I’d stopped paying attention to Baltimore once everything stopped burning, but now it looks as if Baltimore’s highly integrated police force feels confident that its, ahem, highly segregated local government is dead wrong about Freddie Gray’s death. From The Blaze (internal links maintained from the original):
The lawyers for the Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray filed a motion Friday afternoon requesting State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recuse herself from prosecuting the case.
The motion, which also requested charges against the officers be dismissed, listed five reasons Mosby should be taken off the case, WBAL-TV reported.
Among the listed reasons, the attorney’s for the officers contended that Mosby’s personal relationships with individuals who will serve as witnesses during the trial and the seizing of personal gain by she and her husband make her unfit to fairly prosecute the case.
“The pleadings speak for themselves, and we look forward to litigating them in the courtroom,” attorney Marc L. Zayon, who is representing one of the accused offices, told WBAL.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Baltimore Police Department’s investigation into the death of Gray may not support some of the prosecution’s charges, including the most serious charge of second-degree murder.
Many in the Baltimore police force have been openly critical of Mosby for filing the charges.
The Fraternal Order of Police’s Baltimore City Lodge said it had “deep concerns” about Mosby’s “many conflicts of interest” prosecuting the case. Organization president Gene Ryan also contended the officers were not responsible for Gray’s death.
“As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,” he wrote. “To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.”
–Of course, a corrupt and incompetent ambulance-chasing prosecutor doesn’t necessarily mean the police were not culpable. But language like “may not support some of the prosecution’s charges” has a certain opaque swagger about it. We know the police report contends Gray was packing an “illegal knife”, which would give cause for his arrest. There are also hints that the medical examiner’s report is going to further upend the received narrative.
I could be wrong but, in my amateur-hour Mickey Kaus sort of way, I’m going to go out on a limb and voice my suspicion that we’re going to find out that a lot of what we’ve been told we “know” about Gray’s death is bullshit. Just like Michael Brown. Just like Trayvon. Just like . . . .