by Scott Creighton
Officer Ceasar Goodson, the driver of the van, is being charged with 2nd degree depraved-heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, 2nd degree negligent assault, manslaughter by vehicle .
“[depraved-heart murder] is a deliberate act that is so dangerous that it shows total indifference to someone else’s life,”
A surprising development in the Freddie Grey case unfolded yesterday when Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, announced they filed criminal charges against all 6 of the officers involved in the Freddie Grey arrest and subsequent homicide. Those charges include second degree murder, false imprisonment and manslaughter.
Not only did she say their actions were illegal and resulted in his death, but she points out that the arrest itself was illegal.
These are the six officers being charged. Goodson, the driver of the van, is top right.
Clockwise from top left: Baltimore police officers William G. Porter, Garrett E. Miller, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Edward M. Nero, Alicia D. White, Brian W. Rice. (Baltimore Police Department)
The police have been stating that Freddie had a switch-blade knife with is illegal in Maryland yet, Mosby pointed out that in fact the knife was not a switch-blade but just a regular folding knife which is legal. The knife was found in his pocket. He never took it out.
In short, they had no reason to arrest him at all. (go here to see an interactive timeline of Freddie’s last ride.)
A. Dwight Pettit, a lawyer who handles police brutality cases in Baltimore — and worked to help elect Ms. Mosby — said her emphasis on the officers’ lack of probable cause in arresting Mr. Gray was significant. Rarely, he said, are police officers prosecuted for making false arrests — and too often, they do not worry about lacking probable cause.
He called the charges of false imprisonment “something new for police activity, which offends the constitutional rights of citizens.” New York Times
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