For almost two weeks, the city of Baltimore has been a battleground. Police and rioters are clashing in the streets. With allegations of stand down orders to the police, and abuse and destruction of property by thugs, rioters, and looters; all while America watches it on television. And though the town did not wait to see what the authorities would do about another black man dying at the hands of the police, somehow you could almost empathize. Now there has actually been some action taken.
The Christian Post reports
Baltimore’s newly elected State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that the death of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after being injured while in police custody, had been ruled a “homicide” and six police officers involved in his “unlawful arrest” had been criminally charged and warrants have been issued for their arrests.
Now the question remains. What exactly do they mean by the use of the word homicide? Homicide means that the death was an intentional murder, right? Does this mean that they think that these officers conspired together to kill this man? Surely that is not what they are trying to say.
According to The Christian Post, they do not mean that the killing was intentional.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Officer Edward Nero, 29, was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Officer Garrett Miller, 26, was also charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
We can only conjecture as to the events of April 19th in that Baltimore police van, but the issue that continues to dog me is that he was I their custody. But what if he was seeking to hurt himself and in the process caused his injuries? That is conjecture, but if that was the case, was he not in their care? Was this 175-pound man so strong that six officers could not restrain him? Placing him in a seatbelt would have done the trick.
“I take this oath seriously and I want the public to know that my administration is committed to creating a fair and equitable justice system for all. No matter what your occupation, your age, your race, your color or your creed. It is my job to examine and investigate the evidence of each case and apply those facts to the elements of a crime in order to make a determination as to whether individuals should be prosecuted,” said Mosby of her role prior to announcing the charges.
I think that it is a good thing that these people will face trial. We can hope that the system is not broken and that through the evidence being made public, the truth can come to light.