Don’t Railroad Freddie Gray Officers

In the recent article “Freddie Gray case trial boards to be prosecuted by outside lawyer, a former school board chair” (Oct. 5), The Baltimore Sun reports, “The disciplinary hearings are the last attempt to mete out justice for Gray, who died days after his spine was severely injured in the back of a police transport wagon.” Those words reveal The Sun’s bias toward punishing the police officers. Rigorous, prolonged investigations by city and federal prosecutors concluded without a criminal conviction. An injustice was not done to Freddie Gray, it is being imposed upon the officers. If The Sun fairly and consistently reported all the facts involved in this matter, the public would likely agree.

The article irresponsibly neglects to reiterate all the pertinent information. Mr. Gray was previously arrested numerous times for drug dealing and was pending court dates. In at least one prior case, he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. While carrying a knife that was illegal for him to possess, he fled police and resisted arrest on the day he was placed in the police van. Davonte Roary, a man who was with Freddie Gray when arrested, later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in an unrelated case.