Baltimore State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is now zero for four in the trials of Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
The first trial, in December, resulted in a hung jury and that’s the closest she’s come. The remaining trials have been heard as “bench trials” with no jury and the judge alone reaching a verdict. He’s found the three police officers he heard the cases for not-guilty. In the first two trials he had very harsh words for the prosecution.
Freddie Gray was a thug on the streets of Baltimore. He had felony convictions and was a drug dealer. He was arrested in a drug sweep in April and died in police custody on April 19. #BlackLivesMatter took matters into their own hand after his death and tried to burn down Baltimore.
Baltimore’s Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, told the police to stand down as rioters started burning the city. It was only when the Governor – a Republican – threatened to send in the National Guard was some semblance of peace restored.
Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s State Prosecutor, rushed to judgment and convened a grand jury that indicted six Baltimore police officers for Freddie Gray’s “murder.”
The verdict today, in the case of the highest ranking officer at the scene, Lt. Brian Rice, makes three straight verdicts in favor of the defendants and the judge used the same reasoning in each verdict: there was no proof of any of the charges.
Rice was charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
At least three of the officers involved have filed suit against Mosby for malicious prosecution. With any luck they’ll be able to retire comfortably.
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