It would be an understatement to say that tempers aren’t at a flashpoint between law enforcement and civilians, considering the high profile incidents of the past few weeks.Add to that tinderbox the case of Freddie Gray. Today lawyers for the six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death were in court for a pretrial hearing, five months after Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported in a police van.
However, as CBS Local reports, “Judge Barry Williams has denied a motion to dismiss the charges against the six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death. He also denied a motion to recuse Marilyn Mosby.It has been four months since Freddie Gray’s death and Wednesday, the judge didn’t dismiss the charges or recuse Marilyn Mosby. He still needs to decide whether the officers should be tried separately or together.
That will get underway at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The judge said he was troubled by some of the announcements (Mosby) made on May 1 but said any errors made weren’t enough to dismiss charges or to have her recused.”Today CBS in Baltimore reported protests were already underway. One person has already been arrested. Protestor Lee Paterson told CBS he’s concerned charges could be dropped. “You know, this whole thing is bigger than Freddie Gray,” Paterson said. “It’s about poverty.”
An interesting perspective, but it would appear the protests have to do with whether or not Freddie Gray suffered his injuries as a result of police brutality or willful negligence.
We pray justice will indeed by served in this case, and whatever the outcome, it will be met with peaceful acceptance. However, if history is any indicator, we know the latter ain’t gonna happen.