Sun at­tacks Fred­die Gray of­fi­cers, again

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Mary El­iz­a­beth Peit­ersen, Ti­mo­nium

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.

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