The city of Baltimore, MD has had a police force that has been accused of excessive force, systematic racism, and often viewed as having more of a gang mentality. An article in The New York Times, published on April 25, 2015, The Baltimore Sun reported the taxpayers of Baltimore had paid $5.7 million in judgements or settlements since 2011, in 102 law in suits alleging police misconduct.1
The Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, formally requested a full investigation to be done by the Department of Justice, concerning weather the Baltimore Police Department’s officers engaged in unconstitutional patterns of abuse or discrimination. This request was made after the arrest of Freddie Gray, on April 12, 2015, in which Gray sustained a spinal cord injury, while in police custody that lead to Mr. Gray, dying seven days later on April 19, 2015 at University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center The New York Times (Stolberg, S. 2015).
The Statement, of Ms. Mosby, of the State Attorney’s Office is provided by The New York Times (Almukhtar, Buchanan, Lai, Wallace, & Yourish, 2015), On the Day of the incident, April 12, 2015, Lt. Rice, Off. Nero, and Off. Miller, three police officers on bicycles made eye contact with Gray, he lead them on a foot pursuit, eventually surrendering to the officers. The officers handcuffed Gray, while face down, Gray asked for an inhaler, with no attention given to his medical need. One of the officers helped Gray into a sitting position, and searched his pockets, in which they found a knife; which is legal to have by MD state law. Gray was then placed under arrest for possession of a switch blade knife, then officers returned him onto his stomach and restrained him until the police transport van arrived.
Upon the arrival of the van at 8:40 am, driven by Officer Goodson, Gray was place into the van handcuffed and without a safety belt. He again asked for an inhaler, and no medical...