The acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday should convince State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to "reconsider her malicious prosecution" of the other officers in the case, the union that represents rank-and-file officers.
"It's time to put this sad chapter behind us," said Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3.
Goodson was the driver of the van in which Gray suffered fatal spinal cord and neck injuries last year, and faced the most serious charges of the six officers Mosby charged in the case — including second-degree depraved heart murder.
Judge Barry G. Williams acquitted Goodson of all charges Thursday morning. Last month, Williams acquitted another officer, Officer Edward Nero, of all charges as well.
The only other officer to stand trial, Officer William Porter, is scheduled to be retried in September after a 12-member jury was unable to reach a consensus on any of the charges against him in December.
Three other officers — Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White — are also scheduled to be tried this year. All have pleaded not guilty.
Ryan said Williams' ruling showed Mosby's cases against the officers have no merit, and that continued prosecution of the officers would be a waste of taxpayers' money.
The cases, if Mosby persists in prosecuting them, will continue to hinder the ability of police officers to do their jobs, Ryan said. At the moment, officers are concerned about being prosecuted if they put handcuffs on someone who isn't ultimately charged.