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    MD - Freddie Gray dies in police custody #3 *INDICTMENT*


    Baltimore police were conducting a criminal investigation on Sunday into the death of a man injured in their custody. The mayor, meanwhile, vowed to ensure the city held “the right people accountable”.

    Freddie Gray, 25, died on Sunday at a hospital, a week after he was hurt following an arrest. A timeline released earlier in the week by police said Gray was taken by a van from the scene of his arrest to a station, where an ambulance was called to treat him. Civilian video showed him being loaded into the van, but did not show the entire encounter.


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    oh my god, what the heck happened here.

    "His take-down and arrest without probable cause occurred under a police video camera, which taped everything including the police dragging and throwing Freddy into a police vehicle while he screamed in pain," Murphy said in a statement, adding that Gray's spine was 80 percent severed at his neck while in police custody.


    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...police-n344506

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    Baltimore police: Freddie Gray arrested ‘without force or incident’ before fatal injury
    By Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, April 20 at 12:50 PM

    Now, a court summons gives the first glimpse into Gray’s arrest, a case that has ignited outrage over the past week. According to the document, obtained Monday morning by The Baltimore Sun, authorities say Gray “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence,” and that officers later found the knife in his right pants pocket. The document reports that Gray “was arrested without force or incident” on April 12.


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    I think Baltimore's definition of " switchblade" is clear as mud.
    59-22. Switch-blade knives.
    (a) Possession or sale, etc., prohibited.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, carry, or possess any knife with an automatic spring or
    other device for opening and/or closing the blade, commonly known as a switch-blade knife
    ftp://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/m...article.19.pdf

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    Freddie Gray Charges

    I have a question about one of the charges against a few of the Baltimore officers. Illegal arrest. Which is "I think" the major charge against them. If it's shown it was a legal arrest and they weren't around for the van ride, then they're certainly not guilty of manslaughter. The illegal arrest would be tossed and so would the false imprisonment.

    Ms. Mosby said the knife was not a switchblade and a legal pocket knife. I realize that could very well be the truth, and the cop might have just wanted to nail Mr Gray because of the pursuit or whatever. But, if Mr Gray did not die he'd have gone to trial and the charges would have had to be dropped because the knife is legal. That's just strange.

    I haven't seen a picture of the knife. But, I did look up the statute he was arrested under, it reads "unlawfully carry, possess, and sell a knife commonly known as a switchblade knife, with an automatic spring or other device for opening and/or closing the blade within the limits of Baltimore City"

    My question: what is "Or other device?" that wording could be important in the defense case.

    I want justice for all. I can't imagine the anger if charges are dropped or the prosecution loses because they don't understand what a switchblade is.

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    Justice Department@TheJusticeDept 16m16 minutes ago
    Watch today at 10am ET: Attorney General Loretta Lynch to hold a press conference http://go.usa.gov/3KzF4


    Local 12/WKRC-TV @Local12 5m5 minutes ago
    #BREAKING: Department of Justice to launch civil rights probe and investigate the Baltimore Police Department.
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    Here is the speech by Loretta Lynch--haven't listened yet:

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?325940-...-investigation

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    MD - Criminal investigation launched after Baltimore man dies in police custody #3

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    Bringing over this from earlier thread.

    Question: who should have custody & control of knife now?
    Still in LE evd storage? Or state atty's ofc?
    Ea time a person removes knife from evd bag/container, protocol requires him
    to initial & date it, for both removal from and return to container, right?
    Wondering what would happen if knife were to 'go missing' now.

    Seems like -
    - a smart move by def. team to request knife early on.
    - numerous crim chg's would be dismissed if knife is legal.

    IDK if State has to either file response in court by a certain pre-hearing date or
    produce knife to def.Or if State can answer at the hearing.

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    Baltimore Police Commissioner Welcomes Review 'With Open Arms'

    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he welcomes "with open arms" the mayor's request for a review of law enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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    The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police also has agreed with the mayor's request.

    "We, too, have issues with many of the current policies and procedures of the department," Kim Deachilla, communications director of the union, wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

    http://www.newsweek.com/baltimore-po...en-arms-329645


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    Freddie Gray death: Baltimore police 'to face civil rights investigation'

    Announcement could come as early as Friday and follows a request by mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to investigate whether policing is discriminatory or uses excessive force.
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    The civil rights investigation, similar to ones undertaken in cities including Ferguson, Missouri, and Cleveland, will examine the policing patterns and practices of the entire police department.

    It is far broader in scope than a separate Justice Department investigation that aims to determine whether Gray’s civil rights were violated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanlutz View Post
    I haven't seen a picture of the knife. But, I did look up the statute he was arrested under, it reads "unlawfully carry, possess, and sell a knife commonly known as a switchblade knife, with an automatic spring or other device for opening and/or closing the blade within the limits of Baltimore City"
    I spoke with a criminal atty about this, and they said that the law is vague and left up to interpretation of the court. This, btw, is standard. Whether it's a bench trial or jury trial. It is up to the prosecution and defense to argue their case, and depending upon their presentation, the jury makes the final finding.

    They also said the state law generally trumps city laws when a case goes to trial. I was actually surprised by this claim, as it doesn't make sense to me to have city laws that differ from state laws, when they can be trumped by state law.



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    Does anyone know if Freddie Gray was on probation?

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    Justin Fenton@justin_fenton 7m7 minutes ago
    New: Police union welcomes DOJ review but wants @MayorSRB investigated too http://fw.to/ImBiCKd
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    Quote Originally Posted by popsicle View Post
    Justin Fenton@justin_fenton 7m7 minutes ago
    New: Police union welcomes DOJ review but wants @MayorSRB investigated too http://fw.to/ImBiCKd
    Because she's unlawfully harassed and beaten so many people.....

    She's not a member of the police department. Why would a review aimed at police practises look at her?
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