'Very Chilling Effect': Former Prosecutor Slams Charges Against Baltimore Cops
Former Baltimore Deputy State's Attorney Page Croyder appeared on "Hannity" to share insight on the charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
As she wrote in an article in the Baltimore Sun, Croyder pointed out that Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby bypassed a grand jury and her own homicide unit when filing the charges against the officers a mere two weeks after Gray's death.
"Right off the bat, I, as an ex-prosecutor, wondered how much confidence could we have that these charges actually were appropriate," Croyder said.
She added that Mosby's probable cause statement has two major problems: It does not justify the charge of second-degree murder against the driver of the police van, and the charges against the arresting officers are "very dangerous."
Croyder also disagreed with Mosby's decision to charge the officers because of a lack of probable cause in Gray's arrest.
"If you make that your policy, you’ve completely chilled the police department. Every day they have to make arrests. And probable cause is a very slippery standard. Lawyers disagree, judges disagree. And very often, police officers make mistakes or they exercise their judgment in a way that somebody else disagrees with them," Croyder explained.
"If you were to lock them up and charge them criminally, they really couldn’t do their jobs. They would be like, 'I’m not going to make an arrest, if I’m wrong I could go to jail.' So that's a very chilling effect."
Watch the clip from "Hannity" above.
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