Clarke: 6 Baltimore Cops Are 'Political Prisoners,' Can't Get a Fair Trial in the City
The trials of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will be held in Baltimore, Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled on Thursday.
Lawyers for the officers asked for the trials to be moved outside the city, arguing that the protests and publicity following Gray's death - coupled with the city officials' recent $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with Gray's family - would make it difficult to find an unbiased jury pool.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said on "The Kelly File" tonight that the law enforcement community is on edge because the prosecutor's office has been "weaponized" for political activism.
He said it will be next to impossible to find a jury that is able to detach emotionally from the case and determine guilt or innocence based purely on the facts.
Clarke said this is a highly problematic situation, but it at least sets up a good appeal for the officers.
"They can't get a fair trial in Baltimore County," Clarke said, calling the officers "political prisoners."
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