Freddie Gray was the 25-year-old black man killed in police custody in April 2015. He was put in the back of a police vehicle and had his neck broken and compressed. As we know, there were protest and cries for justice. Baltimore’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosbey took the 6 police officers (3 of them black) to trial. The charges varied for each officer but included second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter, assault/second-degree, manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence and criminal negligence) and misconduct in office. 3 of the officers were acquitted of their crimes. Recently, Marilyn decided to drop the charges on the remaining officers.
Mosby still believes Freddie was murdered but realized that the criminal justice system needs “real, substantive reforms”. She went on to say that the case had “an inherent bias that is a direct result of when police police themselves.” Mosby made it clear that she is not anti-police, but “anti-police brutality.”
This is what black people are upset about. We know that the job of police officers are difficult and high-stress, and we know that mistakes happen. What black people are protesting is the systemic issue that exists within the Justice System at every level. Mosby said it herself “we could try this case 100 times, and cases just like it, and we would still end up with the same result.” I cannot blame any black man or woman for having no faith in this system that continues to bend rules to show us that our lives truly don’t matter. This is not surprising. It is simply unfortunate.
Peace to Freddie Gray and his family. I hope they can find some kind of peace.