Police Lt. Brian Rice, highest ranking Baltimore cop involved in Freddie Gray’s case was found not guilty of all charges.
In an all too familiar turn of events, the highest ranking officer involved in the death of Freddie Gray has walked away free. He is the third of the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray to be acquitted of all charges.
Freddie Gray died in police custody on April 19, 2015, after suffering a spinal injury in the police van. He was arrested for possessing an illegal switchblade. Among the charges all the officers involved in the crime were facing, an illegal arrest charge was dismissed by the court. It’s still baffling to the mind how the court came to that decision. As a result of a news conference, it became known that six police officers were being charged in connection to Gray’s death. The state attorney for Baltimore Marilyn, J. Mosby confirmed that the knife was indeed not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law.
The report says that Freddie Gray sustained the injuries during transit because he was unsecured in the police van. Six days prior to the event of Freddie’s death, the Baltimore State passed a law that required all arresting police officers the properly secure suspects with a seatbelt. That technicality alone should’ve gotten the reckless endangerment charge to stick.
For many years the United States’ judicial system has displayed unnerving bias when it came to prosecuting law enforcement officers. Cops are rarely indicted for any crimes, and when they are, many of them are acquitted by the court; with many cases ending up like that of Freddie Gray’s. Every acquittal of a cop who should’ve been found guilty in the eyes of the law kills our hopes. It makes fighting against police brutality much harder because the law swings heavily in their favor.
This case looks like it is going to end-up as the numerous ones before it, where cops murder innocent Black civilians and walk away free. We will never know what truly happened in that police van, but we do know Freddie Gray is dead due to the recklessness of six cops. This is why police officers in all states should be required to wear body cameras at all times, so we can always see the way they conduct themselves, and also so that they will know the world is watching and act dutifully.
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