Freddie Gray Case: Six Cops Arrested – Prosecution’s Details Sparse

Baltimorecops816fd620-f069-11e4-a4a8-49179b3b0ba2_Baltimore-copsI have written two prior essays on the Freddie Gray case out of Baltimore, Maryland.  Number one is here, number two is here.  Yesterday, the State’s Attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced that warrants issued for the arrests of six Baltimore Police Officers in the alleged homicide of 25 year old Freddie Gray, a black man.  Thanks to for the above mug photos of the accused.  The names don’t matter at the moment.  They’re all cops – some black, some white.

Speculation and conjecture are running rampant in the print and television media.  Experts in various disciplines are on the air, telling us about the case when they have no more knowledge of what occurred than you or I have.   They were not present in Baltimore when this thing happened and they are not in any way involved in the investigation.

Nonetheless, the news outlets are parading them before us, between shots of the fires, fights and looting in downtown Baltimore during the past week’s riots.

The simple fact is that we still don’t know exactly what happened.  We have no official police documents to read, no eyewitness statements, no forensic evidence analysis reports, no postmortem examination report – nothing.  We have nothing but a feeding frenzy of an American broadcast media corps and angry mobs of rioters who think they know the truth about Mr. Gray’s death – and they know nothing of the truth.  Ms. Mosby’s statement yesterday did little to remedy that situation:

We still don’t know precisely how the incident began.  We know from Ms. Mosby’s summation that there was alleged eye contact between bicycle patrol officers and Mr. Gray, then at some subsequent point a foot pursuit, for what reasons Ms. Mosby didn’t tell us.  We don’t know why Mr. Gray was arrested.  We don’t know how Mr. Gray was injured.  What we do have is a sketchy summation of the case and specific reading of the charges, given by a State’s Attorney, which provided very little detail about the alleged illegality of Mr. Gray’s arrest, the proximate cause of how and why he died, or any facts in support of the charges and arrests of the officers who are now defendants in a murder case.

Ms. Mosby made mention of the unused seat belt issue numerous times during her summation.  I lost count at four.

I’ll bet we won’t get any of the vital detailed factual material for a long, long time.  That will all come out during pre-trial hearings and during the trial itself.  And until I know more of the facts of the case, I’m not rendering any opinions about the men and the woman who stand accused.

Remember, much of the original media and prosecutorial information which was published about the Trayvon Martin case and the Michael Brown case turned out to be patently untrue, fueled by the frenzy for ever-higher broadcast ratings.  The Zimmerman Affidavit, about which I wrote this post, was particularly troublesome in its mendacity and speculation.

We shall now see how the Freddie Gray case unfolds in Court.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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