The criminal cases against Baltimore police in Freddie Gray's death have drawn widespread attention to so-called "rough rides," making what had been a little-known practice part of the American lexicon. But proving a rough ride in court is difficult, according to policing and legal experts.
With precision, confidence and the no-nonsense style for which he is well known, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams today destroyed the state's case against Officer Caesar Goodson, exposing it as a vessel of clay and smashing it to bits.
The news that the sole Baltimore police officer facing a murder charge in Freddie Gray's death had been acquitted on all charges was met with disappointment and resignation in West Baltimore, where Gray grew up and died.
The acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. in the death of Freddie Gray 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 said Thursday.
Judge Barry Williams expressed concerns about the state's case for second-degree murder against Officer Caesar Goodson but allowed the state's case to move forward after a defense request for an acquittal.
Churchgoers and their ministers toured Baltimore in a motorcade Saturday, seeking to envelop the city in prayer as a police officer stands trial for murder and blood continues to be shed on the streets.
For all of the hand-wringing that there is "nothing we can do about" violence in Baltimore, the truth is, actually, we can. We did before, and we must again. So what has changed more recently? Quite a few things in truth. And none of them were for the better when it comes to reducing crime.
Baltimore prosecutors alleged Thursday that the police officer driving the van in which Freddie Gray was fatally injured gave him an intentional "rough ride," pointing to video that shows him running a stop sign and crossing the center line.
During the crucial last leg of Freddie Gray's ultimately-fatal transport in the back of a police van last year, there were only two other people present: the driver, Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., and Donta Allen, a fellow arrestee placed on the other side of a thin metal divider from Gray. On Wednesday night, on the eve of Goodson's trial, there Allen was again — back at the center of the case as questions once again swirled around his potential testimony, his inconsistent
A Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, alleging false arrest, false imprisonment and defamation, among other counts, according to federal court documents.
Baltimore Police Officer Garrett Miller, who conducted and now faces criminal charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, has withdrawn a request to block discussion about the knife he allegedly found clipped to Gray's pants.
The Baltimore police officer who faces the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray is headed to trial this week. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. is accused of killing Gray while driving the van in which the 25-year-old West Baltimore man suffered a severe spinal injury in April 2015.
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Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's newfound popularity last year translated into $12,000 worth of free travel to speak at events around the country, as well as dozens of awards and other gifts, according to her ethics form filed with the state.
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the next Baltimore police officer scheduled to stand trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, has challenged the admissibility of key evidence in the state's case against him — including portions of Gray's autopsy and a disputed statement by a fellow officer, allegedly given to a police detective just days after Gray's arrest, that Gray said "I can't breathe" during an important interaction with the officers.
When police act inappropriately in criminal cases, courts are tasked with, reviewing police conduct for constitutional violations and suppressing evidence when appropriate. Too often judges are not willing to make such rulings, afraid to be seen as "soft on crime," which inevitably empowers the police to continue the unlawful behavior as it is implicitly sanctioned by the courts. Civil suits against the police can be cumbersome and costly, making it difficult to find attorneys to take such
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore convention center hotel lost $5.2 million last year — struggling even before the unrest that followed the arrest and death of Freddie Gray negatively affected the city's economy.