African-American officer, Caesar Goodson, is the only one in Freddie Gray’s case who faces second-degree murder and other charges based on other officers' testimony.
Last month, Officer Edward Nero, one of the six Officers accused of being involved in Freddie Gray’s death, was acquitted of all charges. Now the stakes are high as another trial is soon approaching.
The van driver, in addition to facing a second-degree murder, will face charges associated with ignoring officers who were there in the van and advised him to take Gray to Emergency care as they have testified in previous cases against him. According to them, he is responsible for Gray’s death. Also, Doctors report in his autopsy says that the young black man suffered from spine injuries which he incurred at the back of the van.
Goodson, 46, faces second-degree “depraved-heart” murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. Prosecutors say that Goodson was so negligent in his failure to buckle Gray into a seat belt that he disregarded the apparent risk to Gray’s life and well-being.
Officer William Porter, whose trial ended in a hung jury in December, testified that he told Goodson at one of the stops to take Gray to the hospital, but Goodson didn’t. Instead, Goodson made another stop to pick up a second prisoner.
Officer Ceaser Goodson faces 30 years in prison if convicted of a murder charge.
“It would be devastating for the state to lose Goodson’s trial because there’s no question that the ultimate responsibility lies with the van driver,” said Warren Alperstein, a Baltimore attorney who has been closely following the case.
His trial is set to begin tomorrow, June 6, but there are still a lot of questions to answer. Seems like the rest officers involved in the case are just laying the whole blame on the driver, while there is still no reliable evidence about what happened to Gray in the police van and how exactly had he got his injuries. Authorities would be very happy to see a black man as the only guilty person in this case because they hate discussing race problems and police brutality.
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