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Baltimore Officers Will Face No Federal Charges in Death of Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON — Six Baltimore police officers will face no federal charges in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died of a severe spinal cord injury while in custody, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

“After an extensive review of this tragic event, conducted by career prosecutors and investigators, the Justice Department concluded that the evidence is insufficient,” the department said in a statement, adding that it was unable to prove the officers “willfully violated Gray’s civil rights.”

The closure of the criminal civil rights investigation into Mr. Gray’s death, which prompted unrest in Baltimore, a predominantly black city, and a federal examination of its police department’s practices, means that no officers will be held criminally responsible in his death.

Mr. Gray was arrested in April 2015 and charged with illegal possession of a switchblade after running from officers. Following his arrest, he rode in a police van — shackled but unsecured by a seatbelt, as required by police department regulations — and was found unresponsive. He died the following week.

Six officers were charged by the Baltimore state’s attorney with crimes related to Mr. Gray’s death, including manslaughter and murder. All were cleared in those cases as well.

 

“At no time did we ever believe that there was evidence that any of the officers violated anyone’s civil rights or were guilty of violating any federal laws,” Michael E. Davey, a lawyer for the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said in a statement on Tuesday.

In August, the Justice Department issued a blistering report detailing misconduct and the use of excessive force by the city’s Police Department, which is operating under a consent decree — a court-enforceable agreement to enact reforms — entered into during the Obama administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has criticized such agreements, saying they vilify law enforcement and inhibit police officers trying to do their job. Mr. Sessions has called for a sweeping review of such consent decrees, and the Justice Department unsuccessfully sought to delay Baltimore’s implementation of its agreement to overhaul policing practices.
The six officers involved in Mr. Gray’s death still work for the Baltimore Police Department, Nicole Monroe, a spokeswoman, said on Tuesday. Five of them face internal administrative investigations while one, William G. Porter, has been cleared.

“He’s been back on the force, and he’s very relieved,” Joseph Murtha, a lawyer for Mr. Porter, said on Tuesday. “I was always optimistic that at the end of the investigation, they would conclude there’d be no basis for a civil rights investigation.”

The bar for charging police officers with federal civil rights violations is extremely high, and prosecutions are rare.

“These cases are very difficult, obviously — the state prosecution demonstrated that,” A. Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore lawyer who has represented plaintiffs in police brutality cases, said of the investigation into Mr. Gray’s death. “But I expected this to happen, based on the comments of the attorney general and the president himself. The top people in the Justice Department are saying, ‘We’ve got the back of the police.’”

Mr. Pettit referenced President Trump’s remarks in July in which he urged the police not to be “too nice” in transporting suspects. A White House spokesman later called that comment a joke, though many in law enforcement took it seriously and were quick to repudiate any inappropriate use of force.

“What can you expect from an administration that makes those comments?” Mr. Pettit said.

This year, the Justice Department announced similar decisions in two other high-profile civil rights investigations in which men died at the hands of police officers: the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man in Louisiana, and the shooting death of James Boyd, a mentally ill man in New Mexico.

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Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

Statues dedicated to Confederate heroes were swiftly removed across Baltimore in the small hours of Wednesday morning, just days after violence broke out over the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.

Beginning soon after midnight on Wednesday, a crew, which included a large crane and a contingent of police officers, began making rounds of the city’s parks and public squares, tearing the monuments from their pedestals and carting them out of town.

Small crowds gathered at each of the monuments and the mood was “celebratory,” said Baynard Woods, the editor at large of The Baltimore City Paper, who documented the removals on Twitter.

“The police are being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies,” Mr. Woods said in an interview.

The statues were taken down by order of Mayor Catherine Pugh, after the City Council voted on Monday for their removal. The city had been studying the issue since 2015, when a mass shooting by a white supremacist at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., prompted a renewed debate across the South over removing Confederate monuments and battle flags from public spaces.

The police confirmed the removal.

By 3:30 a.m., three of the city’s four monuments had been removed. They included the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument, a double equestrian statue of the Confederate generals erected in 1948; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1903; and the Roger B. Taney Monument, erected in 1887.

Taney was a Supreme Court chief justice and Maryland native who wrote the landmark 1857 decision in the Dred Scott case, ruling that even free blacks had no claim to citizenship in the United States. Although Taney was never part of the Confederacy, the court’s decision was celebrated by supporters of slavery.

The fourth statue, the Confederate Women’s Monument, was dedicated in 1917.

One Twitter user, James MacArthur, live-streamed the removal of the Lee and Jackson monument as it was unceremoniously torn from its pedestal and strapped to a flatbed truck. At street level, lit by the harsh glare of police klieg lights, the two generals appeared small.

Residents were seen celebrating on the pedestal, on which someone had spray-painted “Black Lives Matter.”

A team of police cars escorted the statues out of town. Ms. Pugh suggested on Monday that the statues might be relocated to Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in the state. (Although Maryland never seceded from the Union during the Civil War, there was popular support for the Confederacy in Baltimore and Southern Maryland, where Confederate soldiers are buried.)

One city councilman said the statues should be destroyed, not just moved.

“These people were terrorists. They were traitors. Why are we honoring them?” Councilman Brandon M. Scott said at a meeting on Monday.

A group of protesters made up of so-called alt-right activists and white supremacists demonstrated against the removal of a Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, clashing with counter-protesters. One woman was killed when a driver rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters; the police have charged an Ohio man who has expressed far-right views. Two state troopers monitoring the event were also killed in a helicopter accident.

Tensions were further inflamed on Saturday when President Trump refused to clearly denounce the protesters, some of whom carried Nazi banners and Confederate battle flags. Although he condemned the Ku Klux Klan, “neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” in a statement on Monday, Mr. Trump said Tuesday that parties on “both sides” of the debate were to blame for the deadly violence.

Justice Department to release scathing report on Baltimore police force

Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday.

The report, the culmination of a yearlong investigation into one of the country’s largest police forces, also found that officers make large numbers of stops — mostly in poor, black neighborhoods — with dubious justification and unlawfully arrest citizens for speech deemed disrespectful. Physical force is used unnecessarily, including against the mentally disabled, and black pedestrians and drivers are disproportionately searched during stops, the report says.

The Justice Department released a copy of the report in advance of its public announcement at an event Wednesday morning in Baltimore.

The report represents a damning indictment of how the city’s police officers carry out the most fundamental of policing practices, including traffic stops and searches and responding to First Amendment expression. Beyond that, though, it could serve as a blueprint for change: The Justice Department is seeking a court-enforceable consent decree that would force the police agency to commit to improvements to avoid a federal lawsuit.

The Justice Department in recent years has undertaken similar wide-reaching investigations into police in Chicago, Cleveland, Albuquerque and Ferguson, Missouri, among other cities.

The federal investigation was launched after the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but left unrestrained in the back of a police van. The death set off protests and the worst riots in the city in decades.

Instead of focusing on the circumstances of Gray’s death, the report examined a slew of potentially unconstitutional practices, including excessive force and discriminatory traffic stops, at the department. Federal investigators spent more than a year interviewing Baltimore residents, police officers, prosecutors, public defenders and elected officials, as well as riding along with officers on duty and reviewing documents and complaints.

Among the findings: Black residents account for roughly 84 percent of stops, though they represent just 63 percent of the city’s population. Likewise, African-Americans make up 95 percent of the 410 people stopped at least 10 times by officers from 2010 to 2015.

During the same time period, officers stopped 34 black residents 20 times, and seven African-Americans 30 times or more, while the report says that no individuals of any other race were stopped more than 12 times.

One man who spoke to investigators said he was stopped 30 times in less than four years. At least 15 of those stops, he said, were to check for outstanding warrants. None of the stops resulted in charges.

In addition to pat-downs, Baltimore officers perform unconstitutional public strip searches, including searches of people who aren’t under arrest.

The report also says officers routinely use unreasonable and excessive force, including against juveniles and civilians who aren’t dangerous or posing an immediate threat. Force is often used as a retaliatory tactic in instances where officers “did not like what those individuals said.”

“BPD teaches officers to use aggressive tactics,” the report reads. “BPD’s trainings fuel an ‘us vs. them’ mentality we saw some officers display toward community members, alienating the civilians they are meant to serve.”

The report partially blames the department’s unconstitutional practices on a “zero tolerance” policy dating back to the early 2000s, during which residents were arrested en masse for minor misdemeanor charges such as loitering.

Although the department has publicly denounced these practices after a 2010 settlement with the NAACP, which sued the department over the policing strategy, “the legacy of the zero tolerance era continues to influence officer activity and contribute to constitutional violations,” the report says.

Officers also routinely stop and question individuals without cause or a legitimate suspicion that they’re involved in criminal activity, the report says: No charges were filed in 26 of every 27 pedestrian stops. The directives often come from supervisors. In one instance, a supervisor told a subordinate officer to “make something up” after the officer protested an order to stop and question a group of young black men for no reason.

Unconstitutional frisks are also rampant, the report says. In one incident in 2010, a man fled from an officer patrolling a “high-crime area.” The officer proceeded to fire his stun gun at the running man’s back, striking him several times. When the officer was able to detain the man, he frisked him but found no weapon. The officer’s report “provides no reason to believe the man was armed.”

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the city’s top prosecutor, said she expected the report to “confirm what many in our city already know or have experienced firsthand.”

“While the vast majority of Baltimore City Police officers are good officers, we also know that there are bad officers and that the department has routinely failed to oversee, train, or hold bad actors accountable,” she said in a statement.

She said she was confident that the federal probe would “lead to even more reforms which is an important step in ensuring best practices for a fully functioning police-prosecutor relationship.”

Six officers, three white and three black, were charged in the death of Gray. Three were acquitted, another officer’s trial ended in a mistrial and the charges against the others were dropped.

Baltimore Professor: White People Need To Personally Give All Their Money To Black People… Read more: http://louderwithcrowder.com/baltimore-professor-white-people-need-to-personally-give-all-their-money-to-black-people/#ixzz3ud0p8rtH Follow us: @scrowder on Twitter | stevencrowderofficial on Facebook

 

Yes, you read that title correctly.

Unfortunately some of you were born white. Guilty.  All that money you’re making? If you’re white, you didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.

So here’s what you should do. Take that extra savings you have, or money you were saving for a family trip to Disney World, and give it away. Not to starving children or to the Red Cross, though. You’re supposed to find a black person, any black person, and deposit that money directly into their bank account. Solely because they are black. Does that sound racist in and of itself?

Your white privilege is showing.

Now, lest ye think we deserve a boatload of hatemail for suggesting such a thing, we direct you to the source of this utter lunacy: Lawrence Brown. Mr. Brown is an assistant professor in the Public Health Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore. This leftist activist teaches that black Americans require reparations, that America is still segregated, and black Americans continue to suffer from the historical trauma of white supremacist America.

His solution to these perceived problems? Take your white privilege money (which he defines as “unearned” if you are white), and give it to a black person. Because you’re personally responsible for slavery and need to pay. Or something. Seriously. See below.

https://twitter.com/BmoreDoc/status/605165320299532288

Again, for someone who claims to fight against racism, I don’t think I’ve quite seen anyone speak in such sweeping generalities. What say you? When you head to the bank this evening, will you be making a withdrawal of your unearned money to deposit in a black person’s account… because, privilege?

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Baltimore Doctors to Perform First Penis Transplant in the U.S. on a Soldier Injured in Afghanistan

For the first time in the United States, surgeons will perform a penis transplant on a veteran who was severely injured during combat.

Doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore received permission to conduct as many as 60 transplants on veterans with genital injuries. The first surgery could happen in the next few months, on a soldier who was hurt from a bomb blast in Afghanistan, The New York Times reports.

Between 2001 and 2013, 1,367 men, most under 35 years old, underwent genital damage in Iraq and Afghanistan, often from homemade bombs.

“These genitourinary injuries are not things we hear about or read about very often,” Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, the chairman of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins tells The New York Times. “I think one would agree it is as devastating as anything that our wounded warriors suffer, for a young man to come home in his early 20s with the pelvic area completely destroyed.”

The new organs, which come from a deceased donor, start functioning within a few months, allowing the new owner to urinate, feel sensation and have sex.

The one previous successful transplant occurred in South Africa in December 2014, and six months later the man was able to conceive a child with his girlfriend.

The only other attempted transplant was in China in 2006, but the man psychologically rejected the donor penis, and asked to have it removed, according to the Johns Hopkins doctors. They recognize that the same scenario is very possible with their 60 veterans, and said they will monitor the patients before opening up the surgery to others.

However, they say that the psychological damage from losing the penis is already emotionally shattering.

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“To be missing the penis and parts of the scrotum is devastating,” Dr. Richard J. Redett, director of pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins, said. “That part of the body is so strongly associated with your sense of self and identity as a male.”

If the operations are successful, it could open up new options for transgender patients.

“Once this becomes public and there’s some sense that this is successful and a good therapy, there will be all sorts of questions about whether you will do it for gender reassignment,” Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins said.

But he questions who would come first in line for a donated penis.

“What do you say to the donor? A 23-year-old wounded in the line of duty has a very different sound than somebody who is seeking gender reassignment,” Kahn said.

Baltimore Reaches Settlement in Death of Freddie Gray

The family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose death from a spinal cord injury while in police custody set off riots in Baltimore in April, has reached a $6.4 million settlement with the city, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.

The proposed settlement, which will be taken up by the Board of Estimates — the panel that approves contracts and purchases for the city — at its meeting on Wednesday, does not “constitute an admission of liability on the part of the city, the Baltimore Police Department, individual Baltimore Police officers,” or anyone else who might be responsible for Mr. Gray’s death, Ms. Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.

The settlement comes as judicial hearings are just beginning in the cases of six officers facing criminal charges in Mr. Gray’s death. Last week, Judge Barry G. Williams of the Baltimore City Circuit Court ruled that the six would be tried separately; on Thursday, Judge Williams will conduct another hearing to consider a request by defense lawyers to move the trials outside Baltimore.

“The proposed settlement agreement going before the Board of Estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial,” Ms. Rawlings-Blake said. The proposed settlement will be paid as $2.8 million in the current fiscal year and $3.6 million in the year beginning in July 2016.

Mr. Gray was arrested April 12 in West Baltimore, a blighted neighborhood of boarded-up rowhouses. His death on April 19 set off nearly two weeks of largely peaceful protests, followed by a night of looting and arson — the worst rioting Baltimore has seen since 1968. It also opened a deep wound in Baltimore, a majority black city with an African-American mayor and a history of tensions between black residents and the police.

In filing criminal charges against the six officers, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn J. Mosby, has asserted they improperly arrested and shackled Mr. Gray, flouting police rules and standards of decency by loading him into a police van without required safety restraints, and ignoring his pleas for help during the ride. Ms. Mosby has argued that the spinal cord injury that killed Mr. Gray occurred while he was being transported in the van.

The six face varying charges. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the police van in which Mr. Gray was injured, is charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder — in essence, murder with willful disregard for human life. Sgt. Alicia D. White, Lt. Brian Rice and Officer William G. Porter are charged with manslaughter. Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett Miller face lesser charges, including second-degree assault.

On Thursday, lawyers for the six officers are expected to argue before Judge Williams that the officers cannot get a fair trial in Baltimore because of the intense publicity surrounding the case.

The lawyers had also sought to have Ms. Mosby and her office removed from the case, citing conflicts of interest and prosecutorial misconduct, but Judge Williams rejected those arguments in a hearing last week.

In a statement, the Baltimore police union questioned the timing of the settlement, saying that it threatened to “interrupt any progress made toward restoring the relationship” between members of the Baltimore police and city officials.

“To suggest that there is any reason to settle prior to the adjudication of the pending criminal cases is obscene and without regard to the fiduciary responsibiity owed to the taxpaying citizens of the city,” the president of the police union, Lt. Gene Ryan, said in the statement.

Correction: September 8, 2015
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the amount of the settlement. It was $6.4 million, not $.6.4.

3 Killed, 1 Injured in Mass Shooting Near University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus

http://www.people.com/article/university-of-maryland-shooting-gunman-kill-3-near-baltimore-campus

A fatal shooting near the University of Maryland campus in Baltimore left three people dead and one person injured.

Police responded to a report of a shooting at around 10:30 p.m. just a few blocks from the school campus, CBS News reports.

Officers found a woman and two men with gunshot wounds. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two were taken to a nearby hospital, where they later died.

A fourth person, a woman, walked into another hospital with a gunshot wound from the incident. She is listed in stable condition, police said Wednesday morning. Authorities do not believe any of the victims were students.

According to UMB police, who first reported the shooting, two light-colored vans pulled over alongside the group of four and began firing.

Students have been advised to use caution in the area.

Justice Department Will Investigate Baltimore Police Practices

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/us/politics/justice-department-will-investigate-baltimore-police-practices-after-freddie-gray-case.html?emc=edit_na_20150507

The Justice Department will investigate whether the Baltimore Police Department engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional policing, law enforcement officials said on Thursday, a day after the mayor asked for an inquiry.
The request by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came days after the state’s attorney for Baltimore filed criminal charges against six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 after being injured while in police custody, setting off large demonstrations, arson and looting.

Baltimore Seeks Justice Department Inquiry Into Its Police Practices

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/us/mayor-stephanie-rawlings-blake-asks-justice-department-to-review-baltmore-police.html?emc=edit_na_20150506

The mayor of Baltimore on Wednesday called for the Justice Department to conduct a civil rights investigation into her city’s Police Department and see if there are patterns of abuse or discrimination.
“We all know that Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, in the wake of protests over the treatment of Freddie Gray, the young black man who was fatally injured in police custody.
“We have to have a foundation of trust,” she said, “and I believe that we need the assistance of the Department of Justice and the civil rights investigation to shore up that foundation, which is weak right now in this city.”
The mayor said she had told the new attorney general, Loretta E. Lynch, in a private meeting Tuesday, that she intended to ask for an investigation into whether there is a “pattern or practice” of policing producing civil rights violations. Ms. Lynch, she said, “understands the urgency of this request.”
The Justice Department has wide discretion in whether to conduct an investigation, how broad to make it, and what kinds of remedies to seek, and the mayor’s request raises the political stakes for Baltimore’s leaders. In some cities, such inquiries have led to court-ordered changes in policing and oversight by the Justice Department — a loss of local control that mayors often resist.

What Really Happened To Freddie Gray

http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=1028
THE JEW-OWNED PRESS would have us believe that Freddie Gray merely made eye contact with police and then fled. 

This prompted, as the Jew spin goes, the cops to ‘pursue, arrest, and murder’ Gray. Cops murder another innocent black.

Bull.

The six cops, 3 blacks and 3 whites, are political prisoners of the Jew agenda to make a martyr out of a black criminal so as to denigrate White Christian society.

Here’s what likely happened to Freddie Gray that the Jews won’t tell you.

Lieutenant Rice and Officers Nero and Miller were on bike patrol near the corner of North Avenue and Mount Street.

Rice sees convicted drug-trafficker Freddie Gray, doubtless on probation or parole, apparently ‘dealing’ in a high drug traffic area.

A guilt-ridden Gray, as soon as he “locks eyes” with Rice, bolts like a rabbit. A short foot pursuit ensues.

There is now “reasonable suspicion” for a field “Terry” stop and detention on Gray.

Gray had an Arrest Record a mile long. Earlier arrests were drug offenses, later ones progressed to show arrests for violent crimes.

Gray resists arrest and starts swinging. The officers grapple him to the ground and prone him to handcuff him, which a combative Gray resists.

Gray is then frisked and a “spring assisted” knife is found in his pocket. There is now “probable cause” for arrest. He’s charged with carrying an illegal weapon.

Rising star state prosecutor Mosby states that the knife was not a switchblade and is lawfulunder Maryland law.

However, Gray was not arrested under the Maryland Criminal Code but under the Baltimore City Code Weapons Violation §59-22 Switch-blade knives.

IN THE PADDY WAGONTHE PADDY WAGON arrives driven by Officer Goodson, a black senior officer with no history of complaints for misconduct or else the Jew media would be screaming it. 

Gray starts kicking the rear doors and Goodson calls for assistance to put leg cuffs on Gray.

Because the cops don’t want to risk getting bitten or head-butted by Gray, he was again not seat-belted to the metal bench.

Goodson, driving solo, then makes a “mystery stop” at what turns out to be a neighborhood food market.

Hearing Goodson leave, Gray stands up to slip his hands, cuffed in the back, down over his butt to bring them to the front, as seen in this example.

As reported, the only evidence of trauma was the spinal cord injury diagnosed at the hospital, not visible from the outside, and later the mark of a bolt matching the paddy wagon’s rear door bolt on the crown of Gray’s head.

Police claim the injury was caused when Gray, standing, slammed into the back of the paddy wagon, apparently breaking his neck with a “mark” he sustained on the top of his head that matches a bolt in the back of the transport van.

There are otherwise no other outward signs of trauma.

In order to receive such a mark on the crown of his head, identified as a particular bolt, Gray was facing the rear door and standing bent over close to 90 degrees at the waist.

With Gray bending forward trying to slip his cuffs down while facing the rear door, a normal acceleration would pitch him headfirst into the door, effectively similar to being dropped on his head. View Entire Story HereHere & Here.

THE SIX COPS are “defendants.” They are “innocent” until proven guilty.

But in ‘get whitey’ JEWmerica, they’re ALREADY proven “guilty.”