By Mick Dumdell
I was wondering when something like this would happen. Now, “they”, the defense for the Baltimore Six, are whispering that Freddie Gray tried to injure himself on a previous arrest! From the Baltimore Sun:
Prosecutors have information indicating that Freddie Gray “attempted to injure himself” during a previous arrest, but have intentionally withheld it from their criminal case against the six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray’s apprehension and death in April, the officers’ attorneys said in a court filing Thursday.
“Based upon information and belief, the State’s Attorney’s Office was informed of this fact, yet failed to disclose to the Defendants any statements, reports, or other communications relating to this information,” they wrote.
Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man with a history of arrests, died in April after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in a police van. Six officers who were involved in his arrest and transport on April 12 have been charged with violations that range from misconduct in office to second-degree murder.
In their filing Thursday, the defense attorneys said prosecutors have withheld “multiple witness statements from individuals who stated that Mr. Gray was banging and shaking the van at various points” after his arrest April 12, as well as “police reports, court records, and witness statements indicating that on prior occasions, Mr. Gray had fled from police and attempted to discard drugs.”
A spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby declined to comment. But in a court filing, prosecutors have said they gave defense attorneys all the evidence to which they are entitled last month as part of the discovery process.
The defense attorneys also said that Mosby failed to disclose her office’s participation in a “private meeting” with Assistant Medical Examiner Carol Allan before receiving Gray’s autopsy report, which ruled his death a homicide.
They also said Mosby was told by police that a knife found on Gray was spring-assisted — and thus illegal — before she brought charges against the officers.
In announcing the charges on May 1, Mosby said the knife was legal, and Gray should not have been arrested.
The defense attorneys wrote that they have “been forced to spend hundreds of hours collectively investigating the State’s violations in order to understand the full breadth of the harm.”
“While the defense has now obtained some of this evidence through its own sources, the defense has no idea of what else the State has failed to disclose.”
They asked the Circuit Court to sanction prosecutors in Mosby’s office for the alleged omissions and remove them from the case, to exclude evidence that they say was improperly omitted from discovery, to force the release of a long list of withheld information that they say they found through their own investigation, and to compensate them for that investigative work.
I guess next they will be saying that Sam Dubose tried to drag a cop with his car before, too. What is the point here? Even if Freddie Gray tried to injure himself before, it has nothing to do with the injuries which killed him this time!
Notice how there are no details? This is just slimy defense attorneys trying to get their defendants off. They are poisoning the well of potential jurors with this whisper campaign. This is no surprise. White Privilege depends upon white lies to perpetuate itself!
Yours very truly,
FootNote: The Image is of Laurel and Hardy in the 1929 film, The Hoose Gow. You may view a colorized version here: