Saturday, 25 June 2016

Police driver acquitted of all charges in Freddie Gray death

BALTIMORE (AP) — It was supposed to be an open-and-shut case: The 25-year-old black man was healthy before his arrest, and arrived at the nearby station dying from a broken neck.But a judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors failed to prove any crime was committed by Officer Caesar Goodson , who drove the van where Freddie Gray suffered his fatal injury during a six-stop, 45-minute odyssey after he tried to outrun a police patrol.After three trials and no convictions, it's increasingly clear that the evidence against six Baltimore police officers in charged in Gray's death is too weak to sustain the hopes of citizens desperate for reform.Police union president Gene Ryan called on State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Thursday to reconsider her "malicious prosecution," since he's certain the remaining officers also will be acquitted.Gray's death became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, fueling outrage nationwide over the treatment of black people by the criminal justic

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