Dershowitz on Charges Against Baltimore Cops: 'Can't Have Justice By Crowd'
Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz is expressing doubts about the criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers, saying the decision seemed like it was made in order to stop the unrest in the city.
Dershowitz laid out his criticism of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in a sit-down with Steve Doocy this morning.
He took particular issue with a second-degree murder charge being filed against one of the officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
Dershowitz said he has not seen any evidence that would indicate a murder took place.
"A prosecutor shouldn't be listening to the crowd. What I worry about is when I hear some of the crowd saying, 'unless there's a conviction, we're gonna riot again.' You can't have justice by crowd," said Dershowitz, adding that abuse by police is a serious problem in some cities, but "scapegoating" police officers is not a solution.
He questioned whether Mosby may have "mortgaged the future" in order to quell the riots.
Dershowitz recalled that Florida authorities over-charged George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and eventually could not prove the case.
"They did stop the [Baltimore] riots, but that's not the object of justice. We have to remember the presumption of innocence and due process of law apply to everybody, including policemen. If these guys took him on a rough ride, deliberately intending to hurt him and he died. That may be manslaughter. But the evidence has to support that. I haven't seen any evidence of a rough ride yet. That may be a surmise," he said.
Watch his full analysis above.