- The three remaining police officers tied to the death of Freddie Gray were set free today.
- The Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow addressed Judge Williams this morning telling him that they were going to drop the charges.
- After the acquittal of Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson, and Lt. Brian Rice the prosecutors saw little hope for the case.
Today marks the end of one of the highest-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history. The case of the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. For some odd reason, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against the three police officers that were involved in Gray’s death.
The “odd” decision by prosecutors isn’t as “odd” as you may think. Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, had already acquitted three other officers, involved in the case, on more serious charges. The prosecutors, in defeat, recognized that the likelihood of more acquittals from the judge was in the near future. So instead of dragging out the case, they dropped the charges.
Unfortunately for the law office of Marilyn J. Mosby, the Baltimore State attorney, that means a year’s worth of hard work was in vain. They have been fighting to the death to make someone responsible for the death of Freddie Gray, and now it doesn’t look like that dream will come true.
Before the dropping of charges by prosecutors, Officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, and Lt. Brian Rice had all been acquitted. Then the trial of Officer William Porter ended with a mistrial in December. Then, early this morning it came the time to try Officer Garrett Miller but before it could get underway the charges were dropped. The Cheif Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow told Judge Williams that they would be dropping charges against Miller, Porter, and Sgt. Alicia White.
The retrial for Porter was scheduled for September and the trial for White was scheduled for October.
I can imagine there is some celebration between the six police officer tonight.
Catherine Flynn, Miller’s attorney said, “All of our clients are thrilled with what happened today, and we’ll be making a comment later to address the details of what happened.”
The death of Freddie Gray sparked widespread protests, riots, and arson. Gray, 25, reportedly suffered several spinal cord injuries while in the back of a police van back in 2015. He died, from the injuries received while in the van, a week later.
Judge Williams, in clearing Nero, Goodson, and Rice, stated that the prosecutors presented little to no evidence that the officers acted against their training. Or, that they acted unreasonably and against police orders when they did not secure Freddie Gray in a seat belt while in the back of the police van.
The officers, of course, said they were not guilty. Their attorney’s claimed that they acted responsibly and Gray’s death was nothing more than a tragic accident.
It looks like Judge Williams agrees with them.