Mary Koch, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy partner and one of the attorneys representing the family of Freddie Gray, the young man who died in police custody this Sunday, appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss some of the questions that still need to be answered.
As a former prosecutor, Ms. Koch lists several questions that could have been addressed at yesterday’s press conference with Deputy Commissioner Rodriguez, but weren’t.
First on her list: “Why was Freddie Gray was arrested? There is no indication that he did anything wrong.”
Next up: What happened in that van?
“He was being loaded, literally, into the wagon, and he was not being belligerent at all, as a matter of fact he was crying out in pain. It’s clear from that video he could not use his legs. Why didn’t someone stop right then and there and have the compassion and the wherewithal to call for medical help immediately?”
She also questions what happened to the knife Mr. Gray is alleged to have been carrying.
“This is the knife that the application for statement of charges says was recovered and was the reason for the arrest-the knife comes after they’ve already ‘apprehended’ Mr. Gray.”
She asks, “Why didn’t Deputy Commissioner Rodriguez bring that knife to show members of the community what exactly the officers found?” And, more importantly, “How exactly was the knife found?”
Like so many others across the city, Ms. Koch says she has more questions she wants answered, especially in regards to the training of our police officers, how they conduct investigations, how they determine reasonable suspicion and probable cause. All of Baltimore deserves answers.