Category Archives: Freddie Gray

DOJ Issues Report On Baltimore Police: It’s Not Good

Following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody last year, the City asked the Department of Justice to investigate police practices on a systemic level. More than a year later, the report was issued today and the results are as depressing as they are predictable. The report’s executive summary begins: Today, we announce the outcome of the Department of Justice’s… Read more »

MoCo Shows Baltimore Some Love

Back in the prehistoric days of 2015, Montgomery County, like other counties, sent police officers to assist Baltimore City in the wake of the disturbances following the death of Freddie Gray. A few weeks ago, Baltimore sent checks to the assisting counties as reimbursement for the cost of that assistance. Today, County Exec Ike Leggett sent the check back to the… Read more »

Prosecutors Prevail On Porter Testimony

The Court of Appeals of Maryland ruled yesterday that Officer William Porter must testify against all five of his co-defendants or face jail time, reports the Baltimore Sun. favor of prosecutors in the Freddie Gray cases Tuesday, ordering that Baltimore police Officer William G. Porter can be compelled to testify against his five fellow officers. The Court of Appeals rejected Porter’s… Read more »

BREAKING: Second Freddie Gray Trial Postponed

Both WBAL and the Sun are reporting that the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, which was scheduled to start this morning, has been postponed by the Court of Special Appeals. Maryland’s second highest court has intervened and postponed the trial of Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., just as the case was set to get underway Monday with jury selection. The last minute order… Read more »

Mistrial In First Freddie Gray Case

The jury only deliberated for two days, but it remained deadlocked. The Sun: A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter, after jurors told a judge it could not reach a verdict on any of the four charges against him. “I do declare a mistrial,” Judge Barry G. Williams announced in a downtown courtroom…. Read more »

Freddie Gray Trials To Remain In Baltimore

In a major victory for the prosecution, the trials of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will remain in Baltimore. Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday morning that the trials of six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will stay in Baltimore, saying the defense had failed to prove that the officers… Read more »

Baltimore FOP: Settlement “Obscene”

The bomb throwing President of the Baltimore City FOP, Gene Ryan, had his usual calm, deliberative response to the news of the City’s settlement with the family of Freddie Gray:    Ryan is banking on ignorance and bigotry in order to fan the flames of tension in the City in advance of the decision whether to keep the criminal cases in Baltimore or… Read more »

BREAKING: Freddie Gray Settlement: $6.4 Million

The Washington Post reports within the past few minutes (beating the Sun to the story!) that the family of Freddie Gray has settled claims arising out of Gray’s death in the custody of Baltimore police for $6.4 million. Baltimore officials have reached a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died in April… Read more »

Separate Trials For Freddie Gray Defendants

In a ruling that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been reading this erudite and learned blog, Judge Barry Williams this afternoon granted a defense request that the six defendants be tried separately. A judge on Wednesday ordered that six Baltimore Police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray be tried separately. The ruling was one… Read more »

All Quiet In Charm City

It appears that there won’t be much of a protest today, despite the court hearing in the Freddie Gray case. I’ve been forwarded information indicating that the Greater Baltimore Committee has advised Baltimore businesses within the past hour that “[a]ctivity at this point is minimal,” with only “50-75 protesters in and around the courthouse area.” There has been one arrest…. Read more »