events included rioting, arson and property damage in pockets of the city.

Officials responded by declaring a state of emergency, instituting a nightly curfew and calling in help from state troopers and the Maryland National Guard.

Mosby called on the public to remain calm.

"I heard your call for 'no justice, no peace,'" she said. "Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man."

Word traveled quickly of the charges against the officers. In West Baltimore, cars honked their horns. A man hanging out of a truck window pumped his fists and yelled; "Justice! Justice! Justice!"

At the corner where Gray was arrested, 53-year-old Willie Rooks held his hands up in peace signs and screamed, "Justice!"

Meecah Tucker, 23, wearing a T-shirt that read, "I Bleed Baltimore," said: "If it was one of us doing that against a police officer, it would be first-degree murder."

This story will be updated.

Baltimore Sun reporters Kevin Rector, Erin Cox, Justin Fenton, Mark Puente, Doug Donovan, Scott Dance and Alison Knezevich contributed to this report.

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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2015, 03:08:44 PM »
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.: Second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle, misconduct in office.
-- Officer William G. Porter: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office.
-- Lt. Brian W. Rice: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.
-- Officer Edward M. Nero: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.
-- Officer Garrett Miller: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.
-- Sgt. Alicia D. White: Manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office.

In an open letter to Mosby the Fraternal Order of Police asked her to appoint an independent prosecutor, citing her ties to the Gray family's attorney and her lead prosecutor's connections to members of the local media. Mosby said, "The people of Baltimore City elected me and there is no accountability with a special prosecutor."

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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2015, 03:24:55 PM »
The Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby is a Tuskegee grad...


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Mosby grew up in Boston and met her husband while they were students at Tuskegee University in Alabama. After clerking at U.S. Attorney’s offices in Boston and Washington, she joined the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office in 2005 and moved up the ranks before leaving to work for an insurance company.
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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2015, 03:26:10 PM »
Interesting Scenario. In many of these cases where Blacks are killed by police officers under questionable circumstances, the Black community have suggested or requested that a special prosecutor be assigned to the case because the local prosecutors work to closely with the police. However, in this instannce the Police are asking that a special prosecutor be appointed because the elected prosecutor is too close to the attorney for the victim's family and the lead prosecutor is too close to the media.  :shrug: What the hell?

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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2015, 03:27:22 PM »
Wildman,

They want to have total control of that situation and they already know she's not going for it.  Watch they now ask for a change of venue out of Baltimore.



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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2015, 03:34:07 PM »
Wildman,

They want to have total control of that situation and they already know she's not going for it.  Watch they now ask for a change of venue out of Baltimore.

That would not surprise me. 

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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2015, 03:42:24 PM »
They can move it to Richmond.  Those guys are toast.
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Re: MD STATE's ATTORNEY: GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2015, 03:43:50 PM »
The FOP will push back hard on this. You think D'Blasio had it hard in NYC.

 

 

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