1. The most senior officer charged in Gray’s death demanded the arrest of his ex-girlfriend’s husband who lives in a nearby town.
Two weeks before Gray’s arrest, Lieutenant Brian Rice walked into the Westminster Police Department demanding that officers go to the home of Karyn McAleer, Rice’s ex-girlfriend and a fellow Baltimore cop with whom Rice has a young son, to arrest her husband, Andrew McAleer, because he was allegedly violating a court-issued peace order to stay away from her and the home, the Guardian reports.
2. The city of Baltimore has spent more than $5.7 million settling cases of alleged police brutality dating back to 2011.
More than 100 people have won court settlements or judgments totaling $5.7 million related to allegations that Baltimore police officers abused them, according to the Baltimore Sun. Some of the victims suffered broken jaws, noses, arms, legs and ankles. Other experienced head trauma or kidney failure and some were killed. Most victims were black Americans.
3. Most police vans in the Baltimore region don’t have seatbelts.
A Baltimore Sun report found that vans in Anne Arundel, Harford, Howard and Baltimore counties do not have seat belts. One of Carroll County’s two police vans has seat belts. It is an important point, because Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby accused officers involved in Gray’s arrest of violating department policy by not securing him in a seat belt. Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody, according to Mosby. The department has been accused of taking suspects on “rough rides” in police vans, the practice of purposefully tossing people around in the back of a car or van with the intent to hurt them. Since May 1, the day Mosby’s office charged the six police officers involved in Gray’s death, at least two other men have come forward accusing the department of taking them on rough rides.
4. Nearly 2,600 suspects have been turned away from Baltimore city jails because they were too injured to be admitted.
As AlterNet previously reported, from June 2012 to April 2015, nearly 2,600 detainees were so badly injured by the time they arrived at Baltimore jails that the jails would not take them. The Baltimore Sun originally reported that many of the detainees had broken bones and head injuries. Either the arresting officers did not know about the injuries or ignored them altogether. As a result, the city has shelled out tens of thousands of dollars to arrestees who told officers of injuries or pre-existing conditions but did not receive medical treatment.
5. Presidential aspirant Martin O’Malley may have some explaining to do about his record as mayor and the hyper-agressive policing he brought to Baltimore.
During Martin O’Malley’s time as mayor (1999 to 2006), the crime rate in Baltimore dropped 16 percent while arrests rose dramatically, something his critics say was a result of heavy-handed “zero tolerance” policing tactics. In 2005, 108,447 people were arrested, or about one-sixth of the city’s population, according to the Washington Post. About two-thirds of those arrested were jailed for nonviolent offenses.
6. No matter how badly cops behave, there will be legions of supporters willing to finance their defense teams.
Soon after the six officers involved in Gray’s death were charged, a GoFundMe campaign was started to raise money for their legal fees. The campaign was met with harsh criticism, forcing the crowdfunding site to shut down the page. “GoFundMe cannot be used to benefit those who are charged with serious violations of the law,” said Kelsea Little, GoFundMe’s public relations manager, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The campaign clearly stated that the money raised would be used to assist the officers with their legal fees, which is a direct violation of GoFundMe’s terms.”
7. The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department, as it did in Ferguson.
Days after six cops were charged in Gray’s death, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested that the Department of Justice investigate the Baltimore Police Department to determine if it has engaged in patterns of unconstitutional policing, according to the New York Times. The DoJ opened a similar investigation into the Ferguson, MO police department and found a pattern of shockingly racist practices.
8. Two city correctional officers were charged with looting during the city’s unrest.
Two Baltimore corrections officers, Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard, were captured on video taking items out of a 7-Eleven on April 25 during the unrest, according to the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Both officers were charged with theft and burglary and placed on unpaid leave.
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IS HE OKAY???????
He left on a stretcher, no word if he’s still going to be arrested or not.
if this isnt the most obvious example of white privilege and whats going on in baltimore right now then i dont know what is
I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment.
Baltimore Police Just Arrested Man Who Filmed The Freddie Gray Arrest
April 30, 2015 9:19 pm
Kevin Moore filmed the police brutally arresting Freddie Gray. That footage went viral and began all of the protests that have been flooding the streets of Baltimore and sweeping the nation ever since. Now, after claiming the police had been harassing and intimidating him after he went public with the footage, Kevin Moore and two members of Cop Watch, have been arrested tonight.
Moore said on Saturday that he is the man who filmed the arrest, but he was concerned that his name and image had been released. No sooner than they were, the harassment began.
“What is so important that you have to plaster my picture over the Internet? I’ve already spoken,” Moore explained.
Shortly after Moore filmed his arrest, Gray, 25, was suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody on April 12th, and died a week later.
Moore explained that he had already spoken at length with two detectives in the Police Department’s Office of Internal Oversight and given them his video of the incident. But the police posted his photo and told the public that he was “wanted for questioning” and asked people to identify him.
But they already knew who he was. What were they trying to prove, or was this all about harassing him?
Tonight, the Baltimore Police answered that question for us. They arrested Kevin Moore who was with two members of Cop Watch.
Moore explained that Gray was a friend of his and he has to speak up.
What can you to do help Moore, Chad Jackson and Tony White who were arrested with him?
Call the Baltimore Police Department at (410) 545-8122 and demand that they release these innocent men now! Then help us SPREAD THE WORD!
(Article by M. David)
update from a baltimore public defender
OK…here it is…
I’m going to try to keep this as brief as I can, but I’ve been asked by several people about Central Booking today, so I’ll give you guys the shocking highlights. As much as I’d like to, I can’t describe the particulars of some of the more egregious arrests, due to attorney/client privilege issues, but I would like to describe the Civil Liberties violations, and the deplorable conditions which people have had to endure.
As many of you know, more than 250 people have been arrested since Monday here in Baltimore. Normally when you are arrested, you are given a copy of your charging documents and then you must see a commissioner within 24 hours for a bail determination (“prompt presentment”) and given a trial date. If you are not released after the commissioner hearing, you will be brought before a judge for a review of the bail set by the commissioner. None of this was happening, so we sent some lawyers to Central Booking yesterday to try to help. I heard, however, that only 2 commissioners showed up, and the correctional officers only brought about 9 people to be interviewed because the jail was on a mysterious “lock-down”.
Today we were divided into two groups. Some of the lawyers were assigned the task of actually doing judicial bail reviews for as many folks as they could get interviewed and docketed. I was assigned to the other group. We were the “habeas team”, and we were to interview folks that we felt were being illegally detained, so we could file writs of habeas corpus. Governor Hogan had issued an executive order, extending the time for prompt presentment to 47 hours. We believed that this order was invalid because the governor has no authority to alter the Maryland Rules. As a result, all people who were being detained for more than 24 hours without seeing a commissioner were being held illegally.
Knowing all of this, I was still not prepared for what I saw when I arrived. The small concrete booking cells were filled with hundreds of people, most with more than ten people per cell. Three of us were sent to the women’s side where there were up to 15 women per holding cell. Most of them had been there since Monday afternoon/evening. With the exception of 3 or 4 women, the women who weren’t there for Monday’s round-ups were there for freaking curfew violations. Many had not seen a doctor or received required medication. Many had not been able to reach a family member by phone. But here is the WORST thing. Not only had these women been held for two days and two nights without any sort of formal booking, BUT ALMOST NONE OF THEM HAD ACTUALLY BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING. They were brought to CBIF via paddy wagons (most without seat belts, btw–a real shocker after all that’s happened), and taken to holding cells without ever being charged with an actual crime. No offense reports. No statements of probable cause. A few women had a vague idea what they might be charged with, some because of what they had actually been involved in, and some because of what the officer said, but quite a few had no idea why they were even there. Incidentally, I interviewed no one whose potential charges would have been more serious than petty theft, and most seemed to be disorderly conduct or failure to obey, charges which would usually result in an immediate recog/release.
The holding cells are approximately 10×10 (some slightly larger), with one open sink and toilet. The women were instructed that the water was “bad” and that they shouldn’t drink it. There are no beds–just a concrete cube. No blankets or pillows. The cells were designed to hold people for a few hours, not a few days. In the one cell which housed 15 women, there wasn’t even enough room for them all to lay down at the same time. Three times a day, the guards brought each woman 4 slices of bread, a slice of american cheese and a small bag of cookies. They sometimes got juice, but water was scarce, as the CO’s had to wheel a water cooler through every so often (the regular water being “broken”.)
My fellow attorneys and I all separately heard the same sickening story over and over. None of the women really wanted to eat 4 slices of bread 3 times a day, so they were saving slices of bread TO USE AS PILLOWS. Let me say that again. THEY WERE ALL USING BREAD AS PILLOWS SO THAT THEY WOULDN’T HAVE TO LAY THEIR HEADS ON THE FILTHY CONCRETE FLOOR.
Interviewing these women was emotionally exhausting. Quite a few of them began crying – so happy to finally see someone who might know why they were there, or perhaps how they might get out of this Kafka-esque nightmare. These women came from all walks of life. We interviewed high school students, college students, people with graduate degrees, people with GED’s, single women, married women, mothers, the well-employed, the unemployed, black women and white women. Almost all of them had no record. Those that did, had things like DUI’s and very minor misdemeanors. Our group didn’t interview any of the men on the other side, but my colleagues reported very similar situations. On the men’s side there were journalists and activists, as well as highschool kids with no records, barely 18 years old.
As we were getting ready to leave, we heard that many of these folks might be released without charges, after being held for 2 days. When we returned to the office, our amazing “habeas fellow”, Zina Makar, single-handedly filed 82 habeas petitions. That is when we heard that 101 people were released without charges. I’d like to think that the amazing legal response to this injustice played a large part in their release, and I feel privileged to have been a part of it. They may be charged later, but I’m guessing most of them won’t based on how minor their alleged infractions are. There are still over a hundred folks in there that need to see a commissioner and/or a judge, but hopefully we have thinned the ranks a little, and we will keep fighting until everyone has received due process. (We are concerned about these folks’ potential bails, as we are hearing about bails in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for misdemeanor charges).
– Marci Tarrant Johnson
“Public Defenders for Peace, Police Accountability and Probable Cause”
Watch: An angry mom dragged her son out of the Baltimore riots
This Baltimore mother was not pleased to see her son rioting across the city on Monday. And she did not hide her disdain. After recognizing her son on television, this mother reportedly hauled him out and smacked him down. Leading several pundits to applaud her actions on Twitter.
Yeah but you know why she’s upset? Why she’s so aggressive? Her son might end up like all those others she’s seen on TV. Fucking pundits laughing and praising her- she’s terrified her own CHILD might be murdered trying to show awareness. THIS ISNT FUNNY. ITS NOT A JOKE. A MOTHER IS SCARED HER CHILD WILL BE KILLED. All the white people re blogging and going good for her don’t fucking understand why she’s so adamant. Christ.
EDIT: The mother herself has been quoted saying exactly this- she’s terrified her son will become the next Freddie Gray. People saying this mom is ashamed or shit using this as justification against the riots, you’re literally mocking a mother’s fear that her child attempting to make the world a better place for themselves, they cannot without the risk of DEATH.
LINK TO MOM’S INTERVIEW http://www.lovebscott.com/news/baltimore-mom-explains-why-she-beat-her-son-i-dont-want-him-to-be-a-freddie-gray
Really makes me angry how racist fucking white people are spinning this
Today in Solidarity (4/28/15): For the past day, Baltimore police and the governor of Maryland have tried to shift blame for the unrest in Baltimore off of themselves and onto the gangs that have joined together in solidarity against police brutality. Tonight, the Blood and Crips have spoken out against this falsehood, calling for calm in the streets and an end to the violence. This is the type of revolutionary action that terrifies the police. This is the unity white supremacy fears. #staywoke #farfromover
was killed in Baltimore.
And the coverage on her by and large has been horrible:
I’d specifically like to bring attention to this line from the article, since I live near the NSA, and my girlfriend drives past it everyday on the way to work:
That someone in distress made a wrong turn, lost their bearings, and panicked when police surrounded them. According to new AP reports that interview those who knew Mya, she was struggling with her mental health and was unable to afford treatment.
Google maps has a really bad habit of actually routing you through the NSA depending on the destination you input in your GPS. Somehow Google maps thinks this is a shortcut.
So one time my gf accidentally drove down the NSA exit when we were new to the area because Google Maps told her to. She then spent the next hour having her car searched and being questioned by a group of armed individuals (who did pull out their guns) because she had mistakenly made a wrong turn.
My point is that it’s extremely easy to take a wrong turn into the NSA, especially if you are using GPS for directions. And if you didn’t realize that you had taken the wrong turn (my gf did but there was no way to turn around) being suddenly surrounded by a group of armed men pointing guns at you would probably cause anyone to panic.
RIP Mya Hall.
IMMIGRATION OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTS UNARMED 19 YR OLD BLACK MAN 10 TIMES DURING BALTIMORE RIOTS.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer shot and killed 20-year-old Terrence Kellum, Monday afternoon on Detroit’s northwest side.
Police say the agent — part of a fugitive task force involving ICE and officers with the Detroit Police Department — was attempting to serve an armed robbery warrant at a home in the 9500 block of Evergreen near W. Chicago when the shooting occurred.
“I am told there was no forced entry into the residence, that they were allowed inside,” said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. “And I’m also told that the agent may have been faced with a threat, and it was at that point when he decided to use deadly force.” Craig would not talk more specifically about that alleged threat.
One of the eyewitnesses, a woman, shouted at the chief as she described what she claims happened. “It was 10 bullets…and did it take 10 bullets? When he came out, they didn’t have the handcuffs on him!” she said. “They shot him! He was not able to run to do nothin’. Y’all didn’t give him a chance!”
An Investigation has been promised but we all know how that goes….
yo you heard about the Black person killed by police the other day?
Watch the Baltimore Police LIE and get called out by a reporter for The Guardian.