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Baltimore Cop Not Guilty Of Most Serious Charge In Death Of Freddie Gray

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Baltimore Cop Not Guilty Of Most Serious Charge In Death Of Freddie Gray

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A man, who declined to offer his name, walks past a mural of Freddie Gray in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr was found not guilty on Thursday of second-degree depraved heart murder in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, the most serious criminal charge he faced.

Judge Barry Williams handed down the verdict in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Goodson, 46, was the driver of a police transport van in which Gray broke his neck in April 2015. His death triggered rioting and protests in the majority black city.

The judge has not yet ruled on the less serious counts Goodson faced, including three counts of manslaughter, reckless endangerment, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Prosecutors contended Goodson gave Gray a “rough ride,” failed to ensure his safety and should have called for a medic.

Goodson’s defense team argued that Gray caused his own injuries by falling inside the transport van. Goodson also lacked the training to recognize that Gray was hurt, they said.

Goodson, who is also black, faced the most serious charges among the six officers charged in Gray’s death, making his the marquee case for prosecutors. They failed to secure a conviction in two earlier trials of officers.

Goodson waived a jury trial, leaving it to Williams to decide his fate.

(Writing by Ian Simpson and Scott Malone)

A man, who declined to offer his name, walks past a mural of Freddie Gray in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, December 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Bryan Woolston  

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8 Comments

  1. grannycares June 23, 2016

    Maybe it is time for the DA of Baltimore to find a new vocation! It is very apparent that she is incompetent in the field she current finds herself! THREE HIGH PROFILE LOSSES heard before an African American JUDGE?

    TO preclude further embarrassment, she should drop the charges on the other cases pending — other wise, she will join the Congressional Sit In Caucus — IDIOTS!

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    1. Insinnergy June 23, 2016

      Out of words to pee on the wall, sad troll?

      Reply
  2. marriea June 23, 2016

    If the two arresting offficers are not the ones with the most serious cahrges, I have never understood why the other officers were charged mose seriously.
    I saw pictures of one cop with his knee in the middle of this guys back, who from all reports had no reason to be arrested in the first place.
    Why weren’t they responsible for making sure they hooked up Grey correctly. They are the ones who put him in the van.

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  3. AgLander June 23, 2016

    Rioting and looting after dark, highlights at ten. Thug Lives Matter.

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    1. Insinnergy June 23, 2016

      Typical con.
      No empathy or sympathy until it happens to you.
      Willing to bet that the first time you have a rough ride in a police van you’l be screaming for years about police brutality and suing everyone in sight.

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  4. 14hei June 24, 2016

    Freddie Gray was handcuffed and being transported in a police van. During that transport Freddie Gray’s neck was broken so seriously that he later died from that injury. An not one of the officers involved in the arrest and transporting of Freddie Gray are responsible for his injury and death. So we have to believe that Freddie Gray intended to break his own neck while being transport by the police.
    All the officers involved in the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray are responsible. For there was a total lack of concern for the welfare of Freddie Gray while in their custody.

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