Hours after announcing her campaign for the 2016 GOP nomination, Carly Fiorina said she was “relieved” that six Baltimore officers had been charged in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.
“I think we were all relieved to see the six policemen charged in Baltimore,” Fiorina said during a conference call with reporters. “Any situation in which police are engaged in violence, then police must be held accountable.”
Fiorina also disdained the rioting that broke out in Baltimore following Gray’s funeral last Monday, saying the looters “clearly have no stake in their community.”
The Baltimore Police task force finished its investigation last Thursday and turned its findings over to State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who quickly charged all six officers with homicide. The charges were welcomed by African-American communities who have watched grand juries decline to charge police officers in the deaths of unarmed black suspects, but also brought worries of overreach.
Fiorina was not the only one to use the word “relieved.” Fox News host Geraldo Rivera also said he was relieved the charges had been brought, suggesting concern over further unrest if the officers are not charged.
Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spoke gingerly on the subject yesterday, while former presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday morning that the public needed to stand by law enforcement until all the facts were in.
[h/t The Hill]
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