About three weeks before Freddie Gray was chased ... the office of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby asked police to target the intersection with "enhanced" drug enforcement efforts.Defense attorneys want Mosby removed from the case because of her involvement in the police initiative.
"It must be understood that Mrs. Mosby was directing these officers to one of the highest crime intersections in Baltimore City and asking them to make arrests, conduct surveillance, and stop crime," the defense attorneys wrote. "Now, the State is apparently making the unimaginable argument that the police officers are not allowed to use handcuffs to protect their safety and prevent flight in an investigatory detention where the suspect fled in a high crime area and actually had a weapon on him."
[Western District commander Maj.] Robinson told [Lt.] Rice and the other officers to begin a "daily narcotics initiative" focused on North Avenue and Mount Street, according to the email, and said he would be collecting "daily measurables" from them on their progress.
"This is effective immediately," Robinson wrote, noting that the officers should use cameras, informants and other covert policing tactics to get the job done.
"They want increased productivity, whether it be car stops, field interviews, arrests — that's what they mean by measurables,"
Butler said that he has never seen such orders come from the state's attorney's office but that they come at the request of politicians and community leaders all the time.
"Once you're given an order, you have to carry it out. It's just that simple," he said.
June 10, 2015
My long-standing question related to Freddie Gray -- no doubt tops on everyone's list -- has always been, "Why the hell were officers doing much of anything at 8:45 on a Sunday morning?!" The Baltimore Sun reports: