Baltimore Police Union President: 'Mrs. Mosby, put a stop to these prosecutions'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Gene Ryan, president of the union that represents Baltimore City Police officers, again called on Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to drop charges against the remaining officers charged in the Freddie Gray case.
His remarks came after Judge Barry Williams acquitted Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer standing trial in the case, of all charges.
“We of course are very pleased Judge Williams has found Lt. Rice to be not guilty of all charges,” said Ryan. “As anticipated the facts have spoken for themselves. Lt. Rice’s actions were found to be reasonable based upon the situation he and the other officers faced. Judge Williams found Lt. Rice was not criminally responsible. We again strongly urge Mrs. Mosby to stop her malicious prosecution against the remaining three officers.”
Ryan also called on Baltimore City citizens to request a review of the prosecutor’s handling of evidence during the trials.
“The manner in which the first four cases have been presented, the citizens of Baltimore should be very concerned,” said Ryan. “In each of four cases Mrs. Mosby’s office has been chastised by the court for their failure to follow proper rules of evidence as required by law...The citizens of Baltimore deserve better from Mrs. Mosby’s office and should request a review of the improper actions of the prosecution.”
He ended his statement with a plea before taking questions; “Mrs. Mosby, put a stop to these prosecutions and let us move forward to find the real solutions for the problems facing our city.”
When asked who, if anyone, should be held responsible for Gray’s in-custody injuries and later death Ryan replied, “Well that’s being decided in court right now.”
He added, “The judge is making a decision and this judge is very fair, he’s a very intelligent, articulate person because I’ve been watching him from the very beginning. If you listen to his, or look at his written statements, he goes strictly by the law, strictly by the evidence and the facts presented.”
Rice is the third Baltimore Police officer to be acquitted of all charges in the Freddie Gray case, and the fourth to stand trial.
He was found not guilty of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct.
Officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the police van on the day of Gray's arrest, was found not-guilty last month.
Ryan also called on Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to "reconsider her malicious prosecution against the remaining four officers" after Goodson's acquittal.
A spokesperson from Mosby's office declined comment after Officer Nero's acquittal, citing a gag order in the case.