A police officer was found not guilty in Freddie Gray's death. Was the verdict fair or unfair? | The Tylt
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., was found not guilty on all charges related to the death of Freddie Gray. Goodson was accused of driving the van in a reckless manner, causing Gray’s death.
Gray was placed in the back of a police van, shackled but unrestrained by a seatbelt. Gray died during the ride in the police van, breaking his spine at the neck due to trauma suffered during the ride. A cursory look at the history of rough rides in Baltimore reveals a pattern of behavior at the Baltimore Police Department.
Was the court’s decision fair or unfair?
According to the Baltimore Sun:
”[Judge] Williams said the timeline of Gray's injuries remains unclear, and the state ‘failed to meet its burden’ to present enough evidence to back its assertions.”
The truth is that no one knows exactly what happened in the van or the exact moment when the fatal injury occurred. The prosecution must prove things beyond a reasonable doubt, and they simply failed to do so here. And some feel the officers were simply doing their jobs.
But others say the police so-called doing their jobs led to the unfortunate death of Gray. Furthermore, they say if this is not a clear and cut case, what is? People want accountability, and Gray’s death was ruled as a homicide. Baltimore Police have a history of conducting rough rides. If this is a homicide, that means someone must be held responsible for Gray’s death. But it doesn't seem like that will happen. The fact that officer Goodson, the man facing the most serious charges, was found not guilty is a clear-cut sign that the justice system is broken and only works for a few.
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A police officer was found not guilty in Freddie Gray's death. Was the verdict fair or unfair?
Today's ruling reflected just what Goodson's defense had bet on: Judge Williams zeroing in on each required legal element for each crime.— Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) June 23, 2016