If these people aren’t thugs than I don’t know what is…
If you haven’t seen the seriously sad images coming out Baltimore, of a community being completely destroyed by angry rioters, here you go.
It looks like Ferguson round 2.
Freddie Gray died on April 19. Video shot by a civilian bystander shows officers dragging Gray, who appeared limp, after he was handcuffed. Officials say he was able to climb into the back of a police van.
Watch the raw footage HERE:
And a little bit better quality video with commentary HERE:
After Gray was detained a put into a police van, the driver of the van made at least one stop on a 30-minute ride to a police station to put Gray in leg restraints, police officials said. Officials said Gray was angry and talking when he was first put in the van but was not breathing when it arrived at the police station.
Gray allegedly was asking for medical attention, which he was denied. Now the story is unfolding which seems to show that the cops broke Freddie’s back while they were detaining him, and then refused to take him to the hospital.
Of course, Police have said they don’t know whether Gray was injured during his arrest or while in the van.
Six police offers have been suspended until the investigation is complete, and investigators promise to finish the investigation by May 1st so that prosecutors can decide whether or not to press charges.
So who was Freddie Gray?
He was a young black man that went by the nickname “Pepper.” Gray, 25, grew up in the impoverished neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester on Baltimore’s west side. He grew up with a mother that was apparently unable to read, and addicted to Heroin.
He was no angel.
Court records show he was arrested more than a dozen times, and had a handful of convictions, mostly on charges of selling or possessing heroin or marijuana. His longest stint behind bars was about two years.
But does the fact that Freddie wasn’t a shining example citizen even matter?
It was a major point against Michael Brown, that he was a thug, that he was asking for it, that he had it coming.
Here’s my opinion
Police are here to protect and serve. They are not here to kill or injure people during an arrest. Their job is to detail so that they can have a fair trial. All people deserve their day in court.
Americans are innocent until proven guilty.
The frustration with police is obviously at a breaking point. We need to do something to increase public confidence in our police.
I feel that both sides can find a solution that works for both of them.
I think that police should have to wear cameras. That way the good police are protected, the bad ones can be held accountable, and hopefully the bad ones will also be less likely to kill or brutalize citizens.
What do you think? Would you support this type of reform? To force police officers to wear cameras at all times?
By Coffee Addict
@juliaw who Freddie Gray is, his past, is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is the investigation findings in his death.
If the cops were not being attacked, and their own lives were not being threatened, they do not have the right to kill or injure someone they are detaining.
This was the case in Michael Brown’s case, he was attacking Darren Wilson and Darren Wilson had the right to protect himself.
Until we see the results of the investigation we won’t truly know what happened.
I will say that I agree with your opinion that all cops should wear cameras. I don’t see any reason for them not to. If anything it will create transparency, protect citizens from police corruption/brutality, and serve as evidence against criminals that police are detaining.
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