Protests over the death of Freddie Gray are growing in Baltimore.
In a prepared statement, which I can only assume was never proofread, the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 compared those protesting the suspicious death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody to a “lynch mob.”
It goes like this: “the images seen on television look and sound much like a lynch mob in that they are calling for the immediate imprisonment of these officers without them ever receiving the due process that is the constitutional right of every citizen, including law enforcement officers.”
Okay, so there’s that.
Also, former Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm was on CNN this morning to voice his disappointment with the police officers involved in the incident, based on what he saw in the cellphone footage of the arrest in which Gray screams in pain.
“What I see is a person in distress, and what should have happened is at that point, they should have called for medical attention to help him out,” he said. “I thought we were better than that,” he said. “I thought we were better trained than that.”
The Daily Beast uncovered a very similar incident that occurred 10 years ago, when 42-year-old Dondi Johnson was arrested by Baltimore police and loaded into a van, suffering a severe spinal injury from which he eventually died.
The Baltimore Police Department is expected to turn over the findings of its investigation of the incident to the state attorney’s office by May 1.