In her opening statement on last night's "Justice," Judge Jeanine Pirro said that cops across the nation are being demonized for the alleged actions of some in Baltimore.

"Maybe we all need to step back and let the justice system take its course," Judge Jeanine said. "And whether they're guilty or not guilty, whether they should have been charged or are overcharged, the passion surrounding this case and arguments to render cops powerless or call for the removal of their guns is nothing short of lunacy and putting all of society at risk."

Judge Jeanine said that cops are the last line of defense that separates us from a barbaric, chaotic society.

"They live on the battlefield, where the fight between good and evil unfolds every day. And often, they quietly die on that very battlefield. And left behind are grieving families, children without parents because someone chose to stand for law and order against chaos," Judge Jeanine said.

"And after their deaths, there are no marches, no burning of businesses and no looting when they're killed. Maybe it's time to recognize and respect the role of men and women [in blue] in our society."

Watch Judge Jeanine's opening statement above and read the full transcript below.


Tonight, cops across the nation are being demonized for the alleged actions of some in Baltimore.

But imagine the 25-year-old running from the police is your son. Your son arrested and thrown in that police van, your son buried

I want you to take race, family, preconceived notions for or against law enforcement out of this.

This is about the facts - pure and simple. I've been there. The elected DA in a tough spot, charging police - the investigative agency that you work with every day.

That you need to testify to put criminals behind bars with a crime that could land them behind those same bars. The issues are hard, the problems fast and furious.

Now there's no question that Baltimore city state's attorney Marilyn Mosby is articulate, passionate and believes in the charges she has brought and believes she can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt. But I’m not so sure.

“The manner of death deemed homicide by Maryland state medical examiner is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by his seatbelt in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department wagon.” – Mosby on Friday

But she is also inexperienced, never having tried a murder case. New at the job - in office for four months - just recently leaving her insurance company job.

Granted, the medical examiner ruled this a homicide. But any experienced prosecutor knows that is nothing more than a classification, meaning it's not an accident, it's not a suicide and it's not undetermined. So why on the same day the autopsy findings are released to her does she file charges?

There is no question that Freddie Gray was healthy enough to run from the police but almost dead when he was taken off that police van.  And in a case as unusual and unique as this, why not seek out pathologists for insight into what the defense will try to show?

And who to charge? Were Freddie Gray's injuries the result of the bicycle cops putting him in a prone position? Were they due to his then being put in a seated position after finding the knife? Or when they put him stomach down on the ground? Or when he was put in a leg lace? Or when he was placed in the police van without a seatbelt? Or when he was removed from the van and flex cuffs placed on his wrists and then leg shackles on his legs? Now, Mosby believes the critical neck injury occurred during the ride to central booking. How does she know that?

Maybe we all need to step back and let the justice system take its course. And whether they're guilty or not guilty, whether they should have been charged or are overcharged, the passion surrounding this case and arguments to render cops powerless or call for the removal of their guns is nothing short of lunacy and putting all of society at risk.

When cops commit crimes, they are prosecuted and jailed. I know - I prosecuted cops.  But it's time for us to recognize the importance and necessity of maintaining and respecting the men and women in blue. And to suggest that all cops are the enemy is absurd.

To those who hate cops and don't want them around: start defending yourself!

The truth? These cops are not paid anywhere near enough to put their lives on the line every day. They're not paid enough to be abused and ridiculed and blamed for society's ills, spit on by murderers, waste thrown at them by prisoners.

Cops are the one line of defense - indeed the last line - that separates us from a barbaric and chaotic society. They live on the battlefield, where the fight between good and evil unfolds every day. And often, they quietly die on that very battlefield. And left behind are grieving families, children without parents because someone chose to stand for law and order against chaos.

And after their deaths, there are no marches, no burning of businesses and no looting when they're killed. Maybe it's time to recognize and respect the role of men and women [in blue] in our society.

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