Prosecutors in the Freddie Gray case hope to compel another officer, Garrett Miller, to testify against fellow officer, Edward Nero.
Maryland prosecutors have filed a motion in Baltimore City Circuit Court asking a judge to force a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray to testify against a fellow officer, Edward Nero, at a trial set for May 10.
According to the court filing made available on Monday, the motion had been filed previous Thursday (March 31) to prevent Garrett Miller, the second police officer charged in the death of Gray, from pleading The Fifth Amendment, which gives provision for him to refuse taking the stand in order to protect his right against self-incrimination.
Miller, Nero and four other police officers were involved in the April 2015 arrest of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from spinal injuries sustained in custody, sparking nationwide protests and riots.
Both Nero and Miller have pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct.
This development follows a state appeals court ruling dated March, which demanded that officer William Porter testifies against his colleagues Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Caesar Goodson, who are facing manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges in the same case.
Like many African American men, who have died at the hands of police, Gray was arrested by these officers without due cause and subjected to inhumane treatments that subsequently led to his death.
His family and the families of all the innocent black men and women, who have fallen victim to similar brutality, need the law to be upheld in this case and all other cases involving officers misusing their badges and guns.
Therefore all legal avenues must be explored in order to bring these officers to justice.
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