Three of the Baltimore police officers facing criminal charges in the famous Freddie Gray case are fighting back against the Baltimore State Attorney!
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Lt. Brian Rice, along with SGt. Alica White and Officer William Porter are suing Marilyn Mosby in federal court, and they are accusing her of false arrest, false defamation and imprisonment, and other counts.
This incident became well known as the death of Freddy Gray resulted in Black Lives Matter and other organizations starting a massive riot in Baltimore, Maryland, which resulted in massive damage and many deaths.
Now, Baltimore cops are fighting back:
A Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, alleging false arrest, false imprisonment and defamation, among other counts, according to federal court documents.
Lt. Brian Rice, one of six Baltimore officers charged in the Gray case, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Maryland on May 2, the same day two of the other officers — Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter — filed a joint defamation lawsuit against Mosby in state Circuit Court. Documents in Rice’s case were first unsealed on Monday.
Like White and Porter, whose lawsuit was unsealed in state court late last month, Rice is also suing Baltimore sheriff’s office Maj. Sam Cogen, who signed off on the charging documents in the Gray case. Also like White and Porter, Rice claims in his lawsuit that Mosby and Cogen knew that he had committed no crime when they brought charges against him — including manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
“His illegal arrest was made without probable cause and demonstrated ill will, improper motivation and/or evil purpose,” Rice’s lawsuit says.
Rice seeks in excess of $75,000 in compensatory damages and in excess of $75,000 in punitive damages from both Mosby and Cogen for each of five counts — false arrest, false imprisonment, violation of his rights under the Maryland Declaration of Rights, violations of his federal civil rights, and defamation of character. He also seeks legal fees.
In discovery, attorneys predict the litigation will show damning political motives behind charging the police officers in this case. Legal experts have raised questions about how quickly Mosby filed charges, as ususally a case would involve more time against police officers.
The first trial begins this Thursday.
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