Now that a grand jury has indicted all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the question now arises of who will defend the Baltimore police officers. While at least one officer, Edward Nero, who was indicted on second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment, has a personal defense attorney, as of this point the only other attorney to make statements on the officers’ behalf is the police union’s lawyer, Michael E. Davey.
At the beginning of May, Davey didn’t seem to be too concerned that the charges filed against the officers, which he thought would eventually be cleared. According to The Wall Street Journal, Davey thought the charges were being largely fueled by the case’s publicity. When Davey made an appearance with Gene Ryan, president of the Baltimore police union, he defended the officers and criticized the delivery of the charges.
I have never seen such a hurried rush to deliver criminal charges. We believe these officers will be vindicated as they have done nothing wrong.
The grand jury seems to have decided differently. On Thursday, the most serious charges against the officers, which included “depraved heart” murder, assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment, remained standing.
although Davey may be involved in the case as a whole, this case might only
bring his count up by one officer. According to NBC, Davey is just representing
one of the six police officers, Lt. Brian Rice. That said, Davey has been speaking on
behalf of all of the officers.
I’m very glad that the grand jury chose not to indict officer Nero on false imprisonment and one count of second-degree assault. I’m quite confident he will be acquitted of the remaining charges at trial.
We’ll soon find out if Zayon’s prediction is correct. Moreover, as the case continues to develop the officers’ defenders — and defense — should become clearer.
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