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The Six Officers Charged Would Be Afforded Their Due Process Rights, Something They Denied Freddie Gray, When They Snatched The Life Out Of The 25 Year Old!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2015 by sheriffali

The death of Freddie Gray was a homicide, and six Baltimore police officers now face criminal charges that include second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby says.

 

Mosby announced the charges Friday morning, citing her office’s “thorough and independent” investigation and the medical examiner’s report on Gray’s death. She said warrants were issued Friday for the officers’ arrest.

 

The city’s recently elected state’s attorney, Mosby detailed a range of charges against the officers, with offenses ranging from one count of second-degree murder and four counts of involuntary manslaughter to assault and misconduct in office.

 

The most severe charges are leveled against Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., identified as the driver of the van that transported Gray to a police station. The charges against Goodson include second-degree depraved heart murder, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

 

 

The investigation by the prosecutor’s office found there had been no reason to detain Gray — and that his arrest was in itself illegal, Mosby said. She said the knife that police officers found on Gray turned out to be legal.

 

After announcing the charges, Mosby noted her own ties to the police community — including her mother, father and grandfather, who were police officers. She thanked officers who are committed to serving the community.

 

We’ll have more details from the announcement and any documents released by the prosecutor’s office.

 

Update at 5:28 p.m. ET. Family Is Satisfied With Charges:

 

 

Saying they represented an “important step in getting justice for Freddie,” Richard Shipley, Gray’s stepfather, said that the family was “satisfied” with the charges filed today.

 

Shipley went on to plea for peace and for the city to get back to work.

 

“You all know that without justice there is not peace,” he said. “But let us have peace in the pursuit of justice.”[Source NPR]

 

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Jon Stewart slams CNN Wolf Blitzer’s ‘shock’ over Baltimore: ‘Ferguson was just a few months ago’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by sheriffali

Hours after being called out by a Ferguson activist, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was the butt of the joke on the Daily Show on Tuesday night, as Jon Stewart hammered him for acting shocked about the unrest in Baltimore.[Daily Show Video Link Below]

 

 

“Elvis leading a herd of orthodox Jewish unicorns through a city street — that would be hard to believe,” Stewart said. “This sh*t happens all the time. Ferguson was just a few months ago, and you were talking about it.”

 

To prove his point, Stewart showed footage of Blitzer acting just as apoplectic over the protests in Ferguson last November.

 

“I am worried about you,” Stewart said. “Do I need to get [Adam] Sandler to go over to your house and just run sh*t by you every morning?”

 

 

Overall, Stewart said, reporters have failed to pick up on the recurring nature of urban protests in the US, with Baltimore and Ferguson taking their place among manifestations of turmoil like Watts, Los Angeles, and Miami, among others.

“These cyclical eruptions appear like tragedy cicadas,” he said. “Depressing in their similarity, predictability, and intractability.”

 

Things are so “f*cked up” in Baltimore, Stewart explained, that its most successful employment program was casting extras for The Wire, a show devoted to showing the world how it was breaking down.

 

 

The city also let hostility fester by not taking steps to better monitor tensions between the police and residents, he said, pointing out that even volcano alerts run on a four-tier system.

 

“Maybe a more nuanced alert system could allow for more productive intervention beyond, ‘You have 10 seconds to disperse,’” Stewart argued. “Or we could agree to keep ignoring the roots of how systemically, historically disenfranchised many African-American communities still are, only paying attention to them when their periodic fiery ball of anger threatens to enter our airspace like some kind of Alex Haley’s comet. And once again breathing a blissful sigh of forgetful relief when it’s another near-miss.”

 

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Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.

 

 

https://youtu.be/4ZSK9viJFEg

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