Interesting Links: May 1, 2015

Here are links to some interesting news articles that I came across today. These are about how the police in Baltimore still believe that they, and not any other higher branch of the government, is the ultimate power in that city.

Link 1: The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint

Kevin Moore, the man who filmed Freddie Gray’s brutal arrest, has now himself been arrested following “harassment and intimidation” from Baltimore police. Moore was arrested at gunpoint last night along with two other members of Cop Watch, a group dedicated to filming and documenting police work. His video of Gray’s arrest was shot shortly before the man suffered spinal injuries while in police custody that led to his death.

Link 2: FOP calls on prosecutor to recuse herself, defends officers

The letter was released just minutes before Mosby announced charges against the officers. “Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night,” the letter states. “As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray.” Ryan requests that Mosby appoint a “Special Independent Prosecutor.”

The FOP letter also expresses problems with Mosby’s marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby. “Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation,” the letter states. “In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibility, I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed.”

Link 3: Baltimore activists recount how police unions crushed accountability reforms

Only weeks before Freddie Gray’s death while in custody of Baltimore police, cops from around the state filled a committee hearing room in Annapolis to aggressively lobby against a wave of reform bills aimed at increasing police accountability in Maryland. The police won: every bill to make it easier to investigate and prosecute police misconduct went down to defeat, leaving the state’s extraordinarily cop-friendly laws in place. It’s a measure of the egregious circumstances of Grey’s death and the public outcry afterward that six police officers have nevertheless been indicted.

A word about the story in the 3rd link- past performance is no guarantee of future success.

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