Marilyn Mosby’s cases against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray has been by all accounts an utter failure, but the state’s attorney was nevertheless defiant on Wednesday when she announced her office is dropping charges against the three officers who still faced trial.
The 36-year-old Mosby, who became a media darling last year when she announced charges against the officers for the arrest and death of Gray, complained during a press conference that the deck was stacked against her and her team of prosecutors.
“While to this day we stand by the decisions, the legal theories, the charges, and assertions set forth in the statements of probable cause and during these proceedings, as officers of the court we must respect the verdicts rendered by the judge,” Mosby said in a fiery speech held at Gilmore Homes, near where Gray was arrested last April 12.
The 25-year-old Gray, who was black, died a week later. Mosby announced charges — including one second-degree murder charge and several manslaughter charges — against six officers (three of whom are black) involved in Gray’s arrest and transport on May 1 following days of rioting in Baltimore.
The three officers acquitted on all charges so far had elected bench trials in front of Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams. They include Ofc. Caesar Goodson, Jr. who was charged with second-degree depraved heart murder. He transported Gray to the hospital in a police van. Mosby asserted that Goodson and the other officers failed to properly secure Gray, who sustained a broken neck while riding in the van.
Williams also acquitted Ofc. Edward Nero and Lt. Brian Rice in a bench trial earlier this year. Ofc. William Porter elected a jury trial, which ended in a mistrial in December.
In her heated remarks, Mosby slammed members of the Baltimore police department investigative team. She also complained that prosecutors were not granted any say on whether the officers would be tried by a jury or by Williams, who is black.
“What we realized very early on in this case is that police investigating police…was problematic,” Mosby shouted.
Source: The Daily Caller | Chuck Ross