A Conflict of Interest


Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 11.49.55 PMWhy can’t people do what’s right?  Case in point is Officer Caesar Goodson, if the Daily  Mail can be believed.

Once again, the black man is the one facing the worst of the charges in the death of Freddie Gray.  I’m sorry, but it was not premeditated murder.  At best is is manslaughter or homicide.  But, let’s charge the black cop more stringently than the other cops.  Caesar Goodson, who was driving the police van, is charged with murder.  Why?  Don’t black lives matter?  According to the Daily Mail, which makes the article suspect, Goodson blames himself for not checking on Gray, and not insisting he be buckled into the van.  If so, why did he drive, allegedly, so fast and recklessly?  It is sickening.  These are the allegations as detailed by Marilyn J. Mosby.

“…Following transport from Baker Street, Mr Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the BPD wagon.
From Baker Street, Officer Goodson proceeded to the vicinity of Mosher Street and Fremont Avenue where he subsequently parked the wagon and proceeded to the back of the wagon to observe Mr Gray.

Despite stopping for the purpose of checking on Mr Gray’s condition, at no point did he seek nor did he render any medical assistance for Mr. Gray.

Officer Goodson returned to his driver’s seat and proceed toward the Central Booking and Intake facility with Mr Gray still unsecured by a seatbelt contrary to a BPD general order.

Several blocks later, Officer Goodson called into dispatch that he needed to check on the status of his prisoner and requested additional units at Dolphin Street and Druid Hill Avenue. Officer William Porter arrived on the scene at Dolphin Street and Druid HIll Avenue.

Both Officer Goodson and Porter proceeded to the back of the wagon to check on the status of Mr Gray’s condition.

Mr Gray at that time requested help and indicated that he could not breathe. Officer Porter asked Mr Gray if he needed a medic at which time Mr Gray indicated at least twice that he was in need of a medic.

Officer Porter then physically assisted Mr Gray from the floor of the van to the bench however despite Mr Gray’s appeal for a medic, both officers assessed Mr Gray’s condition and at no point did either of them restrain Mr Gray per BPD general order nor did they render or request medical assistance.

While discussing the transportation of Mr Gray for medical attention, a request for additional units was made for an arrest at the 1600 West North Avenue. Officer Porter left the civity of Druid Hill Avenue to assist in the arrest of another prisoner at North Avenue.

Despite M. Gray’s obvious and recognized need for medical assistance, Officer Goodson in a grossly negligent manner chose to respond to the 1600 block of West North Avenue with Mr. Gray still unsecured by a seatbelt in the wagon without rendering to or summoning medical assistance for Mr Gray.

Officer Goodson arrived at North Avenue to transport the individual arrested at the location of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue at which time he was again met by Officer Nero, Miller and Porter.

Once the wagon arrived, Officer Goodson walked to the back of the wagon and again opened the doors to the wagon to make observations of Mr Gray.

Sgt Alicia White, Officer Porter and Officer Goodson observed Mr Gray unresponsive on the floor of the wagon. Sgt White who is responsible for investigating two citizen complaints pertaining to Mr Gray’s illegal arrest spoke to the back of Mr Gray’s head. When he did not respond, she did nothing further despite the fact that she was advised that he needed a medic. She made no effort to look or assess or determine his condition.

Despite Mr Gray’s seriously deteriorating medical condition, no medical assistance was rendered or summoned for Mr Gray at that time by any officer.

After completing the North Avenue arrest and loading the additional prisoner into the opposite side of the wagon containing Mr. Gray, Officer Goodson then proceeded to the Western District Station where contrary to the BPD general order, he again failed to restrain Mr Gray in the wagon for at least the fifth time….”

Daily Mail
Daily Mail

What happened to Freddie Gray was deplorable.  It was pure evil.  It was wrong.  I don’t think it should be called depraved heart murder, but should be man-slaughter.  Then again, I am not an attorney.  But, I do know conflict of interest when I see it, and the fact that Mosby did not recuse herself is conflict of interest.

  1. William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr. who represents the Gray family, was a major donor to Mosby’s campaign for prosecutor.  He was on her transition team.
  2. Nick Mosby is a member of the Baltimore City Council and represents the same section of the city, where Gray’s family lives.
  3. On the other hand:  Mosby is from a family of cops.  She dreamed of becoming a judge when she was still a teen.

My problem with this whole indictment is the fact that, because of conflict of interest, like Alan Dershowitz said, any conviction will probably be thrown out on appeal.  There are too many charges.  When you see a list like that, the prosecutor is almost shopping,  or throwing everything or anything that might stick, hoping either they all will or something will.  She had a great case, but she may be endangering it.  There are some critics who say she is inexperienced and highly ambitious.  This is a make or break case.  She makes it she had an amazing career.  She blows it and she fades into obscurity.

It is entirely possible she was doing the only thing left for her to do, hand down indictments and calm the situation in Baltimore.  That alone is frightening, because, while it is a great sign of the power of the people, it also reeks of mob rule.  People can make a difference.  Something needed to be done in Baltimore, that’s for sure, but was this the right way.  What happens if people, especially young people who are ill educated in civics and how this nation operates becomes accustomed to mob rule via violence?  When this becomes the case, no one who had cross paths and done something they don’t like is safe.  Ironically terrifying is the fact that, if this continues, one of these days, someone they think should be prosecuted is going to be killed by a mob.  What happens then?