It's important when we consider what just happened in 65 percent black Baltimore today, when the city accepted liability for Gray's arrest and death... though asserting no-wrong doing by the police (how could the police have done anything wrong when it was State's Attorney Mosby who asked them to target the very spot where the convicted heroin dealer was arrested?).
|The Freddie Gray Empowerment Center will teach young blacks in Baltimore how to exploit their injuries at the hands of law enforcement and turn them into multi-million dollar settlements...|
Not only did the city accept liability in Gray's arrest and death, they agreed to pay out the "crash for cash" schemers family $6.4 million. [Gray family settlement will be raised at officers' criminal hearing, analysts say, Baltimore Sun, September 8, 2015]:
In outlining a planned $6.4 million civil settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, city officials stressed — in two underlined and boldface words — that the agreement has "nothing whatsoever" to do with the pending criminal proceedings against six police officers charged in Gray's arrest and death.
Analysts said that's arguably true from a legal standpoint, but not from a practical one.
"It's definitely an issue that's going to be raised, and it's definitely going to come to the forefront of the conversation" during a motions hearing this week to determine whether the officers should be tried in Baltimore, said Jeremy Eldridge, a defense attorney and former city prosecutor.
"Once again, there has been a direct impact on the citizens of Baltimore City. First and foremost, it's taxpayer money that's being used to fund this settlement," Eldridge said. "And although there's not a finding [of] liability on the part of the officers, the city's acknowledgment and subsequent settlement certainly connote some acknowledgment of liability.
And for the average citizen to separate the two is going to be extremely difficult." Legal analysts said it's unclear how Circuit Judge Barry Williams will rule on the venue issue.
While publicity in high-profile cases doesn't hold the same weight it once did in getting trials moved — the Internet has largely made information universal, as accessible on the Eastern Shore as in East Baltimore — the argument that potential city jurors could be scared to issue a verdict they believe would stir more unrest is a powerful one, they said. Under the settlement, the city accepts liability in Gray's arrest and death but does not acknowledge any wrongdoing by police.
David A. Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law school professor and an expert on police misconduct issues, pointed out that it's easier legally for plaintiffs to prove civil liability than it is for a prosecutor to prove criminal guilt. Nonetheless, he said, the settlement could hinder the officers' ability to get a fair trial in Baltimore.
"If potential jurors don't understand the distinction, and they just think the city is admitting the police officers are at fault, a judge would tell them otherwise in jury instructions," Harris said. "But a lot of folks might still carry the thought of the civil settlement with them as potential jurors. So I would expect the civil settlement to come up in defense motions for change of venue."Any hope of Baltimore ever recovering from the black death plaguing the city just ended. There will be no gentrification in the 65 percent black city.
Remember: Baltimore is a city with the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center opened to mentor young black kids into how they to can hit the ghetto lottery for their families, becoming far more valuable in death than their lives ever were worth.
In the end, Freddie Gray shows us Black Lives Matter is a lie; it's Black Deaths Matter, and how they can be exploited for quick settlements.