Freddie Gray, martyr or simple criminal? The man who died after injuries sustained while in Baltimore police custody, indeed had a lengthy criminal history involving many drug related activities, according to Maryland state records. The officers involved in this case also state that he was dealing the night he was arrested.
Gray, a 25 year-old African-American male, died in custody after spending seven days in a coma, from the injuries he sustained during his arrest and subsequent incarceration.
Gray was arrested on April 12th, by four Baltimore police officers, outside of a public housing project called Gilmor Homes, near the Fulton Ave. subway station. The police report states that four bicycle officers attempted to stop Gray for an unspecified reason, and he ran. They caught and detained him until transport arrived.
The specifics regarding Gray’s death are not completely known yet, but the family states that his “windpipe was crushed and his neck was snapped”. Regardless of who was at fault in this incident, his death has sparked a volatile attitude in the city of Baltimore as the torch of protest turns violent.
One of Gray’s friends per the Baltimore Sun, was quoted as saying; “he ran from the police, because he had a history with police beating him.”
Does Gray’s arrest record (listed below) preclude him from fair treatment from authorities? One of the most sacred principles in the American criminal justice system, is holding that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty; but what happens when you flee police officers? What happens when you resist arrest? Maybe this man had been tagged a “bad seed” by Baltimore police officers, but with his proven track record, there is no doubt he deserved the tag. Maybe he was jaded by the treatment he had received in the past at their hands, but all of this does not equate to “continued criminal activity, fleeing and resisting arrest.
I am most certain the Baltimore Police Department, with the assistance of the Department of Justice will get to the bottom of this now “infamous” investigation and set the record straight as they did in Ferguson. My only hope is that people might learn one thing from these incidents; The man with the gun and the badge (no matter how corrupt you think he/she may be) still has the “gun and the badge”. As the theme from that 70s tv show says; “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.”
- March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
- March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
- January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
- January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
- December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
- December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
- January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
- September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
- April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
- July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
- March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
- February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
- August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
- August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts) *Maryland Department of Justice
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams