This is Martin O’Malley. Briefly a candidate for President in this year’s election run-up he was the 61st Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015.
This is the late Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.
On April 12, 2015, Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., a 25-year-old African American man, was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department for possessing what the police alleged was an illegal switchblade.
IOW he was stopped for no reason whatsoever — save of course for the fact that he was black.
While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center Gray died on April 19, 2015; his death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord.On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were suspended with pay.
The circumstances of the injuries were initially unclear; eyewitness accounts suggested that the officers involved used unnecessary force against Gray during the arrest—a claim denied by all officers involved
IOW he was beaten to near death before being thrown into the police van. Failing to strap him in properly finished the job.
Commissioner Anthony W. Batts reported that, contrary to department policy, the officers did not secure him inside the van while driving to the police station; this policy had been put into effect six days prior to Gray’s arrest, following review of other transport-related injuries sustained during police custody in the city, and elsewhere in the country during the preceding years. The medical investigation found that Gray had sustained the injuries while in transport.The medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.” On May 1, 2015, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announced her office had filed charges against six police officers after the medical examiner’s report ruled Gray’s death a homicide.
And thus the conundrum. The Police are rarely if ever charged with murder, much less successfully prosecuted for it. And as we all know it’s perfectly legal to kill a black person. If you can’t come up with a reason the “legal authorities” and the “Free Press” will be sure to supply you with one.
The prosecutors stated that they had probable cause to file criminal charges against the six police officers who were believed to be involved in his death. The officer driving the van was charged with second-degree “depraved-heart” murder for his indifference to the considerable risk that Gray might be killed, and others were charged with crimes ranging from manslaughter to illegal arrest.On May 21, a grand jury indicted the officers on most of the original charges filed by Mosby with the exception of the charges of illegal imprisonment and false arrest, and added charges of reckless endangerment to all the officers involved.
“Illegal imprisonment, false arrest and reckless endangerment” MIGHT have worked, but murder? Nope.
Gray’s hospitalization and subsequent death resulted in an ongoing series of protests.On April 25, 2015, a major protest in downtown Baltimore turned violent, resulting in 34 arrests and injuries to 15 police officers. After Gray’s funeral on April 27, civil disorder intensified with looting and burning of local businesses and a CVS drug store, culminating with a state of emergency declaration by Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland National Guard deployment to Baltimore, and the establishment of a curfew. On May 3, the National Guard started withdrawing from Baltimore, and the night curfew on the city was lifted.
Perfectly predictable. Perfectly understandable. And very much desired by White Racists.
In September 2015, it was decided that there would be separate trials for the accused. The trial against Officer William Porter ended in mistrial. Officers Nero, Goodson, and Rice were found not guilty at trial. The remaining charges against the officers were dropped on July 27, 2016
That some of the officers involved in Gray’s murder were black is of no consequence. They knew who they were working for, and what it meant to do so.
As a black man and a lifelong Baltimore resident, Ray Kelly has been stopped by the police more times than he can count. And as a community organizer who tried to document police bias after the death of Freddie Gray, Mr. Kelly, 45, had always expected that an investigation by the Justice Department would uncover a pattern of racial discrimination.
Even so, the department’s findings — a scathing indictment that includes detailed data on how Baltimore police officers have for years systematically stopped, searched and arrested black residents — gave him a jolt. “Hearing the actual numbers, like on the traffic stops, is blowing my mind,” Mr. Kelly said.
In Baltimore, a city that is 63 percent black, the Justice Department found that 91 percent of those arrested for discretionary offenses like “failure to obey” or “trespassing” were African-American. Blacks make up 60 percent of Baltimore’s drivers, but they account for 82 percent of traffic stops. Of the 410 pedestrians who were stopped at least 10 times in the five and a half years of data reviewed, 95 percent were black.
Mr. Gray, 25, died in April 2015 of a spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody. His death set off a wave of looting and violence in Baltimore that prompted the governor to call in the National Guard. But Ms. Rawlings-Blake, who invited the Justice Department investigation, noted that black residents have had a “broken relationship” with the police long before Mr. Gray’s death.
“People say, ‘driving while black, walking while black,’ ” said Brandon Scott, a member of the City Council and vice chairman of its committee that oversees the police. “When you’re talking about zero tolerance, it’s breathing while black.”
Martin O’Malley will NEVER be cited for “Failure to Obey.”
And he knows it.