Baltimore, MD — Sources within the Baltimore police department have stated that some of the charges against the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray are not supported by the internal investigation.
The results of this new “investigation” have been given to the defense attorneys representing the charged officers. This allows them the opportunity to undercut the prosecution’s case. The possible outcome could end with the murder charges against the officers involved being dropped, according to reports.
After the Baltimore police department has investigated themselves, they found that the prosecutor’s original charge of second-degree murder should be at most, manslaughter, according to sources.
The investigation into themselves also asserts that the knife Gray was arrested over was actually illegal, contrary to the prosecution’s case.
The internal investigation ruled that the knife in Gray’s pocket was a ‘spring assisted, one hand operated knife,’ which is illegal under Maryland State law. However, police often apply this ridiculous law to completely normal knives by using a simple flick of the wrist.
Anyone who carries a pocket knife knows that some knives can be opened by flicking your wrist to propel the blade out. Police also know this trick and they frequently use it to harass and extort completely innocent individuals.
Baltimore police would have everything to gain by illustrating that Freddie Gray’s completely legal pocket knife functioned in such a manner.
Despite State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby saying that the medical examiner concluded that Gray’s death was a homicide and that Gray’s fatal injury to the head occurred in a police transport van, police are saying otherwise.
The internal investigation claims that the examiner’s autopsy report would likely find the cause of death to fall short of homicide, according to one official familiar with the case.
While Mosby was directly available for comment on this case, a spokeswoman provided a statement on her behalf, defending the charges.
“While the evidence we have obtained through our independent investigation does substantiate the elements of the charges filed, I refuse to litigate this case through the media,” she said in the statement. “The evidence we have collected cannot ethically be disclosed, relayed or released to the public before trial. As I’ve previously indicated, I strongly condemn anyone in law enforcement with access to trial evidence, who has or continues to leak information prior to the resolution of this case. These unethical disclosures are only damaging our ability to conduct a fair and impartial process for all parties involved.”
All too often we see police departments conducting internal investigations and find no wrongdoing on behalf of its officers. From murder to brutality to theft, the thin blue line protects its own.
It would be a shame to see police officers responsible for the death of a man escape with little or no punishment because of the blue and often blind wall of support.