RANT: Were murder charges appropriate?


Baltimore: Why Marilyn Mosby may not be able to convict police on murder charges in Freddie Gray’s death
By Alex Ferrer
Published May 01, 2015

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Further complicating her case is the fact that every day people who are arrested often claim to be injured, in pain or having difficulty breathing. It is a common tactic used to get an officer to loosen the handcuffs or release their grip on the defendant so he can continue to fight. As a result, officers faced with such claims sometimes transport the defendant to the hospital wing of their local jail for checkup, but they don’t usually stop on the road and wait for Fire Rescue to arrive. Under those circumstances is a jury going to feel that officers who don’t take immediate action on those frequent claims of injury not only deserve to be sued but deserve to go to prison? Clearly, if they had known Freddie Gray would die, the officers would have transported him quickly and directly to an emergency room. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.

In the end, a jury will decide what criminal charges, if any, are appropriate in this case. Based on the facts laid out today, however, the prosecutor failed to lay out a basis for murder and even manslaughter may be a difficult sale.

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Apparently, this is another rush to judgment by “over charging” the police.

Then, there will be more riots when they are eventually acquitted.

The politicians and bureaucrats make political points pandering to the mob.

And the Nation suffers all the damages.


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