After a motion hearing for Baltimore City police officer Garrett Miller, the State's Attorney's office announced that all future cases against the officers implicated in the death of Freddie Gray will be dropped.
"All of our clients are thrilled with what happened today and we'll be making a comment later to address the details of what happened," said Catherine Flynn, Miller's attorney, outside the courthouse.
Last year, Freddie Gray died as a result of severe injuries from an arrest. Gray was handcuffed and put inside a police van, where officers neglected to follow protocol and check on him. The van made several stops while Gray was in the back and unresponsive.
So far, Lieutenant Brian Rice, Officer Edward Nero and Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. were acquitted during their trials. Officer William Porter's trial ended in a mistrial, yet it will now never be reviewed along with the case against Officer Alicia White. However, internal affairs will continue to investigate the behavior of all of the charged officers.
This news comes as shock to the Baltimore community. Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City State's Attorney addressed the media in a press conference this morning and expressed her honest thoughts on the situation. She reiterated that this loss does not compare to the loss of Freddie Gray.
"Without substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it and we would still end up with the same result." Mosby said.
Mosby also went on to say that there is a "consistent bias" by the Baltimore City police during this investigation. She then went on to explain that when "police police themselves" there is an "inherent bias."
In a news conference, GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump was asked about his thoughts on the news and he took no pause in ignorantly saying, "That prosecutor is a disgrace to prosecutor's everywhere."
Well, once again he is very wrong, because she is not a disgrace to anyone. When Mosby first pressed charges against the officers, she was acting for the good of Freddie Gray and the good of the community. However, when the largest cases she tried ended in acquittal, many expected the rest of the cases would end the same way. Her decision to drop the remaining charges was as legitimate as her decision to pursue the officers.
State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, the Democratic nominee for Baltimore mayor said, "I trust the state's attorney to make the right decisions and I support the decision. I believe in the work of the state's attorney."
Pugh continued to explain that this situation is not a win for anyone, and it's imperative that it not happen again.
"There are still a lot of discussions that need to be had," Pugh said. "Baltimore does not want to experience a situation like this again with Freddie Gray. No family should have to go through this again."
News on this story will be updated as details develop.
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