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6 Arrested in Freddie Gray Riots Sue Baltimore PD

April 21, 2016  | 

Six men arrested during the unrest prompted by Freddie Gray's death in police custody sued the Baltimore Police Department, the state and more than a dozen officers Tuesday, alleging that they were beaten, abused and deprived of their constitutionally protected right to protest.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the department, the state of Maryland and 22 police officers, as well as former police chief Anthony Batts, who was fired last July and heavily criticized for his response to the unrest.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith and Christine Tobar, public information officer for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, declined to comment citing pending litigation, NBC Washington reports.

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/21/2016 3:16 PM

Suing the Baltimore PD??? Why are these "protesters" all suing. They were arrested; not for protesting, but for participating in a riot, which is a crime. I hope they don't get a penny for their trouble. They deserve a large fine and five years of prison.

Clay @ 4/21/2016 4:59 PM

They were not charged and presumed innocent. They have a solid case. It sounds like they were not even protesters.

kevCopAz @ 4/21/2016 5:38 PM

Anyone in Law Enforcement knows that just because you are not charged does not make the arrest invalid or illegal. This happens all the time with "racially sensitive" issues and large scale arrests.

Nightstalker @ 4/22/2016 12:31 AM

I hope they win millions and for S.E.S. post he is just a kid and NOT a sworn police officer but in a Explorer group of kids as a long time ago i use to be in one before i went to the police academy, In Law-Enforcement you treat the public the right way and honer your badge or get the HELL out of Law-Enforcement and this is what S.E.S. don't understand in life as i seen for myself a lot of bad cops out there wanting to be hot shot cops sadly to say but for the most part good cops out number the bad ones.

playdough's plato @ 4/22/2016 3:16 AM

What are the odds that Nightstalker never made it through the Academy?

Just noting basic spelling and written language proficiency....

tom @ 4/22/2016 5:19 AM

In todays world, too many people thing that rioting and looting equals their right to protest. I have no issues with anybody that wants to assemble to peacefully protest. However, when that protest turns into a riot, accompanied by looting, burning cars, buildings, and things, it may be time to stop the criminal activity. I wasn't there, so I think it should be left up to the people who were. There was a time when a police officers sworn testimony met something in court. Unfortunately, for whatever reasons, it doesn't seem to count anymore, without video or other evidence.

OK the @ 4/22/2016 6:37 AM

Re: nightstalker, based on your comments here and else where I am very skeptical of your claims to being law enforcement. In regards to Baltimore, the DA probably refused to prosecute and dropped the charges. That doesn't invalidate the arrest since probable cause and beyond reasonable doubt are 2 very different standards. The cynic in me believes that they just didn't bother because of the climate surrounding the whole disaster that was Baltimore at the time.

Nightstalker @ 4/22/2016 2:04 PM

Hey playdough's plato, sorry to tell you i passed the Academy and ok the or whoever the hell you call yourself i am IN Law-enforcement and also was a firefighter at one point in my life and i don't give a damn about what a person thinks about me or my spelling but i will tell you one thing i have seen more lowlifes on this site then ever before and this is why i stay away more from posting on this site.

tedb @ 4/22/2016 4:42 PM

NIGHTSTALKER; Does your Sergeant review your reports? I can't believe he/she would allow the egregious spelling and grammatical errors to get by him/her. That has to be the longest complex sentence I have ever seen.

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