Charges dropped against Baltimore officers. Did Mosby overcharge? Or did the justice system fail? | The Tylt
All charges were dropped against police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement:
After much thought and prayer, it has become clear that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start, without having a say in the election of whether cases proceed in front of a judge or jury, without communal oversight of police in this community, without substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times just like it and we would still end up with the same result.
Freddie Gray died from a broken spine at the neck, suffered during a ride in the back of a police van. A cursory look at the history of rough police van rides in Baltimore reveals a pattern of behavior at the Baltimore Police Department.
Did state attorney Mosby over charge? Or did the criminal justice system fail?
There are two interpretations of the case:
Mosby’s critics are saying that she overcharged the police officers on trumped up charges. They point to the fact that there simply wasn’t a case for the charges filed, and it’s no surprise that these officers weren’t convicted. Others are taking it even further, saying these officers are completely innocent, and Mosby led a witch hunt against them.
The other camp, like Mosby, views the case as an example of everything that’s wrong with the justice system. It shows how police officers often get the benefit of the doubt and are less likely to face serious charges, let alone be held responsible even in extreme cases where people under their custody die. It’s not any individual’s fault, but a matter of how the system is set up.
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Charges dropped against Baltimore officers. Did Mosby overcharge? Or did the justice system fail?
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