In Baltimore, MD there is an obvious disconnect in the way cops treat fellow officers: compared to the way they treat the public when a law is broken. This is blatantly evident in the way three cops who are accused of killing Freddie Gray were taken into custody.
The three officers, Caesar R.Goodson ,Jr., William G. Porter and Edward M. Nero, are seen getting out of a police van without handcuffs, despite being arrested for a violent crime. One of the officers is even given a hug by an unidentified man before entering Central Booking. Usually, suspects who face charges of murder, manslaughter or violent crimes in Baltimore wear handcuffs.
Lt. Sarah Connolly, spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department, stated, “While an individual turning himself in is not a regular occurrence , it is not unusual when an agreement is made between attorneys, the office of the state’s attorney and department for individuals to turn themselves in at a predetermined location where they will be taken into custody.” However, Connolly could not confirm where the officers got into the van or how other suspects facing similar charges are taken into booking without handcuffs. It is not known if the other three officers who were also charged in the death of Freddie Gray–Brian W. Rice, Alicia D. White and Garrett E. Miller–also were given these special privileges.
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