State’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby Announces Criminal Charges In The Death Of Freddie Gray Who Was Critically Injured While In Police Custody.
Most Protesters interviewed greeted Mosby’s announcement with cautious skepticism, and a wait and see attitude. While people were happy that some action was being taken, pessimism was heavily speckled throughout the crowd, according to various press sources.
Despite Mosby’s announcement, Protesters were gathering in Baltimore’s streets for a fair-weather weekend of protests over Gray’s death, allegedly caused while he was injured in police custody. Unrest and an uneasy calm was apparent by most visual media on site in Baltimore streets.
Driver of the police van that carried Freddie Gray in a four-stop ride through Baltimore, Forty-five year-old Officer Caesar Goodson was charged with second degree murder, manslaughter 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.
Despite charges being filed, a man yelled Justice, Justice, Justice, while driving by in a car, and at the corner where Freddie Gray was arrested, Willie Rooks held his hands up in obvious peace signs yelling Justice. In an interview with a reporter, Meech Tucker, who was wearing a T-Shirt reading, “I Bleed Baltimore,” said, “If it was one of us doing that against a police officer, it would be first degree murder,” according to local news sources on site.
Gene Ryan, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said in a letter to Mosby, “As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray. Mosby was asked to appoint an independent prosecutor in the case, citing her ties to the Gray family’s attorney, William Murphy. Mosby’s lead prosecutor’s connection to members of the local media were also cited as cause for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Murphy donated $5,000 to Mosby’s campaign and served on her transition committee.
In a press conference, Ryan said he was going over to Mosby’s office to congratulate her and would ask her to speak at the mass rally, he has planned for Saturday. “under the pressure of the world, she has stood up and put the blame squarely where the blame belongs,” he said.
Despite charges being filed, Protests for Friday and Saturday night in Baltimore and many cities across the nation have been scheduled, according to various news sources. With the level of violence piggy-backing and spilling over from the recent violence in Ferguson Missouri, many people have become disillusioned with the changing role of local and state police in America. The role has changed from the motto of “To Protect and Serve,” to one of a para-military standing army, which our violates American’s civil rights.