Sheriff David Clarke: Freddie Gray Charges are “George Zimmerman and Duke Lacrosse Cases All Over Again”

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Published on: May 2, 2015

Neil Cavuto welcomed Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke to his program on Friday to discuss the charges against six Baltimore Police Officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Moreover, Sheriff Clarke not only claims the officers are “political prisoners,” but that the way the charges were brought about were reminiscent of the George Zimmerman and Duke Lacrosse cases.

“It’s a miscarriage of justice,” he answered after being asked his thoughts on Marilyn Mosby’s press conference. “This neophyte prosecutor stood up there and made a political statement, Neil, and I say that because she’s chanting or voicing some of the chants from this angry mob. Her job is to tune that out.”

“She said, I hear the voices,” he continued. “She’s not supposed to hear anything as she reviews this case that is not consistent with the rule of law and our system of justice.”

Clarke then went on to elaborate.

“Look, I’m an experienced and a veteran homicide detective,” Clarke said. “I’ve participated in charging conferences. There is no way I have ever gotten a criminal charge within 24 hours after taking over all the reports and evidence to a prosecutor. A prosecutor who is thorough needs several days to sift through hundreds of pages of reports. They usually want to interview some of the witnesses themselves, in person, and they have to sift through all of the evidence, piece by piece, and they have to wait for some of the forensics evidence to conclude, to come back and that’s why I say on a minimum, three to four days.”

“She just got this case yesterday,” Clarke added. “This is political activism. She’ll never prove this beyond a reasonable doubt, and I’m not going to silently stand by and watch my brother officers, offered up as human sacrifices, thrown like red meat to an angry mob, just to appease this angry mob.” 

From Clarke’s perspective, Mosby is an “inexperienced prosecutor” and “she rushed this thing through.”

Later, Clarke said that Mosby would never be able to prove the charges against the officers beyond a reasonable doubt.

“This is George Zimmerman and the Duke Lacrosse case all over again,” he said. “A politically active district attorney or state’s attorney, you can tell the emotion in her voice, she almost did this with glee. And that’s why I believe, like they [the FOP] do…, she needs to remove herself from the case. I hope the state’s attorney general gets involved in this, and sees the error of her ways. The smart thing for her to do is recuse herself and name a special prosecutor.”

Clarke also pointed out that Mosby claims that officers stopped on multiple occasions and didn’t offer Gray medical assistance, but says she has no way to prove that. It is an assumption.

Reports claim a prisoner, Donta Allen, sharing the van with Gray, “told investigators that he could hear Gray ‘banging against the walls’ of the vehicle and believed that he ‘was intentionally trying to injure himself.'” Days later, Allen told an opposite story claiming that his story was being distorted and he feared for his life.

“There may be and probably are, some civil torts here,” the Milwaukee Sheriff said. “But what little I know, and I don’t know all the facts, but I’m listening to the emotion in their voice, and listening to those political statements that she made at the end of that news conference, that’s political activism, it’s wrong, it’s probably in violation of her code of ethics as a lawyer. And again, I’m going to take my time with this, but I’m not going to sit idly by, and I want to call out to every law enforcement officer in the country to pay attention to this. Because, I see a pattern, at least demands from an angry mob, that we are offered up as human sacrifices. We don’t do that in our system of justice in the United States just to please an angry mob. And I sense from what I heard her say, Neil, that that’s what is going on here.”

“There are some things I find in this case… that are problematic from a procedural standpoint, but Neil, it doesn’t make it criminal,” he concluded. “These cops are political prisoners. I’m calling them political prisoners because this state’s attorney, stood up there and made a political statement at the end, talking about she hears the voices, and no justice and no peace.”

There is much I agree with Sheriff Clarke on in his statements. One of the main issues in my mind is that Gray seems to have been arrested, and according to documents, there was no reason for him to be arrested. The documents state that he was charged with a switch blade knife, which wasn’t even discovered until he was in the police van. Though he did have a criminal past involving drugs, there were no drugs found on him and there appears to be no particular reason for his arrest, according to documents and the timeline of officers finding the knife.

It causes me to wonder why they arrested the guy in the first place. I like Sheriff Clarke. He seems to be balanced when he addresses issues. I would like to hear him be asked about the arrest and whether he thinks it was a proper arrest in the first place. As I stated previously, he was in their custody. Therefore, they are responsible for him. If he did the damage to himself, that needs to come out and if the officers did the damage to Gray, then they should be held accountable.

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