Tags: Baltimore Riots | Exclusive Interviews | Newsmax Now | Ron Hosko | Orrin Hudson | Baltimore | indictment

Ex-FBI Official: Baltimore Prosecutor 'Likely' Overcharged Cops

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 08:43 PM

The prosecutor whose office indicted six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray has filed more severe criminal charges, including murder, than the facts of the case likely will support, a former FBI assistant director told Newsmax TV  on Monday.

"These charges are just the beginning," Ron Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, told "Newsmax Now" hosts John Bachman and Miranda Kahn. "We are a long, long way from the end, and did she overstep? Did she overcharge? Very likely. She's got her work cut out for her now."

Story continues below video.


Watch Newsmax TV on DIRECTV Ch. 349, DISH Ch. 223 and Verizon FiOS Ch. 115. Get Newsmax TV on your cable system – Click Here Now


The state's attorney for the city of Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, announced the indictments on Friday in a live press conference that drew international attention — and criticism that both the charges and her remarks were excessively political and unfair to the indicted officers.

"Her comments sounded like a political pep rally as much as the thoughtful comments of a prosecutor where they have serious work ahead," said Hosko, who was joined on air by Orrin Hudson, a former Alabama state trooper whose foundation, "Be Someone," teaches chess to underprivileged youths.

Hudson said that Mosby helped restore peace to Baltimore after rioting broke out last week in response to Gray's death.

Gray, 25, died of injures he reportedly suffered while in police custody, leaving Baltimore as the latest U.S. city to be rocked by violent protests over race and policing since the death last August of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

In the wake of Mosby's announcement on Friday, "No one got killed, no one got hurt, so we're good," said Hudson. "So everything is peaceful — she made a brilliant move — and then we'll just follow the facts."

"I pray for everybody that's involved," said Hudson. "I was a state trooper. I've been there; I know what it's like. But at the same time … at the end of the day she made a smart move because if she would have went the other way, it would have been horrible."

Hudson, who is based in Georgia, said that activists like himself now have the time they need to go into Baltimore and work with residents and help them move forward peacefully — whatever the outcome of the legal proceedings against the six officers.

"I'll be in there doing a lot of training," he said.

Hosko said he is also concerned about the possible after-effects of Friday's indictments on law enforcement and high-crime communities, especially if cops on the beat become hesitant to confront suspicious behavior or make good-faith arrests for fear that they will end up being charged with criminal offenses.

"What's the impact of that in our communities that need the police there?" said Hosko.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Newsmax-Tv
The prosecutor whose office indicted six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray has filed more severe criminal charges, including murder, than the facts of the case likely will support, a former FBI assistant director told Newsmax TV on Monday.
Ron Hosko, Orrin Hudson, Baltimore, indictment, police, Freddi Gray, overcharge, overstep
479
2015-43-04
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:43 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved