A judge in Baltimore on Wednesday declared a mistrial after jurors said they could not agree on the guilt or innocence of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter who had been charged on four separate counts related to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered fatal injuries while inside a police van earlier this year.
Not unlike the Ferguson, Missouri investigation, the prosecuting attorney's office did not prepare nor present a solid case. Wonder how many of the jurors or their families fear recrimination/revenge from the police should they convict the Po-po's of the crimes they committed against Gray both individually and as a group? A change of venue for the trial away from the influence of the Baltimore PD should be ordered.
There's also the fact that only the lieutenant should be on trial. He was in command, and bears all responsibility. He might be able to slough a little off onto one or both of the sergeants, but that charges were brought against the patrol cops is a travesty.
Responsibility for a crime is not a subject to a technicality. A captain may be responsible for his ship but his responsibility for the behavior of his crew is a technicality that extends only to the military. He is not subject to arrest for crimes his men may commit eve though the military may remove him from command.
What happened inside that van is a crime and unless the lieut. ordered something to happen specifically that caused the death, his responsibility is not the same as the officer in the van.
However if the chain of command is involved in encouraging such risky behavior that is direct causation even if indirect per incident.
The focus of the prosecution in the killing/murder of Freddie Gray has been suspect from day one! Freddie was seriously injured BEFORE being put into the paddy-wagon! Watch the videos of him being dragged to the van and read the eye-witness statements on how cop had his knee on Freddie's neck and his legs being bent over! pathologists say one cannot break their neck in the back of a van banging your head against the wall!
So why did the prosecutor claim his injuries were caused in the van after the initial arrest? This pattern of incompetent (on purpose) prosecutions or charges hard/impossible to prove or other "mistakes" is long - remember, prosecutors are just cops in suits, they serve the interests of cops, not civilians (with very rare exceptions) - they both are playing for the same team.......
There has been no justice for most people of color killed by police, often with zero justification, and there will be no justice for Freddie Gray or Tamir Rice or Laquan McDonald or all the others - prosecutors must be separated from the cops they protect if there is ever to be justice!
NO JUSTICE - NO PEACE!
I agree with you that prosecutors seem to deliberately choose charges that are going to be almost impossible to prove. Sometimes they "overcharge" ie Murder 1 when it was obviously not pre meditated.
With this sargent they obviously would have a hard time proving it was racially motivated. The plain fact is in most cases a cop can simply claim he or she was "in fear for their life" and get away with it.
They shot a skinny kid named Zach Hammond just down the road from me over the summer, (Seneca, South Carolina) and JUST released the police video. According to the police statement, this kid was shot because he tried to run over the police officer, when the video clearly shows this was not the case. The cop was in camo, unmarked car, tatoos, and ran towards the kid with his pistol drawn. The kid obviously thought he was being attacked. Police not charged...kids crime? They thought his girlfriend had a joint on her..
Until police are held accountable, they will continue to shoot first..ask questions later.
"Another group of protesters called police officers racist, chanting, "No justice, no peace" and, "All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray."
Is there a group of protesters angry and upset at the thousands of American moms like Gloria Darden who failed to properly raise, nurture, socialize and supervise a young developing Freddie Gray who matured into a teen and adult lacking empathy, compassion and respect for his peaceful neighbors, as well as his depressed neighbors who purchased community and people harming dangerous drugs from Freddie Gray?
Is there a group of compassionate, concerned Baltimore residents LOUDLY protesting moms like Gloria Darden and Toya Graham who are chiefly responsible for creating America's expanding and shameful National Epidemic of Childhood Abuse and Neglect, aka Poverty, that for more than two generations has deprived untold numbers of American kids from experiencing and enjoying a fairly happy American kid childhood with Safe Streets to travel and play on.
Child Abuse and Neglect that is primarily responsible for populating our prisons with depressed, angry, frustrated, undisciplined, unpredictable, sometimes suicidal teens and adults full of resentment for irresponsibly being introduced to a life of hardships and struggles.
Early Childhood Abuse and Neglect that often leads depressed, sometimes suicidal (NY Times May 18, 2015 - Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers) children to develop into depressed, angry, frustrated, unpredictable, sometimes suicidal teens and adults lacking empathy and compassion for others, though needing to vent their pent up negative emotions, often causing emotional and physical harm to peaceful people...instead of venting their anger, resentment and pain on the immature single moms and/or dads who introduced them to a life of pain and struggle by irresponsibly building a family before acquiring the practical skills, PATIENCE and means to successfully raise and nurture a developing young child who matures into a fairly happy responsible teen and adult with mostly fond memories of his or her childhood.
The question all concerned, compassionate Americans should seriously be asking ourselves, our elected, civil, social, community and religious leaders is, "What real, substantial changes in our society's attitude and laws need to occur to prevent abuse that often causes young kids to mature into depressed, frustrated, angry teens and adults as a result of experiencing the emotional and/or physical trauma of an abusive childhood?"
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This is a travesty. How long can these pigs keep on killing people of color?
The case is based on violation of departmental regulations, not laws. The Lieutenant's responsibility to supervise, and thus for the acts of his subordinates, is based on those same regulations.
Either you need to putting this harangue on the anti-abortion, anti-contraception websites to show them the fruits of their labor, excuse the pun, or you might better send this message to the US government which has ensured over the years that millions of people, black and white and otherwise, live in wretched conditions without sufficient income, enough to eat, decent housing, transportation, good education, social services that actually do something positive and treat people with respect. Who must live with being scrutinized by violent, racist police who are unaccounable, and are seen as a revenue stream to the current for-profit prison system which almost guarantees that anyone in once will have no future that will allow them to stay out.
And where are the dads in all this. Somehow they are missing from your diatribe in the same way they were probably missing from the children's lives you find so objectionable.
No doubt I have left off many other contributing factors that might need to be considered before blaming the moms.
Have you learned how the injuries were created? Without witnesses we are left only with the end result which were fatal injuries. Was he thrown back and forth because he wasn't strapped in? Were they driving such that his body could be thrown so violently back and forth? Was he injured as he was put in the van or some question was he even seated in the van much less seat belted?
We know he died from injuries received in custody and barring witnesses we are offered supposed explanations for those injuries rather than being able to pinpoint a snapped neck or some intentional human cause injury?
He died... They say Aw Gee I don't know how that happened? Maybe it was because he wasn't wearing a seat belt?
I've owned vans and in those days most passengers didn't use seat belts and I never threw people around because of the way I drove. How about you? When you drive normally do you throw human bodies against the insides of a van with sufficient force to cause fatal injuries?
No, and at the level of a trial it almost doesn't matter. The lieutenant should be carrying the can, possibly with a little assistance from one or both sergeants. He was responsible. If the patroldopes injured Gray because they didn't obey the lieutenant's orders, then he should have immediately lodged at least internal if not also criminal charges against them himself. But, apparently, he did no such thing. So whatever happened, it's on him. Or should be.
If the lieutenant was not in the van himself then no he is not directly responsible unless he gave orders that they should give him a 'rough ride' etc. The criminal behavior which is against policy restricts culpability to those performing the crime. The lieutenant, the captain, the police department nor the mayor cannot control the individual behavior of the men.
That said if the department had an understanding or a record of this rough ride behavior and attempts to stamp it out were not forthcoming then some responsibility/culpability is in order including up to the commissioner and even the mayor (as in attempting to cover it up etc).
The men in the van and in particular the driver are responsible for breaking the law and not following proper police procedure. If there were a lieutenant in the van at the time then he would be responsible for not preventing the driver giving a rough ride, for the prisoner not being strapped in his seat and for not ensuring that the prisoner received requested medical assistance.
You are very confused as to culpability under the law.
If he's not responsible, why was he charged? For fun?
Until now I've remembered not to try to respond to you. I hope I don't make this mistake again.
I see you don't like to be contradicted. Fine but then you should try to be more correct in what you say. If the lieutenant was in the van then he should be charged. If not then exactly what was he charged with? I doubt you know. To prove his direct responsibility would require him to knowingly ignore illegal police behavior (such as a rough ride) or to have permitted such behavior or condoned it.
His being responsible would otherwise be of a limited nature and indirect that is as the ranking officer. Also if the lieutenant was able to observe behavior such as his witnessing the van being driven in a rough ride manner or requests for medical assistance were ignored (including being ignored by him) that would be condoning the behavior and a direct causation link.
However as per our discussion and your limited post, just being the lieutenant is insufficient to link him directly with the criminal behavior of an individual officer.
Once again if he observed such behavior and then did nothing that is in fact condoning it as a superior officer and then he too could and should be held responsible.
He's charged with manslaughter, violation of department regulations, and misuse of authority. I did that from memory, so I may have got the language wrong.
 I didn't quite get it right: involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, 2 counts of official misconduct, and false imprisonment.
In part, 4thefuture wrote, "...send this message to the US government which has ensured over the years that millions of people, black and white and otherwise, live in wretched conditions without sufficient income, enough to eat, decent housing, transportation, good education, social services that actually do something positive and treat people with respect."
Hi, 4tf, thanks for taking the time to reply.
About poverty. Which I believe is a polite euphemism used by people willfully ignoring our expanding and shameful National Epidemic of Childhood Abuse and Neglect, aka Poverty that for more than two generations has deprived untold numbers of American kids from experiencing and enjoying a fairly happy American kid childhood with Safe Streets to travel and play on.
Early in my police career when I was assigned to the Brooklyn community Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter raps/writes about attempting destroy by selling poison to depressed people living and working in his community, and rapping about engaging in extremely harmful anti-social behaviors designed to protect his drug operation from rival gangs in adjoining neighborhoods, a few of my training officers advised me to be prepared to experience "culture shock."
When I asked what is meant by "culture shock," I was told, "You'll find out."
I did find out what "culture shock" is, though it was not a culture of violence and harmful anti-social activities many were insinuating I would be shocked by.
The aspect of this Brooklyn, NY community that shocked me to the core was witnessing children being emotionally scarred by a "American Sub-Culture of Child Abuse/Neglect," aka Poverty that Kendrick Lamar raps and speaks about some twenty-five years after I first witnessed the "American Sub-Culture of Child Abuse/Neglect" that today CONTINUES emotionally damaging many developing children and their communities.
I personally witnessed the emotional trauma and physical pain a young, neglected, unsupervised, Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter is responsible for causing, and its aftermath, leaving a community populated by mostly peaceful people fearing for their safety on a 24/7 basis, which are the hours Shawn's crew/gang were selling community harming substances.
For twelve years on a near daily basis I witnessed the emotional and physical harm or grave physical injuries depressed, substance abusing people cause to their peaceful neighbors when acquiring funds to purchase the community and people harming addictive drugs Shawn Carter joyously raps about selling to his depressed struggling neighbors.
During the twelve years I served this community I met hundreds of peaceful people who were just as shaken, upset and deeply disturbed as I was by the daily displays of violence and other anti-social activities mostly caused by teens and adults who were victims of childhood abuse and neglect.
I was lucky, at the end of my workday I could leave the community, returning to a more peaceful residential community where concerns for me and my family's safety were significantly lower.
However, virtually all of my civilian co-workers, mostly loving, competent moms living in this community were not as fortunate. They were burdened with stresses and challenges my parents did not face to any significant degree.
The added stresses and challenges my peaceful co-workers faced was preventing their children from being negatively influenced by abused, neglected, unsupervised children being raised and nurtured by immature, "living wild" teen moms and young women who irresponsibly begin building families before they acquired the skills, maturity, PATIENCE and means to independently provide for their family of developing children.
In his 2015 Grammy award winning Rap Performance titled "I", Kendrick Lamar writes, "I've been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent."
During a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search) Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and VICTIM DENIAL that was nominated for a Grammy award, told the interviewer:
"Lamar's parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. "My mom's one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton," he says."
"I'm 6 years old, seein' my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin' dope in front of the apartment.
My moms and pops never said nothing, 'cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like 'Average Joe.'"
It seems evident to me Kendrick identified the source of his depression, the roots of poverty, the child abuse/maltreatment that prevented him, his brothers, sisters, cousins, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates from enjoying a fairly happy safe childhood.
Seems the adults responsible for raising the children in Kendrick's immediate and extended family placed obstacles in their children's way, causing their kids to deal with challenges and stresses young minds are not prepared to deal with...nor should they or any other children be exposed to and have to deal with.
It seems evident to me these PARENTAL INTRODUCED obstacles and challenges cause some developing children's minds to become tormented and go haywire, not knowing OR NOT CARING ABOUT right from wrong...because as they mature, young victims of child abuse realize their parents introduced them to a life of pain and struggle, totally unlike the mostly safe, happy life the media showed them many American kids were enjoying. RESENTMENT
I wonder how little Kendrick and his classmates reacted when their elementary school teacher introduced the DARE presenter and they learned about the real dangers of drugs and how they harm people, including their parents? Cognitive Dissonance
I cannot speak for anyone else, but if I was raised in Kendrick's family I would most likely be silently peeved at my parents. particularly my mom who had the final say on whether or not I was born, for being immature, irresponsible "living wild" adults who deprived me, my sisters and brothers of experiencing a safe, fairly happy Average Joe or Josie American childhood.
I have a feeling most Americans would have been just as shaken and disturbed as I was when witnessing on a daily basis children and teens being abused, neglected and unsupervised, which often resulted with them venting their anger and frustrations on their peaceful neighbors.
This video depicts horrific examples of men who were victims of childhood abuse and neglect, conditioning a young teen to embrace 'The Street' culture Baltimore Mom of The Year failed to protect her teen son from...not to mention representing the fear peaceful people living and WORKING in the community experience knowing depressed, angry, unpredictable teens and young adults need to vent their angers and frustrations for being introduced to a life of pain and struggle by irresponsible, "living wild" single moms and/or dads.
Search youtube; /watch?v=C3ChOLiJa8k
This video depicts acts of criminal child abuse, maltreatment and violence against..."A little girl, catching a cool breeze from an air conditioning unit in the yard, was blindsided by another child about her same age, who had evidently had some practice with fighting fierce. The small victim wasn't alone, as there were plenty of nearby witnesses, who could have protected her but didn't because they were too busy recording the brutal beat down and encouraging it." | Written By Amanda Shea
NY Times May 18, 2015 - Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers)
Quoting the NYT article, "The suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, surpassing the rate for white children, a new study has found."
Who is responsible for traumatizing, abusing, neglecting, maltreating children to the point where depressed young kids, we're talking elementary school age children, believe their lives are not worth living?
With all due respect to my American neighbors of African descent, the oppression of humans that led to racism and slavery has been replaced with a new form of human oppression that impedes and deprives many American children from experiencing a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood.
The question all concerned, compassionate Americans should seriously be asking ourselves, our elected, civil, social, community and religious leaders is, what real, substantial changes in our society's attitude and laws need to occur to prevent abuse that often causes young kids to mature into depressed, frustrated, angry teens and adults as a result of experiencing the emotional and/or physical trauma of an abusive childhood?
Black (Children's) Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator's Frustrations
4tf wrote, "And where are the dads in all this. Somehow they are missing from your diatribe in the same way they were probably missing from the children's lives you find so objectionable.
The dads, and more than a few moms are on Youtube producing videos sharply criticizing and denouncing the population of "Ratchett" females harmimg "black" kids. They're railing about the population of immature teen girls and women responsible for perpetuating negative steroetypes about many of my African American neighbors.
I've met way too many "living wild" moms much like this Brooklyn woman.
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Bottom-line 4tf, since ancient times women have been the primary caregivers chiefly responsible for nurturing and socializing society's newborns, infants, toddlers, children and teens.