A lawyer for some of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray has accused State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby of a rush to judgment that raises grave concerns about the integrity of the prosecution. (May 1)
1. President of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Gene Ryan walks out to the podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gene Ryan, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Baltimore City:
"We are disappointed in the apparent rush to judgment given the fact the investigation into this matter has not been concluded. Our officers, like every other American citizen, are entitled to due process. We will continue to support them throughout this judicial process, which we believe will result in a finding of innocence."
3. Close of seal on podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Davey, attorney:
"In my twenty years career as a law enforcement officer and sixteen years as an attorney, I have never seen such a hurried rush to file criminal charges which I believe are driven by forces which are separate and apart from the application of law and the facts of this case as we know them. No one condones police misconduct. This is especially true of the entire FOP membership, including my client who is a 17-year-veteran of this department, who has dedicated his life to serving the public. Let me state in no uncertain terms that Lieutenant Rice and all of the officers involved at all times acted reasonably and in accordance with their training as Baltimore police officers. No officer injured Mr. Gray, caused harm to Mr. Gray, and they are truly saddened by his death. These officers did nothing wrong. As all of the facts surrounding this case come out in the appropriate forum, the officers' lack of wrongdoing will be made abundantly clear. We believe that the actions taken today by the state's attorney are an egregious rush to judgment and we have grave concerns about the fairness and integrity of the prosecution of our officers."
"We are extremely frustrated and shocked by the circumstances that have transpired today. As Baltimore police officers, we are not at odds with the community. Let me repeat that: we are not at odds with the community. In fact, we are sworn to protect the community and those who are protesting against the six officers that are involved in this case. Our organization has supported these officers since the beginning of this difficult situation and we will continue to do so."