Get the facts and don’t draw conclusions as the officers are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
This isn’t about race. The Freddie Gray case is an instance spotlighting how suspects are handled in accordance with due process. It is about whether or not protocols were followed. It is about the hazards and risks of being on the wrong side of law and order. It is about the root causes of crime and urban violence in America. It is about discrimination against an affected class of impoverished people. It is about how to change and improve the cycle that perpetuates breaches of security for citizens in urban America.
In the instance of Baltimore, it is a test for young women who have broken barriers to become the Mayor (Stephanie Rawlings-Blake) and states prosecuting attorney (State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby) as they attempt to promote fairness and correctness in the justice system. It is about a Mayor and her ability to maintain confidence in her administration from both constituents and her own law enforcement personnel. The spotlight is on Baltimore citizens and the city’s leadership to determine when and if it is safe to return to Baltimore for any reason, because now it is not.
Baltimore is not an island unto itself. It is a part of the State of Maryland that must ensure support for this important asset. It is about the United States government’s policies toward ensuring a secure America that has the safest cities in the world because it eliminates poverty, educates to produce upward mobile people, and creates meaningful opportunities for them as a part of a sustainable economy that affords a good life for all citizens who work hard to earn it.
We the public won’t know all of the facts in this case until they are revealed in a court of law.
One principal question is what was the probable cause for police approaching and arresting Freddie Gray?
If there was probable cause, then questions may ensue about his behavior during apprehension and about police actions in following protocols.
If there was no probable cause for Freddie Gray’s arrest, then his death while in police custody aims at liability and police performance as an arm of Baltimore City Government.
The actors in this case reflects the community. It is not a black and white issue, but one of the nature of living under blue crime lights in Baltimore.
“Freddie Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide, Officers Face Charges
May 1, 2015, 8:39 PM ET
By MEGHAN KENEALLY
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Freddie Gray’s Death Ruled A Homicide
The death of Freddie Gray has been ruled by the medical examiner’s office a homicide caused by severe trauma.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, announced this morning that her office has also found probable cause to pursue criminal charges in connection to the case.
Officers Caesar Goodson Jr., (top left) William Porter (top center), Edward Nero (below left) and Garrett Miller (below center), Lt. Brian Rice (top right), and Sgt. Alicia Miller (below right) were arrested and charged in Gray’s death.”