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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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All Charges Dropped Against Baltimore Officers in Freddie Gray (Nigger) Case (GOOD!!!)

BALTIMORE — The state’s attorney here dropped all remaining charges Wednesday against three city police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, closing the book on one of the most closely watched police prosecutions in the nation without a single conviction — and few answers about precisely how the young man died.

The announcement ended a sweeping, deeply polarizing prosecution that began last spring, as National Guard troops rumbled through the streets, with Baltimore under curfew and residents tense after looting and riots that broke out after Mr. Gray sustained a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody.

Mr. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, had been arrested after he spotted a police presence as he walked with friends and ran away. He was found unresponsive and not breathing after he rode unsecured in a police transport wagon after his arrest on a bright morning in April 2015, and died a week later. Six officers were charged with crimes including manslaughter and murder; the first trial ended in a hung jury, and three more officers were acquitted after trials before a judge.

Wednesday’s extraordinary turn put into sharp relief the wrenching national debate over race and policing, after a month of deadly shootings of black men and deadly retaliations against police officers around the nation. Just a few weeks ago, President Obama pleaded for racial healing after five police officers in Dallas were gunned down by a black Army veteran. The outcome also left the city deeply divided over whether its top prosecutor, Marilyn J. Mosby, 36, had overreached in her initial charges.

Facing cameras in front of a bright-colored mural — a homage to Mr. Gray — in the blighted West Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up, she defended herself, sounding every bit as fiery and passionate as she was a year ago in May when she drew national attention in announcing the charges. She accused the police department of working to thwart her investigation.

“We do not believe Freddie Gray killed himself,” Ms. Mosby said, calling the decision to drop the charges “agonizing.” Complaining she lacked an independent investigatory agency, she added, “Without real substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it, and we would still end up with the same result.”

But a police union official, Lt. Gene Ryan, and lawyers for the six officers struck back, with Lieutenant Ryan calling Ms. Mosby’s accusations “outrageous.” They argued that the judge, Barry G. Williams, who had prosecuted police misconduct while working for the Justice Department, had followed the evidence — even if Ms. Mosby did not like where it led.

“You can get a conviction against the police, whether a bench trial or a jury trial, if you do an investigation,” said one of the lawyers, Ivan Bates. But, he said, if “you quickly want to automatically say that the officers are guilty because they’re the police, then you perpetrate that fear that’s already there and that’s dividing our country.”

The exchanges showed that even in a majority-black city, with a black mayor and a black prosecutor, there are no easy answers to questions involving race and policing. The case featured a black victim and had a black judge. And three of the six officers are black, as is the defense lawyer who spoke on their behalf Wednesday.

In the end, there was anguish on all sides of the debate here and around the country.

“We’re nowhere,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, said in a telephone interview. “Both sides walk away from this feeling like they didn’t get justice — the people who were concerned about Freddie Gray, and the people who are concerned about cops doing their job.”

“We haven’t gotten to the bottom of the Freddie Gray case,” he said.

Despite the lack of convictions, Ms. Mosby, 36, argued that her work had not been for naught; there have been police department reforms, and the city is “one step closer to equality.” Officers now routinely buckle up prisoners traveling in police wagons, she said, and cameras record what happens inside.

In Baltimore, Wednesday’s news was met with grim resignation. Supporters and detractors of the police seemed, by this point, to expect the outcome. And it was clear that, more than a year after the arrest of Mr. Gray, whom officers said was carrying an illegal knife, deep divisions remained.

In the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, where Mr. Gray grew up, residents unanimously agreed with Ms. Mosby’s assertion that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide. Alethea Booze, 72, said she had witnessed the arrest. “He wasn’t hollering until two officers put that knee in his back and he was screaming,” Ms. Booze said. “Everybody was screaming, ‘Call the ambulance, call the ambulance,’ and the officers didn’t do anything.”

All six officers face administrative hearings led by the police in nearby counties. Four are back at work, a in desk jobs. The Department of Justice is investigating the Baltimore Police Department to determine if it engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination.

Ms. Mosby’s move caused ripples on the presidential campaign trial, as the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, who has cast himself as the law-and-order candidate, sharply criticized her, telling reporters, “I think she ought to prosecute herself.”

Ms. Mosby was elected in 2014 on a promise to aggressively prosecute police misconduct; she faces re-election in 2018. But she is under intense pressure from activists who say she has not done enough to prosecute misconduct in less high-profile cases; on Wednesday, she vowed to “fight for a fair and equitable justice system for all, so that whatever happened to Freddie Gray never happens to another person in this community again.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — who decided not to seek re-election after the unrest — asked residents to be patient as they absorbed the news. On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, the mayor called the roll that resulted in the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president, part of her duties as secretary of the Democratic National Committee.

To Black Lives Matter activists, the outcome was a clear disappointment — though perhaps not a surprise. DeRay Mckesson, a leader of the movement who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Baltimore, echoed Ms. Mosby’s call for criminal justice reform.

“The dismissals are a reminder that the laws, practices and policies justify the actions of the police at all costs,” Mr. Mckesson said in a text message. “Freddie Gray should be alive today and someone should be held responsible for his death.”

The officers’ trials opened with a sputter in December, when a jury deadlocked in the case of Officer William G. Porter, who had checked on Mr. Gray during the van ride, but had not belted him in or called medical attention. The mistrial caused delays — Ms. Mosby’s office appealed to Maryland’s highest court in a successful bid to compel Officer Porter to testify against his fellow officers — but the next up, Edward M. Nero, was acquitted in May.

The driver of the van, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., faced the toughest charge — second-degree murder — and was acquitted in June. And Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer present for the arrest, was acquitted this month.

Over four trials, prosecutors and defense lawyers argued that Mr. Gray’s injury had occurred in the van, and Judge Williams agreed in his ruling in Lieutenant Rice’s case. But outside the courthouse, in the streets of Mr. Gray’s neighborhood, another theory on his death has thrived: that he was injured by the officers before he got into the van.

The theory is fed by some witness statements and a video showing Mr. Gray being dragged into the van, his legs mostly limp (although he appeared to make some limited motion), that have impressed themselves far deeper into the city’s consciousness than prosecutors’ arguments have.

That — coupled with the lack of convictions and now the abandonment of the prosecution altogether — has fed a lingering sense of frustration among those who once saw in Ms. Mosby’s prosecution a hopeful sign.

“We thought we were going to get answers — the way proceedings have gone, that has not come about,” said A. Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore lawyer who has represented plaintiffs in police brutality cases. “That’s the tragedy of this case.”

BREAKING: Van Driver In Freddie Gray Case Found Not Guilty On All Counts

Caesar Goodson, the third Baltimore officer to go to trial for the death of Freddie Gray and the person charged with the most serious offenses, was found not guilty of second-degree depraved heart murder, reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, and manslaughter on Thursday morning. The verdict was handed down by Judge Barry Williams, the same judge who cleared Officer Edward Nero of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in May.

When Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in the back of a police van last year, his death put a spotlight on police brutality in Baltimore, as well as illegal “rough rides” that happen regularly in the city. During those rides, officers put handcuffed people in police vehicles without buckling them in, and drive recklessly around the city. Six officers were implicated in Gray’s death, but Caesar Goodson’s role as the van driver during the ride that killed the 25-year-old earned him the harshest charges from State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office.

Gray was thrown about the police van following a violent arrest that left him unable to walk on his own. On the ride to the booking station, Goodson made five stops and Gray was repeatedly denied help. During the third stop, Goodson peered into the van and called for backup, but reportedly failed to explain why an additional officer was necessary. According to the autopsy report, Goodson “opened the doors and observed Mr. Gray lying belly down on the floor with his head facing the cabin compartment, and reportedly he was asking for help, saying he couldn’t breathe, couldn’t get up, and needed a medic,” at the fourth stop. Prior to that stop, Goodson sat Gray back on the bench and continued driving. None of his colleagues buckled the seatbelt or made the decision to get medics involved until the van’s final stop.

In her final autopsy report, the medical examiner Carol H. Allan called Gray’s death a homicide, which she echoed in court. “I had an open mind on the day of the autopsy,” she said on the third day of the trial. “The word ‘accident’ never crossed my lips to anyone, other than to say, ‘This is not an accident.’”

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Prosecutors argued that Goodson didn’t attempt to put the seatbelt on and declined to get medical help, however the focal point of their case was the notion that Goodson drove recklessly on purpose, with the knowledge that Gray wasn’t buckled in. That argument was weakened and scrutinized by Judge Williams, when a key witness couldn’t say whether or not Goodson was making erratic stops and turns.

According to Judge Williams, prosecutors didn’t prove that Goodson took Gray on a rough ride, failed to put the seatbelt on, and failed to get medical assistance.

This is the second trial to officially to conclude in this ongoing case. Prior to Nero’s acquittal, Officer William Porter’s trial ended with a hung jury.

Since charges against the six officers were brought in May 2015, Mosby has been sued by three of the defendants for professional and emotional damages. Meanwhile, Gray’s family received a $6.4 million settlement from the city.

In July, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that all police vans in the city would be equipped with cameras.

UPDATE

In his verdict, Judge Williams noted that not securing Gray may have been “bad judgment,” but the state didn’t prove criminal negligence. He also said the term “rough ride” is “inflammatory” and “not to be taken lightly.”

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.

Massive evidence turned over in Freddie Gray Death case

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A massive amount of emails, medical records and other evidence have been turned over by prosecutors to attorneys representing the six officers who have been charged with the death of Freddie Gray. This is also the first set of public evidence that is being used by the state to weave together its side of the case.

Marilyn Mosy, the State’s attorney last week filed a list that detailed the evidenced turned over to the defense.  However, the evidence itself will remain in private domain until the public trial now slated for October.

The records now turned over include recorded statements given by all the six officers with two statements from Caesar Goodson and Sgt.Alicia white and, both of whom are charged for manslaughter.   Goodson also carries the charge of ‘depraved –heart’ murder.  Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury to his spinal cord while at the back of a van that Goodson was driving.  All the six officers are charged for misconduct in office, second degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Manslaughter charges have been leveled against Officer William Porter and Lt.Brian Rice. Garrett Miller and Edward Nero, both officers face charges of misdemeanor. Each of them made a single statement to investigators.

The index of documents turned over lists 44 CCTV videos, about 8,000 pages emails from the account of the officers’ and over 1,000 photographs including images what is suspected to be blood inside the transport wagon and a knife that was found on gray at the time he was arrested.  The knife has been a contentious point between the attorney for the officers and the state attorney with Mosby claiming that under the state and city law the knife is legal while the defense insists that the knife represents an illegal switchblade.

Yet evidence mentions an agreement with Zachary Novak, an officer who was the lone officer to be present when the event happened and has not been charged with a crime. However, there was no explanation as to what the agreement stated.

Cellphone records and data, statements from 32 witnesses – many of whom police officers, are also part of the evidence turned over.  Kevin Moore is among the civilian witnesses for the state who also recorded Gray’s arrest on cellphone video and initially attracted media attention.

On April 19, Gray died – a week after suffering a neck injury.  The death of Gray inspired protests nearly every day and these protests though largely peaceful turned violent including damage to property at times.  In subsequent weeks, the a civil rights investigation was launched by the US Justice Department to determine if the Baltimore Police Department participates in practices of discriminatory policing including unwarranted arrests and use of excessive force.

What Really Happened To Freddie Gray

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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.”

Baltimore police tensions: One officer’s perspective

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On Friday evening, hours after six Baltimore police officers were charged in thedeath of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, another of the city’s police officers reflected on the turmoil surrounding the case as he and his wife prepared to put their young baby to bed.

“Everyone emails saying there are credible threats against law enforcement and families, to the point that they’re saying if you have police plates you might wanna take precautions [and] remove it,” said the officer, who asked not to be named. For the purpose of this story, he and his wife will be referred to as Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

“We get cussed at, shot at. Crazy stuff is going on,” he added.

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A Baltimore police officer and his wife, who asked not to be identified, discuss the tensions surrounding the Freddie Gray case with CBS News.
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Gray suffered ultimately fatal spinal injuries while being transported in a police van last month. His arms and legs were bound, but he wasn’t secured within the vehicle by seatbelt, as he should have been according to department procedures. Gray’s death sparked protests throughout the city, with tensions boiling over last Monday in the form of riots and violence directed at police, prompting thedeployment of the National Guard and the enforcement of a citywide curfew.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced a host of charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport, including involuntary manslaughter, official misconduct and false imprisonment – Gray never should have been arrested in the first place, Mosby said. The driver of the police van – Officer Caesar Goodson – has been charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder, the most serious of the charges leveled against the officers.

According to the Smiths, the charges seemed to be intended to “make an example” of the police officers.

“When I see what he goes through every night it’s very hard not to sympathize with him and the police, and the officers who were arrested,” said Mrs. Smith. “Given what the media has put up there and the facts that we know, [the charge] seems very extreme.”

“The biggest thing i can see that wasn’t done but should have been done is the buckling in. So from my understanding, that’s a departmental policy and I can see being charged departmentally for that,” said Mr. Smith.

Smith said he sympathized with the Gray family, but worries that the case – and the intense scrutiny it has brought to the department – could compromise police officers’ ability do legitimate policing.

“I feel horrible for the family. It’s a horrible circumstance that I cannot relate to. But if you think of [all] the officers who were not there, and they see the footage, and they see the case as a drug dealer ran and got hurt (…) a lot of the officers I could see them saying ‘We’re wrong no matter what,'” said Mr. Smith,

Mrs. Smith also cautioned against the media painting police officers with a broad brush.

“I feel like there’s no words for some of the things we saw, how they treat the police as a whole and that’s not how they all are. Of course being a police wife, I’m defensive and I care about my husband, so it brings about a whole different kind of stress.”

“Now I have in my head that one little mistake or being associated with someone else who makes wrong decision can impact our entire lives.

The solution, they both agreed, was to focus on community outreach between officers and residents, especially in neighborhoods plagued by mistrust like West Baltimore.

“Anything that gets the police working with the community,” Mr. Smith said. “Some local school did field trips with us to the park, and we did … team-building with kids that were local in our area that we worked. … I thought that was really good.”

“I can see why they may not be thrilled to see us. But at the same time, just like they don’t want us to discriminate against them, I don’t want them to discriminate against me. I know I have a clean conscience.”

Baltimore man detained with Freddie Gray: Police are using me to ‘cover their ass’

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New statements from the Baltimore man who was imprisoned with Freddie Gray in a police van on the night of Gray’s death contradict authorities’ account of the night in question, a local television reporter told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Thursday.

“The key thing to take away is, he did not see Mr. Gray, he couldn’t have seen Mr. Gray,” WBAL-TV’s Jayne Miller said of Donta Allen, who was listed as a source in a police document indicating that Gray purposefully injured himself on the night in question. “I asked him, ‘Did you hear [Gray] say anything?’ He didn’t hear him say anything.”

An affadavit for a search warrant stated that, according to Allen, Gray was “banging against the walls” of the van on April 12. Gray died a week after being taken into custody.

Hayes broadcast the entirety of Miller’s interview with Allen, during which he denies giving police any information, and accused authorities of using him as a scapegoat for their failure to provide Gray with medical assistance.

“They waited 30 to 35 minutes to get [Gray] some medical attention because they want to cover their ass,” Allen told Miller. “So now, since they can’t cover their ass on that, they’re trying to use me to cover their ass.”

Miller told Hayes that when police did eventually seek treatment for Gray, paramedics thought they were being dispatched to take care of a broken arm, instead of having to bring him back from not having a pulse when he arrived at the police department’s western district headquarters.

“That’s a really significant difference because time is of the essence with this kind of injury,” saying it was similar to the spinal injury that paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve. She said her station believes Gray was injured during the first 10 to 15 minutes after being placed in the van.

Prosecutor Cites ‘Probable Cause’ for Homicide Charges in Freddie Gray Case

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/us/freddie-gray-autopsy-report-given-to-baltimore-prosecutors.html?emc=edit_na_20150501

The state attorney of Baltimore, in a unexpected announcement, said Friday that she had probable cause to file homicide charges against the police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who was died after sustaining a spinal cord injury while in police custody.
In a news conference Friday, Ms. Mosby said that the death of Mr. Gray had been ruled a homicide.

Over 100 Arrested in New York Protest Over Death of Freddie Gray

In an aggressive posture designed to tamp down on early signs of unrest, the police arrested more than one hundred people in Manhattan on Wednesday night as protesters marched in a show of solidarity with demonstrators in Baltimore protesting the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who died after being injured while in police custody this month.

One officer was injured when a bottle struck him on the chin, the police said.

Some protesters stopped traffic on Houston Street in Lower Manhattan while others blocked the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. Another group marched uptown to Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen, where, later in the night, a police van filled with marchers who had been arrested sat idling in traffic.

The rally began in Union Square at sunset to denounce the death of Mr. Gray and to criticize the tactics of the police in both Baltimore and New York City, where the use of force has been a charged issue since the death of Eric Garner, a black man, following a confrontation with officers on Staten Island last year.

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The rally on Wednesday began in Union Square at sunset to denounce the death of Freddie Gray and to criticize the tactics of the police in both Baltimore and New York City.CreditMichael Appleton for The New York Times

“It’s all about solidarity,” Carmen Perez, a director of a group that advocates criminal justice reform, Justice League, said during the Union Square rally. “We’re here to spread the message of peace from Baltimore’s initial protests.”

Police officers passed out fliers warning the protesters in Union Square that they would be arrested if they blocked traffic. But as night fell, throngs of people spilled into the streets and broke off into smaller groups that snaked through a half-dozen Manhattan neighborhoods as police helicopters hovered overhead.

“Freddie Gray, Michael Brown. Shut it down, shut it down,” some of the demonstrators chanted, adding the name of the young, unarmed black man killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last year to that of Mr. Gray. “Baltimore is everywhere.”

Some of the people who were arrested were seen being thrown roughly to the ground and handcuffed by the police.

“At one point, they blocked off both sides of our march, and we thought they were going to arrest all of us,” said Marie Lewis, 28, who was marching in Midtown.

Mr. Gray sustained a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody after being arrested on April 12 for possession of a switchblade. His death, the latest involving an encounter between an unarmed black man and police officers, has set off protests, riots and looting in Baltimore.