Following the acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson, other officers ask to dismiss charges
The week after Officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted on all charges, including the second degree murder, in connection to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the remaining four officers filed fresh motions, requesting that their cases be dismissed based on alleged defects in the prosecution.
The prosecution was accused of violating the officers’ right of due process. It stems from two recent disclosures – one relates to a Baltimore sheriff’s major who agreed to sign off on the officers’ charges without knowing adequate details of the investigation. Another defect involves Detective Dawnyell Taylor’s misleading testimony to the grand jury.
So far, no guilty verdicts have been handed down in the three previous trials. Now it seems that the officers, involved into the death of Gray, are not going to be held accountable for their violence at all.
The acquittal of Goodson has shaken the community. It reveals a troubling tendency in the American justice system, where police brutality problem remains unaddressed. Owing largely to “Blue privilege”, killer officers gain an acquittal despite the overwhelming evidence of their guilt.
Two officers in the Gray case have already been acquitted. Clearly, if members of the Black community will not express their disappointment with the verdicts, the other officers will soon walk out of the courtroom unpunished.
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