Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Freddie Gray Trial is yet another "OJ Simpsonian" Travesty of Justice

Freddie Grey
Homicided while in Police Custody

The trial of one of the Baltimore police officers who was charged in the death, while in police custody of Freddie Gray, a young black man, has resulted in a mistrial.  

The judge in the case of a Baltimore police officer on trial over a death in custody has declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Policeman William Porter is the first of six officers charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
The jury deliberated for three days, but could not come to an agreement on all four charges.
Police have been positioned around the city to prevent riots like those that erupted following Gray's death.
Judge Barry Williams said the jury - composed of seven black and five white people - had "clearly been diligent" in their deliberations.
The mistrial is a major setback for the prosecution, who may now have to build another case against the policeman. Prosecutors had also hoped to use Mr Porter as a witness in the trials against the other five officers, had he been found guilty

This outcome was totally to be expected.  Why did they not instead bring to trial the two bicycle policemen who originally apprehended Mr Gray, threw him to the pavement and bent his legs behind him upwards until his heels touched his spine?  THOSE are the two killers of Freddie Gray.  He never walked independently after that.  IMO, they are the only ones who should have been charged--they set the stage for the later negligence....which was after the fact--because Freddie had likely already been subjected to a mortal injury.

The Freddie Gray episode, from beginning to end, was a typical American FUBAR designed to circumvent the course of justice.  It was, instead, a mockery of justice. The criminals in charge of the US don't want the justice system to work... or Americans to respect it...because then they might start coming for them.

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