Freddie Gray Case: Officer Goodson Acquitted On All Charges
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.
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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