Freddie Gray Case: Officer Goodson Acquitted On All Charges

Officer Caesar Goodson Not Guilty

Officer Caesar Goodson Not Guilty

Officer Caesar Goodson has been needlessly harassed and had his name and reputation destroyed by the malicious prosecution headed by Baltimore State’s District Attorney Marilyn Mosby. The prosecution has continued their unrelenting witch hunt to prosecute seven officers in the death of Freddie Gray, even though there was not even probable cause for any of the charges against a single one of the officers. On Thursday, the driver of the van that transported Gray, Officer Caesar Goodson, was found not guilty on all charges. Goodson was facing seven counts of the harshest charges, including second degree depraved heart murder and reckless endangerment. It was said that Goodson had the strongest case against him because he had not seatbelted Gray when he was placed in the transport van. This is the equivalent of charging parents with felonies for not seatbelting their children in their vehicles.

The Baltimore Sun reports: 

Goodson was also acquitted of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

His acquittal, which comes after Williams considered the charges for three days, throws the rest of the cases into jeopardy. The other officers charged face similar, but lesser accusations.

Prosecutors alleged Goodson had five chances to render aid to Gray after his neck was broken in the back of the van, which they said demonstrated a “depraved heart.”

They also said Goodson was the direct cause of the injuries, driving the van in a reckless manner that threw him in the back of the van’s steel cage, shackled but unrestrained by a seat belt. As a certified field training officer, prosecutors said Goodson knew Police Department rules and broke them.

Goodson’s defense attorneys said officers who checked on Gray didn’t know he was seriously injured, and that Goodson deferred to decisions of other officers not to put a seat belt on Gray.

His attorneys also disputed the time frame of Gray’s injuries, placing them later in the van’s journey and therefore offering less chances to intervene, and blamed Gray himself, saying he had been placed on his stomach in the van and stood up.

Williams said the state offered theories that were not backed by evidence. “The court cannot simply let things speak for themselves,” he said in his ruling.

He called “rough ride” an “inflammatory term” that is “not to be taken lightly,” and said prosecutors didn’t prove it at all.

Gray, 25, died one week after suffering a fatal injury in the back of the police van, touching off citywide protests against police brutality, and rioting, looting and arson on the day of his funeral.

Goodson, a 16-year veteran of the force, elected a bench trial, bypassing a jury and leaving his fate in the hands of Judge Williams, a former city prosecutor who also once investigated police misconduct for the Justice Department.

Lieutenant Rice is next up on the list to faces charges, for manslaughter; his trial will begin on July 7th. Due to there being no actual evidence that Lieutenant Rice committed any crime, he is also likely to be acquitted.

Marilyn Mosby’s malicious prosecution of these heroes appeared to be politically motivated in order to quell the criminal rioters in Baltimore. Now that Mosby has promised to sacrificed these heroes, and they are all being acquitted, we expect the riots to resume shortly.

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  • Maria Johnson

    I would like an article on how cases like Freddie Grey’s leave police family’s unprotected for a year while the names of good people are being dragged thru the mud. How having their parents mug shots on tv for a year impacts our children and their safety. How people are sad a life is lost but how these officers were convicted by the media and so were all the officers families. It is bad enough a parent may not come home from a dangerous job but to be excused of a crime such as this and then possibly lose a job they have served in for all those years is even more criminal. Nobody can speak up for the family or even the officers because of a gag order. But the same people that scream F the police or black lives matter are the same people that will pick up the phone to dial 911. They have no idea what the life of a cop or that cops family is like or the children who are in school listening to other kids talk badly about their parents. We do and someone needs to tell that story. Yes someone died and that is very tragic. But the ongoing pain for the family does not stop with a not guilty. Even when there was no evidence to begin with this hurt will not go away for a long long time.

  • Homer Epstein

    What’s almost is bad is the fact that people such as Marilyn Mosby, and Mayor Blake, make Crackhead such as freddie grey to be martyrs, or hero’s. It’s funny how the liberal media will not publish or broadcast a story about the real freddy grey, or the real Travon Martin.

    • GyMack

      True Dat. It’ll never happen.

  • GyMack

    The city and the State AG were complicit and in cahoots with the BLM and NAACP