Baltimore officials try to dampen expectations of an immediate resolution to Gray …

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Baltimore officials try to dampen expectations of an immediate resolution to Gray case.

Central to the anger of the death of Freddie Gray is the presumption that Baltimore police officers caused the spinal injury that apparently killed him. The decision on whether to charge any police officers in Freddie Gray’s death falls to recently elected State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is black and from a family of cops.BALTIMORE (AP) — Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody.

A prisoner who shared a ride to jail with Freddie Gray claims the 25-year-old was trying to injure himself inside a police van before he died from unexplained spinal chord injuries, according to a leaked police report. The Freddie Gray case now goes from the Baltimore police to the city’s 35-year-old state’s attorney, who seems to be the best possible person to decide whether any of the cops should face criminal charges. In an effort to be transparent, authorities have told the community they plan to turn over the findings of a police investigation into Freddie Gray’s death to a state’s attorney by Friday. A group of several hundred people had gathered in Union Square before starting off to march in different directions, picking up more demonstrators along the way and growing to more than 1,000 in number, according to NBC New York.

Plenty of people are skeptical about this leak. “We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” Gray family lawyer Jason Downs told The Post. “We question the accuracy of the police reports we’ve seen thus far, including the police report that says Mr. Denver Police Department said it used pepper spray and that eight men and three women were detained for offences including “resisting police, disobedience to lawful orders, obstructing roadways, and interference.” Nikea Ramsey, whose brother was shot and killed in an encounter with Boston police in 2012, told The Associated Press that: “Me and my family, we stand with Baltimore.

Her father, mother and grandfather were police officers and she grew up in what was known in her Boston neighborhood as “the police house.” She has said that she decided to become a prosecutor when she was 14, after her teenage cousin was shot to death in a robbery outside her family’s home. A line of police behind riot shields hurled smoke grenades and fired pepper balls at dozens of protesters to enforce a citywide curfew. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke/AP) But protesters on the streets and high school students who met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday have said there are rumors circulating that some kind of “verdict” will be rendered as soon as Friday. The Washington Post obtained the affidavit from a person who asked the prisoner, who remains jailed for violating a restraining order, not be identified for fears over their safety.

Both Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts spent much of the day Wednesday trying to explain that no final resolution to the case would come Friday. In the past week, Gray has become the new face of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, with many believing his death was caused by police during or after the arrest.

She said that Gray was not put in a seatbelt because, despite his being handcuffed, “he still has his teeth and he still has his saliva,” the police “didn’t want to reach over him.” Peter Weber This is too much and it’s getting out of hand.” In Baltimore itself, thousands crammed an area around City Hall ahead of a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. overnight curfew imposed after riots broke out Monday following Gray’s funeral. We, the members of the community are the justice system because we are the victims of crime…We are the accused…We are the cops…We are the witnesses…We are the perpetrators…We are the judges. And as community members, we are at the jury.” “I learned at a very early age that the criminal justice system is not just the police and the judges and the states attorneys.

Police say Gray fled when they tried to talk to him, and that after tackling him to the ground they found him carrying an illegal switchblade knife and took him into custody. Meanwhile, dozens of people arrested in earlier violent demonstrations in Baltimore were being released early Wednesday evening because police were unable to complete their paperwork in time, the state public defender’s office said.

Today they look better than yesterday, so we’re making a lot of progress.” There were signs throughout the city of life getting back to normal, with schools reopening and cars rolling as usual through streets that had been cleared of debris. The releases were the result of a logjam for police who were scrambling to pull the necessary paperwork to file charges at the same time they were trying to keep peace on the city’s streets, Kowalczyk said. The image of Gray being placed in the van is the last time he is seen before arriving at the hospital about an hour later with a partially severed spinal chord.

Similar protests have erupted over the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York last year, and the death earlier this month in South Carolina of Walter Scott. We’re not giving up on them.” Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, protesters planned Thursday afternoon to conduct a “Philly is Baltimore” demonstration at city hall.

The district attorney is not pressing charges, saying evidence indicates that Tate-Brown was reaching into his car for a loaded pistol, but a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that officers planted the gun. During this stop, Gray asked for medical help due to his asthma and Batts said officers ignored Gray’s worries and continued on to pick up the other prisoner – the 38-year-old man quoted in the recently-released affidavit. He made clear that violence is never acceptable, but he also said that the riot needs to be seen as a symptom of something much bigger than Freddie Gray, much bigger than Baltimore. However, a police spokesman clarified that statement on Wednesday, saying they would be not be releasing anything to the public and the decision to do so would be up to prosecutors. But however much Marilyn Mosby may or may not agree with her husband, she has given an early indication that her office will energetically prosecute people who were arrested during Monday night’s riot and any disturbances that may follow.

The family member, who chose to remain anonymous but appears to be female, said she was speaking out because she didn’t think it was right that no one was standing up for the officers. One of her deputies is said to have asked in several instances on Wednesday that the accused be granted no bail at all as the first cases began to reach criminal court. She says her law enforcement relative, who she says is African American, believes Gray was injured before he was taken away in the police van on April 12. The relative also shot down allegations that the police officer behind the wheel of the van may have driven eratically on purpose to get back at an ‘irate’ Gray.

She says that since paddy wagon drivers are called to the scene of arrests, the driver wouldn’t have been emotionally involved with what happened when Gray was apprehended. If the investigation unexpectedly clears all the cops of any wrongdoing, Marilyn Mosby almost certainly will go where the facts lead, even if the outcome threatens to incite far greater fury than flared at the start of this week. While she believes that her relative is free from any blame, she added that she suspects the police department is hiding something and that there may be a few ‘bad apples’ amongst their ranks. ‘Why can’t they figure out whether this gentleman was injured when he was being chased?

There are a million cameras everywhere.’ The relative says her biggest fear is that all six officers will be punished for Gray’s death, which she thinks only a few may have been directly responsible for. In a situation where you got out there, you risk your life, you make a little bit of money and then something bad happens and nobody is standing behind you, such as the city that you served. ‘How would anybody be doing when someone is dead?

She worked as an assistant state’s attorney for a time and then led investigations for an insurance company before she declared herself a candidate for state’s attorney.

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