That’s what Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams is basically saying when he found Baltimore City police officer Edward Nero not guilty of any wrong doing in the death of Freddie Gray.
Freddie Gray was the Baltimore Maryland man who died of a severe spinal injury on April 19, one week after being arrested by police following a foot chase in his neighborhood.
Now mind you officer Nero was one of the officers seen nationwide dragging the handcuffed Gray to a police van and putting him in transport area of the vehicle without buckling Gray in. The following ride that was supposed to take Gray to lock up wound up causing him fatal spinal injuries.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby had charged Nero with arresting Gray without probable cause when he ran from him and other officers unprovoked. She also contended Nero did not secure Gray in a police transport van, where Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury.
Judge Williams ruling is suggesting that wasn’t Nero we saw dragging Gray. Hmm must’ve been somebody else because I don’t see how the Judge can not find Nero guilty of something – negligence at the very least.
I’m going to give you an example of just how twisted this piece of (no) justice is.
If YOU put someone in the back of your pick up with their hands tied behind them and ride them around they’re going to sustain some injuries or worse. YOU, my reader are going to be brought up on some kind of charges.
If YOU put your child in your car and do not put a seat belt on him or her and get in an accident and that child dies YOU are going to get charged with something if it’s nothing more than endangering a minor, manslaughter, death by vehicle – they will stick something on you.
If YOU choose to drive your own car without wearing a seatbelt and get caught at it, YOU are going to get at least a ticket.
How is the negligence in any of the above scenarios any different than the negligence in officer Nero’s case?
Answer – there is no difference.
So why is Nero off the hook?
That’s easy. black prosecutors, like black lives don’t matter to some decision makers.
When Baltimore’s young ambitious States Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced she was going after the officers involved in Gray’s death I sensed that the good old boy network was going to clip her wings.
I rooted for Mosby, and still do, but she is up against a network that, 1. Coddles men 2. Coddles white men 3. A network that has time and time again displayed blatant disdain for women and minorities.
If for no other reason than harboring the mindset of “We gotta slow this Black …..roll”, that network wasn’t going to just lay down and let these officers get shipped off to the big house without a fight.
If you think I’m playing a race card – ask Barrack Obama about that network. It fought him tooth and nail at every turn for 7 years.
I’m going to tell you all what will really be messed up. If the Black officer involved in this gets convicted of something while the other ones involved get exonerated.
So we all agree that Freddie Gray didn’t put himself in the back of that police van and a judge has pretty much said officer Nero didn’t do it so I guess that other officer who was dragging Gray must’ve done it all by himself.
Stay tuned … we’ll see.