All Charges Dropped In Freddie Gray Case
Another black life lost and no one is held accountable.
On Wednesday morning, prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Via The Baltimore Sun:
The startling move was an apparent acknowledgement of the unlikelihood of a conviction following the acquittals of three other officers on similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well.
It also means the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby will secure no convictions in the case after more than a year of dogged fighting, against increasingly heavy odds, to hold someone criminally accountable in Gray’s death.
Officer William Porter’s trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial in December, before Williams acquitted Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson and Lt. Brian Rice at bench trials in May, June, and July, respectively.
In a hearing Wednesday meant to start the trial of Officer Garrett Miller, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow told Williams that the state was dropping all charges against Miller, Porter and Sgt. Alicia White.
Porter had been scheduled to be retried in September, and White had been scheduled to be tried in October.
“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,” said Catherine Flynn, Miller’s attorney, outside the courthouse.
Many took to social media with reaction to the news.
#FreddieGray's death was ruled a homicide, yet no one is being charged for it. Ludicrous. We need accountability! #BlackLivesMatter
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 27, 2016
The Medical Examiner ruled #FreddieGray's death a homicide but apparently nobody killed him. Let that sink in for a minute.
— Born Rebel (@ItsToneBoogie) July 27, 2016
The police get away wit murder. #freddiegray
— 4HUNNID (@YG) July 27, 2016
So #FreddieGray's death was ruled a homicide but no one is responsible for his murder? pic.twitter.com/hI0EZO2ecz
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 27, 2016
Let em remind EVERYONE: the medical examiner ruled the deaths of #FreddieGray & #EricGarner as HOMICIDES.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 27, 2016
I’m absolutely nauseated.