Wandering Eye: Freddie Gray's attorney releases statement, O'Malley's move to the left, and more

The family of Freddie Gray, who died Sunday, has retained lawyer and former judge William "Billy" Murphy. On Sunday, Murphy released this statement: "On last Sunday morning at about 8 a.m., the police chased Freddie Gray, a 27 year old healthy man, without any evidence he had committed a crime. His take-down and arrest without probable cause occurred under a police video camera, which taped everything including the police dragging and throwing Freddie into a police vehicle while he screamed in pain. While in police custody, his spine was 80 percent severed at his neck. He lapsed into a coma, died, was resuscitated, stayed in a coma and on Monday, underwent extensive surgery at Shock Trauma to save his life. He clung to life for seven days and died today at approximately 7 a.m. We believe the police are keeping the circumstances of Freddie’s death secret until they develop a version of events that will absolve them of all responsibility. However, his family and the citizens of Baltimore deserve to know the real truth; and we will not stop until we get justice for Freddie." (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

WaPo's Rachel Weiner recently did a full autopsy on the South Mountain Creamery asset-forfeiture case that started 2012, when it erupted on City Paper's pages here, here, and here. Weiner writes that the case "is perfect for libertarians trying to stir up opposition to government seizures of cash," since it "appeals to conservatives, liberals, and anyone who likes baby cows," and references how CP's coverage influenced it procedurally, with the government making the farmers-market stalwart pay for talking to the paper. Since then, federal asset-forfeiture strategy, having become a target for widespread stinging criticism, has been adjusted, and Congress currently is considering reforms to rein in the perceived overreach. (Van Smith)

 

Along with Michael Eric Dyson's scathing attack on Cornel West, the new New Republic published a story on former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley's run to the left called "Martin O'Malley Just Jumped to the Left of Elizabeth Warren. Your Move, Hillary." The author, Danny Vinick, argues that O'Malley's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour could have disastrous economic consequences. But, Vinick argues, it's smart politics, especially when paired with his opposition to Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which builds on NAFTA—and gives O'Malley a nice way to attack the Clinton legacy. (Baynard Woods)

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