Don’t be too nice

Back in April 2015 Freddie Gray, a black man, was arrested by Baltimore police for possessing am illegal knife. In the back of the van in which he was transported his spinal cord was severely injured and he died a few days later.

The medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.” The police had shackled Gray in the back of the van but failed to secure him with a seatbelt, as required by police department regulations.

Gray’s death prompted serious violent protests in Baltimore, a short distance away from Washington DC.

All criminal charges against the police officers involved were dropped in July 2016. Now the Justice Department has said it will bring no federal charges against the six officers involved in the death, because of “insufficient evidence”.

In July President Trump exhorted a conference of US police “not to be too nice” when it comes to transporting suspects.

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