Freddie Gray, Third Degree Murder, Baltimore discussed on Fresh Air



But. How do you so but what then becomes the right charge that you can put in a case like the second both show the community that the the seriousness of the issues being taken, but at the same time is moving towards this level of being able to secure conviction that the community demands as well. So in the case of George Floyd. Do think the reason why the charges are manslaughter in third degree murder to have lesser charges so that there's more likely to be a conviction, or do you think that the lesser chargers are the because the? Prosecutor doesn't think there's a greater crime that. Won't. Be Honest Answer. Is I think all of us is? We don't know yet. I think I think it was important for one thing they want to make a point of doing is quickly by being able to charges because you can always add charges. You can't take away charges, but you can always charges to a case as you're then going in and feeling a case so I think that they felt it was probably important to be able to get charged out there, because because back also the thing that Bolt secured the via the earthy arrests and holding, but the honest answer is I think the answer for any of us right now is we just don't know? And and especially how they were thinking about whether or not, there is a plan to add additional charges, or whether they thought that the highest charge that they could actually get a conviction on whereas third degree, murder and second degree manslaughter. Did any reforms. Come out of the Freddie Gray story and the protests surrounding his death. Certain reforms did come out and I think insert reforms have been have been helpful a for example things like body cameras that officers have to wear body cameras now back. That came out of everything that has happened. Everything happened with Freddie Gray in addition to that. What Freddie Gray did it prompted an investigation an investigation by the Department of Justice where Baltimore's actually put under a consent decree. And really what the opposite of what the investigation in the consent decree unfolded was that Baltimore has history a pattern of systemically racist? Police practices, and and so it was something that was well documented. It was something that we now had. The of the federal government was now saying that there is very similar what what happened. What pulled together within Ferguson that that there is something that has to be addressed, and there were both recommendations in pieces that were put in place in response to the consent decree that we then had to you know had to follow the complication, though became twofold. One the complication was as the new administration came on board. The consent decree was pulled back and so you've seen an uneven. Application to how people and the seriousness, people are taking the consent decree I, came a second piece of complication was the fact that you know the that we have now seen a spike up within violence, and and in violence charges within up with with in Baltimore and part of the reason in part of the the the idea of many people believe is the case is because you now have officers who are just not engaging with the same level of intensity where you have. Officers were basically saying that you know I I'm not going to go and. Go after things that know could be more complicated or or by Sia vic- somebody taking place street. I'm not going to be as aggressive going in because if I now feel that I'm going to get charged by content charge than I will just sit tight and so one thing that's come out and you'd even even. Know even seeing officers in police commissioner..

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