Sun attacks Freddie Gray officers, again
Your editorial (“Davis’ problem,” Oct. 3) continues to demonstrate The Baltimore Sun’s flagrant bias that the six Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case be punished in some way, regardless of whether the officers were legally responsible for the death of Freddie Gray. By urging that Commissioner Kevin Davis wrap up the investigation as soon as possible, it ignores the fact that, as The Sun itself has previously reported, the internal investigation of these officers is being conducted by a joint team of investigators from the Howard County and Montgomery County police departments. It is this joint team, not Commissioner Davis, who will determine when the investigation will be complete. Fortunately for these six officers, the joint investigative team does not appear to share Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s desire to rush to judgment at the expense of the legal rights of the officers.
As to The Sun’s gratuitously publicizing the recognition of three of the officers by a private group for their courage in fighting for their freedom as well as their careers in the face of public humiliation and financial devastation, would The Sun have been so critical if the group sponsoring the event had been the ACLU? I think not. Apparently, the freedom of association is also now under attack, as well as the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The Sun has chosen to ignore that this presumption applies to the internal investigation as much as it does to criminal charges.