… and three days this week in Police State news this week according to @KeeganNYC
“BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Officer Caesar Goodson, who was driving the police van inside which Freddie Gray incurred his fatal neck injury, has been found not guilty of second-degree “depraved heart” murder by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams.
Goodson, 46, has also been found not guilty on charges of manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
After the verdict was read, protesters began chanting “Murderer!” over and over again outside the courthouse.
“The judge said that the evidence simply was not there, that there was no way that Officer Goodson would have known that Freddie Gray was injured until that final stop at the Western district, and that’s when a medic was called. He chided the state for using the term ‘rough ride,’ he said that it’s a highly-charged term, they failed to define it.”
Hellgren says “the prosecution’s theory of the case did not fit the facts that they had presented to the judge and he was clearly troubled by this, and I find it hard to believe that he would convict any of the officers in any of the four remaining trials to come.”
WJZ’s Ron Matz reports that Officer Edward Nero, who was found not guilty of all his charges by the same judge last month, was in court and was one of the first to embrace Goodson after the verdict came down.”
From the Baltimore Sun on July 20:
“Goodson is the third officer to stand trial in the case. The first trial, of Officer William Porter, ended in a hung jury and a mistrial. The second, of Officer Edward Nero, ended in Williams’ acquitting Nero of all charges.
“Prosecutors say Goodson gave Freddie Gray a rough ride. The judge has expressed skepticism about their theory.
“You can’t just charge people at the scene of an accident to appease a mob,” said Peter Moskos, former Baltimore City police officer and associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.”
Well, no; but the Goodson neglected to put a seat belt on Freddie, whose hands and feet were in shackles. But when they collectively had thought about belting him in during the rough ride, they were of the opinion that he might become too combative to allow them to buckle him without danger to themselves. Freddie’s cervical spine was severed to the point that he died in a hospital before a week was up. Goodson was guilty, you Kop Kretin! And Judge Barry Williams is a tool for the Po-Po.
The National Guard was ordered to be on stand-by ahead of today’s verdict.
If you’re interested: Live blog of Caesar Goodson’s trial at the Baltimore Sun (ten pages or soO
A few of KeeganNYC Tweet over the past three days:
‘NYPD Commish Bill Bratton Refuses To Call Dirty Cops On Their Sh*t’, @HipHopWired: http://hiphopwired.com/2016/06/21/bill-bratton-systemic-corruption/ …
New trove of documents shows plan for massive military operation in Cleveland for RNC: http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?p=7078
Protesters want SLC DA to resign for not releasing body cam video of fatal police shooting: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656579/Protestors-want-Sim-Gill-to-resign-over-unreleased-footage-of-police-shooting.html?pg=all …
Rikers Island jail has entrenched problems responding to sexual abuse complaints: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/af40be42538c4c98b08f87acc44b11ce/apnewsbreak-report-assails-nyc-jails-sex-abuse-response …
Federal trial finds cops who kicked in #VeronicaCanter‘s door & killed her “justified” http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article84875257.html …
#JanishaFonville, a black queer woman, was 3rd black person shot, 2nd killed, by same cop. Still on the force.
Bratton secretly reinstates cops tied to corruption probe so they can retire (with pensions) http://nypost.com/2016/06/22/bratton-reinstates-cops-tied-to-corruption-probe-so-they-can-retire/ …
Three arrested, four in crosshairs, & now eighth NYPD commander in federal corruption probe http://nypost.com/2016/06/20/another-top-nypd-official-suspected-in-corruption-scandal/ …
SF cops fatally shot #LuisGóngora from above as he was sitting “execution style” family says https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/17/homeless-man-shot-san-francisco-police-luis-gongora …
Sheriff says fatal police shooting of man at his home was justified (before investigation is over) http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2016/06/18/Sheriff-says-fatal-shooting-likely-justified.html …
Also, in Oaktown, from Reason.com: ‘Three Oakland Police Chiefs Resign Within Nine Days; the long-corrupt department is reeling from scandals involving teen prostitution and racist text messages’, Jun. 20, 2016
“Mayor Schaaf chose not to appoint yet another acting police chief, instead placing the department under civilian oversight. Staff will henceforth report directly to the City Administrator until a new police chief is hired. “The tactical and operational decisions will remain with the OPD commanders as they always have,” said Schaaf’s office in a statement. “Administrative and personnel decisions will come directly to the City Administrator.” [snip]
“I am cleaning house, bringing in outside agencies to ensure the integrity of our investigations and will be merciless in punishing those who are found guilty,” she added.
Long plagued by corruption, the OPD has been under federal oversight since 2003.”
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