I must admit that I was happy to hear Marilyn Mosby announce that charges would be filed against the officers who arrested Freddie Gray. I was surprised that the charges came today, but I still believe in the system. It was surprising to see the jubilation within Gray’s community. One of the community pastors said this is a community that does not know what victory looks like. Justice should not be a cause for jubilation it should actually be an expectation, but sadly in some neighborhoods justice is as rare as spotting a unicorn. Justice is what we seek and over the next few months the Freddie Gray case will give us the opportunity to see exactly what justice looks like.
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Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore States Attorney filed charges against the 6 police officers involved in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray. This is a first step.It is wonderful to see the jubilation within the community but they need to be reminded that this is the first step in a long process. The cameras are here and the people are happy, but the spotlight is going to leave Charm City and the real work will begin. People will still need to state engage because while today is a victory the war has only just begun.
SOURCE BALTIMORE SUN
Charges filed in Gray case
Charges will be filed against officers in the death of Freddie Gray, State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said Friday morning.
Mosby said an investigation found officers bound Gray’s wrists and ankles and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.
Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and in cardiac arrest, she said.
Six officers are each facing multiple charges, including manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment: Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero and Officer Caesar Goodson. Goodson, who drove the van, has been charged with second-degree murder, Mosby said.
Mosby called on the public to remain calm.
“I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,'” she said. “Your peace is sincerely needed
as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
Gray was injured after being arrested at Gilmor Homes in West Baltimore on April 12. He died of a severe spinal injury a week later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Sources familiar with the investigation into Gray’s death said Thursday he suffered a serious head injury inside a prisoner transport wagon, with one wound indicating that he struck a protruding bolt in the back of the vehicle.
Police have said that though Gray asked for an inhaler and medical attention during the arrest, they did not provide it. They also said they did not properly restrain him in the back of the police wagon.
“We know he was not buckled in the transportation wagon as he should have been. No excuses from me. Period,” Batts said a week ago. “We know our police employees failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”
It is bound to happen the Freddy Gray story will become old news, and all the media along with their camera crews will move on to the next hot story. All week Baltimore has been the epicenter of the news. The conversation has not just been about Gray, but it has been about education, poverty, the breakdown of the family and how can these problems be addressed. Seems like I heard this same conversation when Ferguson was the hot spot. Sadly, the neighborhood Gray lived in is not on the tourist attraction list for Charm City. These neighborhoods are invincible to everyone except those who live there. There are invisible communities in every major city. The death of Freddie Gray has demanded the public’s attention, but we have a short attention span. So this week all pundits everywhere will ask what can we do, but they are really not going to be interested in this neighborhood and others like it long enough to do anything, but talk about it.
Toya Graham is the toast of the town. She is still being touted as the mother of the year. She is the mother that gave her son a very public beat down and the world is applauding her, but should they? If she did this same act on any other day she would have been arrested. Graham has been on CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC, but a year from now where will she and her son be?
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Thug-a brutal ruffian or assassin.
The President Obama called the Baltimore looters and police attackers “thugs”. He received no criticism. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the same people thugs and she was eviscerated. She has since apologized. This is a divisive issue within the community. Many contend the word has been racialized. Do we only use the word when talking about poor black folks? When young people in Kentucky lost a basketball game and started damaging property and setting off fires they were called “youths blowing off steam”. Were they thugs? Let’s have a discussion about this word. Share your thoughts>
Can’t COGIC do something about this guy?
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