Friday, May 1, 2015
Rawlings-Blake Issues Statement On Indictments in Death of Freddie Gray
BALTIMORE, Md. (May 1, 2015)—Today, Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake issued the following statement in reaction to
the indictment of six Baltimore Police Officers following the death of
Mr Freddie Gray:
"As mayor, I have said from the beginning that no one is above the
law in our city. I was sickened and heartbroken by the statement of charges
we heard today. No one is above the law in our city. Justice must apply to
all of us equally.
With today’s official indictment, I have ordered Police Commissioner
Batts to utilize the full extent of his legal authority and immediately
suspend, without pay, all officers facing felony charges. In fact, warrants
have been executed and all officers are in custody.
We know that the vast majority of the men and women of the Baltimore
Police Department continue to serve our city with pride, courage, and
distinction. But to those who engage in brutality, misconduct, racism and
corruption: there is no place for you in the Baltimore Police Department.
Today’s indictments are the next step in the legal process that is running
I will continue to be relentless in changing the culture of the police
department to ensure that everyone in the City of Baltimore is treated
equally under the law.
There will be justice for Mr. Gray, his family, and for the people of
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