Reactions To The Freddie Gray Verdict Show Just How Many People The Case Reached
On Thursday, June 23, Caesar Goodson Jr., one of the officers indicted in the death and arrest of Freddie Gray last April, was acquitted of all charges. The case made headlines when Gray, 25, died after an arrest and transportation to a trauma center. Reports claim he fell into a coma during the transportation process, which led to six officers being indicted, including second-degree depraved heart murder, three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. Needless to say, the reaction to the Freddie Gray verdict, specifically Goodson's acquittal, has been emotionally charged and powerful.
There became a mystery surrounding the death of Gray. As The Atlantic reports, upon Gray's arrival to the police station, he was unable to breathe or talk, and was suffering from issues that would eventually kill him. Then, Baltimore State's Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announced that "The manner of death deemed a homicide by the Maryland State Medical Examiner is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by a seatbelt in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department wagon," which led to the arrest of six police officers.
The case that followed was watched closely by the nation, as the details of the arrest and transportation were theorized and worked out. Needless to say, there was a lot of emotionally charged chatter among the internet that brought out points regarding the case that no one can ignore. Now that the verdict has been announced for Goodson, the internet, specifically Twitter, has filled with opinions regarding the announcement.
If you're black in the USA, an autopsy can rule your death a homicide, but people involved with your death won't get convicted. #FreddieGray— Ash Bee (@Hey_AshB) June 23, 2016
it's obvious that no amount of discourse or concerned words can stop cops from murdering afr am's and getting away with it #FreddieGray— Nuke Texas (@ChanceChapman4) June 23, 2016
This #FreddieGray case is soo exhausting. Another acquitted?! Really?! Then who tf is guilty then??— Telly (@badgaltells) June 23, 2016
I am, yet again, disgusted by the "justice system" in this country. #FreddieGray— Kay Anna (@ModelJournalist) June 23, 2016
Please help me understand how #FreddieGray is dead but nobody is responsible?— Baldy Barnes (@notmadjustmean) June 23, 2016
The overall takeaway in feelings regarding the verdict seem to be focused on the fact that there are still no answers for Freddie Gray's death. More specifically, his family does not have the closure for Gray's death.
How can someone just say "the police just did their job" but #FreddieGray is dead as a result of them doing "the right thing"— yung coconut (@deathriller) June 23, 2016
I hate to see no justice in these police brutality cases #FreddieGray— K.I.N.G (@ObeyMaSwag) June 23, 2016