Highest-ranking officer cleared in Freddie Gray's death, to get $127K in back pay

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"Baltimore police Lt. Brian S. Rice, who was acquitted of manslaughter, misconduct and other charges in the death of Freddie Gray, is set to receive about $127,000 in back pay.

The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is scheduled to authorize a payment of $126,916 to Rice. Rice and three other officers charged with felonies in connection with Gray's death were suspended without pay, under department policy. Having been acquitted, Rice is now entitled to back pay under that policy.

Rice, 42, was the highest-ranking officer of the six police officers charged in Gray's arrest and death. Prosecutors had alleged that Rice and others caused Gray's death by failing to secure him in a seat belt in the back of the van, where Gray suffered severe spinal cord injuries last year.

Rice was suspended without pay from May 1, 2015, when he was charged by the state's attorney's office, until July 18 of this year, when Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Rice not guilty of all charges.

"Being suspended without pay for over a year has been financially devastating to Lt. Rice and his family," said Michael Belsky, Rice's attorney.

Williams said prosecutors failed to meet their burden of proving the charges against Rice beyond a reasonable doubt, instead asking the court to rely on "presumptions or assumptions" — something it cannot do. He said the court "cannot be swayed by sympathy, prejudice or public opinion."

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has said Rice now faces an administrative review.

Gray, 25, died April 19, 2015, one week after his arrest. His death sparked weeks of protests and activism against police brutality, and two nights of looting and rioting."

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So, with this in mind, how did Freddie Gray die?

Officers response: "We don't know, but we're sure it wasn't us and it's not our fault."
 

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Why is it that so very few Police officers are found guilty ?
 

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So, with this in mind, how did Freddie Gray die?

Officers response: "We don't know, but we're sure it wasn't us and it's not our fault."
We know from the facts at hand that Freddie Gray was alive - and uninjured - when they put him in the back of the police van.....and he ends up suffering what became a fatal neck injury by the time they make their final stop; how did that happen? By the use of what are known as "rough rides": running through intersections, taking sharp turns, not stopping at lights & signs, etc.,etc., something well, well known to people in Baltimore.

As to the officers' repsonse? This doesn't surprise me; cops could get away with whatever they wanted to if they could; is it any wonder no one trusts them in many urban centers anymore?
 

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Then perhaps the whole Justice system needs a shake up.
Problem there is, my friend, is that no one wants to stick their neck out and do anything....not judges (accountable to the public), not public defenders (acct. to legislators in most states) nor private attorneys (acct. to their respective State Bar Associations) nor prosecutors (who need the stinkin' cops so that they can prosecute the bad guys), etc,.,etc.,etc... :eek::eek:
 

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*continues previous thought* There's a quote from the TV series The Wire (which was ironically set in Baltimore, @APS ) that almost encapsulates how bad the criminal justice system is at present....quoting:
If only half you motherf***ers in the State's Attorneys Office didn't want to be judges, didn't want to be partners in some downtown law firm, if half of you had the f***ing balls to follow through, you know what would happen? A guy like that would be indicted, tried, and convicted. And the rest of them would back up enough so we could push a clean case or two through your courthouse. But no, everybody stays friends. Everybody gets paid, and everybody's got a f***ing future. - Det. Jimmy McNulty
...now, that's a quote from a TV show, but it also encapsulates just how rotten the system is in most places.
 
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