Following Freddie Gray's death in 2015, the practice of "nickel rides" would be revealed to the public. Lieutenant Brian Rice and Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson were found not guilty. Sergeant Alicia White and Officers William Porter and Garrett Miller had their charges dropped by the state. No one was ever punished for killing Freddie Gray.
No one was ever held accountable, and during the whole thing, several of these cops moved up in the ranks, got raises in pay, and new jobs.
After her participation in Gray's murder, Sgt. White was promoted to captain in the Performance Standards Section of the Baltimore City Police Department earlier this month. In an ironic and sneaky move, a news release says that she will do audits and inspections to make sure that the force follows the rules while on duty.
Hopefully, she is not responsible for enforcing correct procedures when cops transport detainees.
According to the medical examiner, Gray's spinal cord was nearly completely severed as a result of a single "high-energy" injury event.
His neck probably broke when the officer slammed on the brakes, causing the most damage possible to Gray, who had not even been tried in court yet, let alone found guilty.
The fact that law enforcement agents took it upon themselves to administer the death penalty without interference from the legal system is the precise essence of extrajudicial killing. The state's attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby, then announced charges on May 1, 2015. Less than a month later, a grand jury indicted all six police officers who were involved in Gray's arrest and death transport.
It seemed that progress had been made in thinning the thin blue line of impunity until each "unofficially" capital offender evaded punishment in a systematic manner.
Even though the people who killed Freddie Gray were accused of everything from second-degree murder to second-degree manslaughter to official misconduct, they were let go.
Sadly, this appears to be a typical occurrence among police personnel with a history of violent behaviour.
The Washington Post examined the instances of 1,881 policemen who had been dismissed from major police agencies in the United States since 2006 and found that 451 of those officers were restored. They got their weapons and badges and returned to the streets, not because the grounds for their dismissal were not valid, but because their offices committed procedural errors in their dismissal.
"In February, a San Antonio police officer who was seen on dashcam challenging a detained man to a fight for the opportunity to be freed was reinstated." In 2015, we saw the reinstatement to the duty of a district officer accused of sexually assaulting a young lady in his patrol vehicle. And in Boston in 2012, a cop was reinstated after being accused of lying, intoxication, and transporting a suspect away from the scene of a nightclub shooting.
The purpose of police unions is to defend officers' employment, but as the research demonstrates, there are instances in which the positions are maintained even though the cops should not be on the streets.
Charles H. Ramsey, former police commissioner in Philadelphia and chief in the District, told the Post that in the last decade, the District had to rehire 80 of the officers it dismissed, and three of them were rehired more than once.
Ramsey said, "It's disheartening to the rank and file, who don't want these kinds of individuals in their ranks." "It generates a great deal of fear among the population." Our credibility is destroyed anytime such events occur. "
The problem has been passed from one government to the next, no matter which political party has been in charge.