Freddie Gray protesters were called a “lynch mob” by the Baltimore police union president because they called for the officers involved in his death to be jailed immediately.
Gene Ryan thinks Black people are getting all uppity by protesting another death by police officers of an unarmed black man and the cops are having none of that.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, expressed sympathy for the family of Gray, 25, who died from a spinal cord injury Sunday morning, a week after he was chased and arrested by police. Officials have not said how he was hurt but believe it happened during the 30-minute ride in the back of a police van.
Ryan expressed concern about the “rhetoric of the protests,” which have continued all week since Gray’s death.
“The images seen on television look and sound much like a lynch mob in that they are calling for the immediate imprisonment of these officers without them ever receiving the due process that is the Constitutional right of every citizen, including law enforcement officers,” Ryan said in a statement.
Gray’s spine was virtually severed and his neck was broken while he was in police custody.
William “Billy” Murphy, the attorney for the Gray family said he could not fathom that the Baltimore police union could ever liken protesters to a “lynch mob.”
“We’ve been the victims of the lynching and now we’re the lynch mob?” he asked. “The president of the police union called peaceful protests and the anger at the death of a man to severe and unfathomable injuries while in police custody a lynch mob? It doesn’t get more insensitive or insulting than that. These remarks illustrate why black people and the police don’t get along.”
Murphy called for “an immediate apology and a retraction.”
“He needs to issue an apology at the speed of light and focus on the more important issues of how this black man didn’t deserve to die and have his spinal cord severed and his neck broken — how that happened,” Murphy said.
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Ryan then backpedaled his comment in a news conference, saying, “Maybe I need to reword that,” while he continued to support the officers he said had committed no crime.
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