Freddie Gray: Charges filed against cops, videographer arrested

States Attorney Marily Mosby released that six Baltimore Police Officers have been charged in Gray’s death following the arrest of Kevin Moore, who videotaped the arrest.

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WASHINGTON,  May 1, 2015 – Kevin Moore, the man who filmed Freddie Gray’s brutal arrest, was arrested at gunpoint last night following what Moore called “harassment and intimidation” from Baltimore police. Moore has publicly said he was afraid of retaliation from the police for recording the video.

Moore was arrested along with two members of “Cop Watch” Chad Jackson and Tony White, who remain in custody as of this writing.

Social media first announced the arrests.

042715_freddie_gray_450Moore’s video shows Gray’s arrest, and was taken before whatever happened that lead to Gray’s broken neck, crushed larynx and eventual death from spinal injuries.


According to published reports, Moore was asleep in his home on the morning of 12 April and was awoken by his uncle saying, “The police are tazing Freddie.”

Moore ran out into the street, using his cell phone to film Gray “screamed for his life,” according to Moore. He filmed one officer putting his knee on Freddie’s neck as the other bent his legs backwards.

“They had him folded up like he was a crab or a piece of origami. He was all bent up,” Moore said in interviews.

Police released a photo of Moore, seeking him as a potential witness. Moore claims that he did co-operate with two detectives in the Baltimore Police Department’s Office of Internal Oversight and had given them the video.

In an April 25 report, the Baltimore Sun spoke to Moore about the police releasing his photo. Moore said the police knew it was Moore’s image and that he had already cooperated with the police.

“What is so important that you have to plaster my picture over the Internet? I’ve already spoken,” Moore said, adding that he had talked to internal investigators in the Police Department. “How do you not know that picture is me?”

“That’s me — I know that’s all 6-5 and 260 pounds of me,” Moore said.”For the police to post that picture and say you don’t know who I am, that’s B.S. You know who I am.”

Police did not respond to the Baltimore Sun’s request for comment.

“It’s clear that what happened, happened inside the van.” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaking of the roughly 40 minute ride that had at least one non-reported stop. That extra stop was discovered through a review of recordings made by security and private cameras, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

The police narrative at this time is that Gray was injured during the van ride. Police reports suggestions that Gray, cuffed and shackled, somehow broke his own neck.

Baltimore Police released a report saying that another detainee, identified by WJZ as Donta Allen, said he heard Gray banging while in the van and that he believed Gray was trying to hurt himself. However, Donata has contradicted those reports, telling WJZ he does not believe Gray was trying to hurt himself.

“When I was in the back of that van it did not stop or nothing. All it did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging, like he was banging his head,” Allen said. ” I didn’t even know he was in the van until we got to the station.”

There have also been allegations that Gray was injured during the arrest, and the van ride could have exacerbated the injuries.

Police sometimes use an unauthorized tactic of “rough ride,”in which the van is driven in a way that can harm unbuckled occupants.


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The Baltimore Sun reported that at least two victims of “rough rides” have won cases against police for using the tactic. Dondi Johnson Sr. won a court judgment against police for injuries that left him a paraplegic after a 2005 van ride. Jeffrey Alston also won a court judgment against police after being paralyzed from the neck down in a 1997 ride.

Another theory is that Gray had spinal surgery the week before his death. Before Its News reported that Gray had a pre-existing spinal and neck injury as a result of a car accident and that Gray had undergone several unsuccessful spinal fusion surgeries.

This allegation appears to be based on a recent settlement paid to Freddie Gray. However, according to The Baltimore Sun, this allegation is false. The Sun reports that court records that show that the settlement recently paid to Gray was not as a result of a car accident, but a suit alleging that Gray and his twin sister Fredericka, were injured via exposure to lead paint.

The 2008 suit, filed against Sandtown-Winchester from whom the family rented for four years, alleged that Gray and his two sisters were found to have damaging lead levels in their blood leading to educational, behavioral and medical problems.

Gray family attorney Jason Downs also disputes this allegation. He has been quoted on social media saying “We have no information or evidence at this point to indicate that there is a prior pre-existing spinal injury. It’s a rumor.”

At the time of writing it seems Moore has been released, but his colleagues Chad Jackson and Tony White are still being held. Calls to the Baltimore Police Department to confirm they were still being held were unanswered.

This morning State Attorney Marily Mosby said that six Baltimore Police Officers have been charged, not found guilty, in Gray’s death

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr.

  1. Second degree depraved heart murder (30 yrs)
  2. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 years)
  3. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  4. Manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence) (10 years)
  5. Manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) (3 years)
  6. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)

Officer William G. Porter

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 years)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  3. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)

Lt. Brian W. Rice

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 years)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  3. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  4. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)
  5. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)
  6. False Imprisonment (8th Amdendment)

Officer Edward M. Nero

  1. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  3. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)
  4. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)
  5. False Imprisonment (8th Amendment)

Officer Garret E Miller

  1. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  3. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)
  4. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment)
  5. False Imprisonment (8th Amendment)

Sgt. Alicia D. White

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 years)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 years)
  3. Misconduct in office

The Fraternal order of Police has released a letter to Mosby asking her to appoint a special independent prosecutor in the case. The chapter’s president alleged that she had “many conflicts of interest” in the case.

 

 

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