Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams Acquitted Police Officer Lt. Brian Rice of all Charges Related to Gray’s Arrest and Death
Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby 0 for 4 …
Add another loss to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. This afternoon, Lt. Brian Rice of the Baltimore Police department was acquitted by Circuit judge Barry G. Williams. Mosby is now 0-4 in the over the top and unfair prosecutions of police officers related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Prosecutors in Baltimore failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitting Lt. Brian Rice of all charges Monday related to Gray’s arrest and death.
Williams cleared Rice, 42, of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in a downtown Baltimore courtroom. The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault charge at the trial’s midpoint, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the start.
Rice chose a bench trial rather than a jury trial, putting his legal fate in Williams’ hands. He was the fourth of six officers charged in the case to go to trial, and the third to be acquitted by Williams. Another officer’s trial ended with a hung jury and mistrial.
Prosecutors alleged that Rice, the highest-ranking officer of the six charged, had caused Gray’s death by failing to secure him in a seat belt in the back of the van, where Gray suffered severe spinal cord injuries last year. Gray, 25, died a week after his arrest. His death sparked widespread protests against police brutality.
The partisan hack who pandered to the mob and unjustly charged 6 police officers so that the mob could get their pound of flesh has been embarrassed again. She is now zero for four, what will now happen to the remaining cases?
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is now zero-for-four in prosecutions against the officers who were present during Gray’s arrest, transportation to jail, and tragic death. The lone defendant who faced a jury trial, Officer William Porter, had his case declared a mistrial last December when the jury could not reach a decision. The other three defendants, Rice, Officer Edward Nero, and Officer Caesar Goodwin, all opted for bench trials in front of Judge Williams and all three have now been acquitted.
Two trials and no convictions …
Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero of the assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in connection with Freddie Gray’s arrest last year outside a West Baltimore housing complex. This is what happens when a bias and overzealous prosecutor charges officers for political purposes.
After two trials and no convictions, Baltimore’s top prosecutor is facing criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray without first ensuring there was enough evidence to bring them to bear.
Even the judge overseeing the cases — in his verdict Monday acquitting the latest officer to stand trial in the death of the African-American man — said the state failed to prove its case on any of the charges.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero of the assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in connection with Gray’s arrest last year outside a West Baltimore housing complex.
Gray died on April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken while handcuffed, shackled, but left unrestrained by a seat belt in the back of a police van. The circumstances of his arrest and his subsequent death triggered protests demanding justice for Gray. On the day of his funeral, rioting and looting broke out. The National Guard responded, and a curfew was imposed.
Williams delivered his verdict in the racially charged case before a packed courtroom Monday. Nero’s parents and his brother sat in the front row; a few rows away, Gray’s stepfather. Noticeably absent, however, was State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who was present when Williams declared a mistrial in the trial for Officer William Porter in December.
After announcing charges against the officers last May — one day after receiving the police department’s investigation while a tense city was still under curfew — Mosby did not shy from the spotlight. She posed for magazine photos, sat for TV interviews and even appeared onstage at a Prince concert in Gray’s honor.
After the acquittal, Nero’s lawyers sought to send a strong message to her.
“Officer Edward Nero, his wife and family are elated that this nightmare is finally over,” wrote Marc Zayon and Allison Levine in a statement. “The state’s attorney for Baltimore city rushed to charge him, as well as the other five officers, completely disregarding the facts of the case and the applicable law. His hope is that the state’s attorney will reevaluate the remaining five officers’ cases and dismiss their charges.”
Former ‘Saved By the Bell’ Star Dustin Diamond (Screech) Convicted of 2 Misdemeanors … Cleared of the Most Serious Felony Charge of Second Degree Reckless Endangerment
SAVED BY THE
BELL JURY …
Dustin Diamond, better known for his role as Screech in the TV show ‘Saved by the Bell’ was found guilty of two misdemeanors; however, was cleared of the most serious felony charge by a Wisconsin jury. Diamond was convicted of two disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon; however, was found not guilty of second-degree reckless endangering safety. You might say he was “saved by the jury. Diamond faced up to 11 years in prison if convicted on all three counts. Instead, the two misdemeanors carry a maximum one-year term. The charges stem from a Wisconsin bar room incident on Christmas Day when a group of intoxicated people started behaving in a rude and insulting manner to Dustin Diamond and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz. Diamond claimed that he did not intentionally mean to stab anyone, everything occurred amidst the chaos.
Dustin Diamond seems to be getting more TV face time these days than when he played Screech.
Diamond, known for his role as Screech in “Saved by the Bell,” was convicted of two misdemeanors but cleared of the most serious felony charge in a Wisconsin barroom stabbing.
The jury’s verdict came hours after the child-actor took the stand in his own defense at trial Friday, reenacting the moment before he allegedly stabbed a man at a bar to protect his fianceé from an attack at a Port Washington, Wis., bar on Christmas Day.
71 Arrested in Cleveland Protests Following Not Guilty Verdict of Police Officer Michael Brelo in Shooting Deaths of Timothy Russell & Malissa Williams
IT WAS AS PREDICTABLE AS SUN THE RISING IN THE EAST …
71 people have been arrested in Cleveland, OH following the not guilty verdict of white police officer Michael Brelo. Yesterday, Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O’Donnell declared that Brela, a white police officer, was “not guilty” of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of two unarmed, black passengers, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The fact that protests turned violent and individuals were arrested was as predictable as the sun rising in the East and setting in the West. Police Chief Calvin Williams said that most protests were peaceful, later in the day, some people “crossed the line,” assaulting bystanders in a downtown restaurant area, briefly blocking a major highway and disrupting business at a shopping center.
Brelo verdict protesters fight at East 4th Street
The police arrested 71 protesters overnight after demonstrations over the acquittal of an officer who climbed onto the hood of a car after a chase and repeatedly shot at two unarmed black occupants, the Cleveland police chief said.
Chief Calvin D. Williams said at a news conference Sunday that the protesters were arrested mostly on charges of aggravated rioting and obstruction of justice. Those arrested include 39 males, 16 females and a number of juveniles, he said.
The police said on Twitter that three people were arrested after a demonstrator threw a sign through a restaurant window, injuring a patron. Two of them were detained for trying to interfere with the arrest of the person who threw the sign, Chief Williams said.
“We only moved in to make arrests when things got violent and protesters refused to disperse,” he said. “We want people to understand, we’re going to help you in this process, but if things turn violent in this situation we will take action.”
Police block protesters from entering the Justice Center in Cleveland after Brelo verdict
VIDEO – CNN: Police blocked a group of protesters from entering the Justice Center
in Cleveland where Michael Brelo was found not guilty of all charges for the shooting deaths of two suspects.
Protesters react to Michael Brelo verdict at Justice Center
Sorry folks, you don’t win any one over when you start chanting the made up lie of “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”. It was a fabricated lie made up by cop haters and the trouble making media that never happened. If you are going to protest, at least do it based on something that is not a lie.
Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo Found Not Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in Shooting Deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams (VIDEO)
NOT GUILTY …
Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O’Donnell has reached the following verdict … 31 year old police officer Michael Brelo has been found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of two unarmed passengers, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The shooting took place following the November 29, 2012 police chase. The not guilty verdict may have ramifications as one again we are presented with a volatile situation as a white police officer killed two black individuals. Hopefully calm will be kept following the verdict.
A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of two unarmed passengers whose car hood he mounted, firing multiple shots into their windshield.
Michael Brelo, 31, who is white, was charged with killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — both of whom were black — after a car chase in November 2012. He rubbed his face and nodded his head as the judge read the verdict.
“Brelo reasonably perceived a threat,” Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell said while he found beyond a reasonable doubt that Brelo caused at least one fatal wound to Williams’ chest, he couldn’t determine that the other fatal shots came from his gun.
“One or two other officers inflicted” the others, O’Donnell said, and therefore, he couldn’t find Brelo guilty of Williams’ death.
UPDATE I: Not Guilty on all charges …
The trial was also notable in that it was a bench trial in which the Judge John. P. O’Connell acted as the finder of fact.
Even more unusually, at the close of the trial the judge spent over an hour, prior to announcing the verdict, stepping through his rationale for coming to his conclusion.
The result is Judge O’Connell ruled that:
- The two counts of voluntary manslaughter had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt;
- The two counts of felonious assault had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt; but
- Brelo escapes legal liability for those assault charges because he proved justification by a preponderance of the evidence.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced sheriff’s deputies will join police to keep streets safe following the verdict in Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo’s trial.
At the end of the trial, O’Donnell said he was aware of unrest related to police use of force in other cities, including Baltimore. Mayor Frank Jackson said during a community meeting that the city is tapping residents, activists and even protesters to help make sure demonstrations don’t become violent.
“I firmly believe that the First Amendment gives every citizen a rightful path to speak out and protest against that which they do not like. However, the path to free speech ends at the door to violence.