Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik Tuesday slammed the proposed $6.4 million wrongful death settlement the city of Baltimore reached with the family of Freddie Gray, telling Newsmax TV that “this is almost a death warrant for these cops.”
“This is going to help convict the cops,” Kerik, who oversaw the city’s police force during the 9/11 attacks, said in an interview. “This is a miscarriage of justice. It’s wrong — and they’re influencing the jury pool.”
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday that the city had reached the proposed settlement about a week after the first hearing in the criminal case against the six officers.
The settlement, which is expected to resolve any civil claims against the city, still needs the approval of a board that oversees city spending. The board meets Wednesday.
Kerik was vehement towards Rawlings-Blake.
“The mayor said that it should not be interpreted as a judgement on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial,” he told Newsmax. “She has to be completely naïve if she doesn’t think that this settlement is going to have an impact on their trial.
“It’s outrageous and it’s irresponsible for the city, for this settlement at all, pending the trial of these officers,” he added. “I honestly think this is an attempt by the city to influence the jury pool in favor of the Gray family.
“Nobody in their right mind would believe that this isn’t going to have an impact in the jury’s decision in a criminal trial against those cops.”
The officers are already “sentenced to a life of collateral damage, regardless of what the conviction is,” Kerik added. “These men and women are charged with manslaughter and murder. They’re supposed to go before a jury, a fair and unobstructed jury.
“You cannot tell me that this decision, this proposed settlement and settlement if it comes to be, is not going to have a negative impact on their trial. It’s completely outrageous and irresponsible of the city and an attempt for the city to negatively impact the trial of these cops.”
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