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    Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    It's official, the police officers who arrested Gray will face criminal charges.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/5/1/8529319/...e-gray-charges

    Freddie Gray's death has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, and criminal charges will be filed against the police officers involved in his arrest, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on Friday.

    The charges against the six officers involved in Gray's death include second-degree murder, manslaughter, and assault charges. The New York Times's Alan Blinder tweeted a full list of the charges:
    https://twitter.com/alanblinder/stat...55235033096192

    Mosby said Gray's arrest was unlawful. Police said they arrested Gray for allegedly possessing a switchblade — but Mosby said the knife was legal, and police didn't discover it until after the arrest.

    Gray received a fatal spinal cord injury while under police custody. He died on April 19, a week after his arrest.

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    About damn time.

    Hope these murderers are brought to justice.

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    The lawyer for the six suspects of police brutality has stated that the six acted without wrongdoing.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32561056

    A lawyer for six Baltimore police officers says they "did nothing wrong", after criminal charges were announced against them in the case of Freddie Gray who died in police custody.

    Lawyer Michael Davey said the officers "at all times acted reasonably and in accordance with their training".

    Baltimore state prosecutor Marilyn Mosby earlier said the death of the 25-year-old black man was a homicide and his arrest had been illegal.

    Gray's death sparked violent protests.

    But after the charges were announced on Friday afternoon, celebrations broke out across Baltimore. Drivers honked their car horns as people took to the streets with fists raised in triumph.
    It is normally easy to criticise defence lawyers of unpopular suspects (at least by sections of the population - many others will continue to revere those accused of police misconduct), but the lawyer's statements suggest an intention of maximally exploiting the systematic pro-police bias.

    Speaking to reporters, Mr Davey accused Ms Mosby of an "egregious rush to judgement".

    "As all of the facts surrounding this case come out in the appropriate form, the officers' lack of wrongdoing will be made abundantly clear."

    Mr Davey insisted that Gray's injuries "did not occur as a result of any action or inaction on the part of these officers."

    He also said that the defence team had "grave concerns about the fairness and integrity of the prosecution of our officers".

    All six officers have been suspended and were charged after they voluntarily presented themselves at the city jail. They have now been released from detention on bail.

    Ms Mosby earlier rejected a police union request to step aside and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case.

    The prosecutor said the findings of an independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner's view that the death was a homicide, had "led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges".
    One supposes the composition of the jury would play an important role for how bias plays out, with no conviction the likelier conclusion and that becoming more probable the larger the geographic region is. But unfortunately I do not know how widely the net would be cast for juror selection and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office website isn't specific about the particulars either.

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    Baltimore, the pioneer of the modern American ghetto:

    http://www.vox.com/2015/5/10/8578077...gation-pietila

    A lot has been written about Baltimore recently, but the most insightful commentary often comes from people who are not directly addressing the news. Back in 2010, Antero Pietila wrote Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City about Baltimore (h/t Tyler Cowen). The shaping was not subtle. Indeed, with a 1910 residential segregation ordinance passed by the City Council, Charm City literally invented the idea of legally enforcing neighborhood-level segregation:

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    The newsroom of Fox News got into race riot mood when an anchor and a guest exploded after mundane comments by Baltimore City State's Attorney.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/5/29/8687205...justice-racism

    Fox News's Megyn Kelly is outraged that Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who's prosecuting the cops behind Freddie Gray's death, previously stated some basic facts about the criminal justice system.

    "The criminal justice system ... has historically and disproportionately affected so many communities of color, and what we're seeing right now when we turn on the news and we open up the newspaper is that frustration," Mosby said on April 28, according to Fox News. "So we will pursue justice by any and all means necessary."

    Kelly and her guest, former judge Andrew Napolitano, described Mosby's comments as politically motivated, alleging that she's prejudicing her case against the cops involved in Gray's death to run for higher office. "[S]he appears to be a problem," Kelly said. "I mean, schooled and learned lawyers in the state of Baltimore are coming out using the word 'disbarment' for this type of behavior when it comes to a DA."

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    O'Malley, confirmed today as another challenger in the Democratic primaries, will have a hard time on his heavy-handed policing record in Baltimore, despite his otherwise progressive and centre-left record.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/5/30/8691529...illary-clinton

    Martin O’Malley announced Saturday that he will challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination -- arguing he is the progressive alternative on issues like economic inequality, trade, unauthorized immigration, and same-sex marriage rights. On several of these issues, the former Maryland governor and mayor of Baltimore has big achievements that he can tout.

    O’Malley is known for taking a zero-tolerance approach to policing. That record became part of the national conversation this spring when protests erupted in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died in police custody. The demonstrations were rooted in the deep mistrust between police and inner-city communities -- a dynamic that O'Malley's critics say is a direct result of his policies.

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    The charges have been upheld at the first pre-trial hearing and the prosecutor Marilyn Mosby will also remain on the case. The actual trial will start in October.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34131423

    A US judge has refused to drop charges for six police officers accused over the death of a black man in police custody, a case that sparked rioting in Baltimore in April.

    The judge also rejected a motion to have the prosecutor recused at a hearing in the Freddie Gray death case.

    Dozens of protesters have gathered outside the courthouse in Baltimore, amid heightened police security.

    Gray, 25, died from a severe spinal cord injury while in custody in April.

    His death, which was ruled a homicide, is one of several involving black Americans and police officers which has sparked unrest and national debate over police and race relations.

    The officers have pleaded not guilty to the charges, which range from false imprisonment to involuntary manslaughter.

    Police say they have made one arrest so far on Wednesday, but the protests were mainly peaceful.

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    Baltimore has revealed a proposed settlement with Freddie Gray's family.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34191031

    The city of Baltimore says it has reached a proposed $6.4 million (£4.2M) wrongful death settlement with the family of Freddie Gray.
    Baltimore police have admitted he was not secured by a seatbelt, as required by law, and he was denied medical attention while in the van.

    The settlement would "resolve all civil claims related to the City of Baltimore, the Baltimore Police Department, individual Baltimore Police offers and any other persons or institutions who might be deemed responsible for the death of Mr Gray," according to a statement from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake.

    The payment does not resolve any "factual disputes" surrounding his death and does not admit liability or fault on the part of the city or the police department, the statement added.

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    Baltimore mayor Rawlings-Blake won't seek reelection in 2016.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34225995

    The mayor of Baltimore has announced that she will not seek re-election when polls are held in 2016.

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made the announcement five months after wide scale rioting erupted following the death of a black man who was injured in police custody.

    She recently announced that the city had settled with the family of victim Freddie Gray for $6.4m (£4.15m) to avoid civil litigation.

    Ms Rawlings-Blake became mayor in 2010.

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    Re: Charges in Case of Gray's Death in Police Custody

    Follow-up: All four charged with felony charges have been acquitted and will receive back pay. Gray's family have received a settlement from Baltimore to avoid civil action.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/mar...822-story.html

    Two more Baltimore police officers, cleared of charges in the death of Freddie Gray, are set to receive a combined $167,000 in back pay.

    The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is scheduled to authorize a payment of $96,855 to Officer Alicia White and $70,523 to Officer William Porter.

    White and Porter were cleared of manslaughter, misconduct and other charges on July 27, when Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby decided to drop the charges against them.

    White and Porter were among four officers charged with felonies in connection with Gray's arrest and death. They had been suspended without pay since May 1, 2015, under police department policy. Having been acquitted, they are now entitled to back pay under that policy.

    Earlier this month, the Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, authorized a payment of $126,916 to Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in Gray's death.

    Last month, the city's spending panel approved $87,705 in back pay for Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the driver of the van in which Gray sustained his injuries. Both Rice and Goodson were acquitted at trial by Circuit Judge Barry Williams, who found them not guilty of all charges.

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