Police Acquitted On Charges in Freddie Gray Death
Today, The judge explained why he found a police driver not guilty in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken on the way to the station: He didn’t see any evidence of a crime.
The acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson on all charges Thursday in Gray’s death is the worst blow yet to efforts to hold police accountable in a case that triggered riots in the troubled city.
The state’s third failure to win a conviction raises doubts about whether any of the six indicted officers will be found guilty in Gray’s death.
The case became a rallying cry for the growing Black Lives Matter movement and sparked more outrage nationwide over how black people are treated by police and the criminal justice system.
But the case hasn’t fit quite so neatly into the American narrative of white authorities imposing justice unfairly on black people. In this case, the defendant, trial judge, state’s attorney and mayor are African-American; at the time of Gray’s death, so was the police chief.
After the verdict, Black Lives Matter activist and Baltimore native DeRay Mckesson aimed his criticism at the entire system.
“Today is a reminder that there is a set of laws, policies and police union contracts across the country that will protect any form of police behavior,” he said.