They call it a “Rough Ride” In Baltimore. What the Baltimore police did to Freddie Gray is such a common tactic, the black community of Baltimore has a a name for it.
Before the City of Baltimore agreed to pay Freddie Gray’s family 6.4 million dollars to settle their pending lawsuit, they had paid many other victims or their families for the exact same thing: people who were put in handcuffs, then battered during what they say were intentionally wild trips, with fast turns and sudden stops that had them bouncing off metal walls and benches. This brand of street payback, sometimes handed out when suspects ran or gave the cops a hard time, goes by different names: Here, it’s known as “the rough ride.” In Philadelphia, where it has a long and ignoble history, cops called it the “nickel ride,” a throwback to the days of 5-cent carnival tickets.
On December 16, 2015 a mistrial was announced by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams in the case of a Baltimore police officer William Porter, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of detainee Freddie Gray. The jury of seven women and five men was unable to reach a verdict after about 16 hours of deliberations. A new trial date could be set as early as Thursday, December 17, 2015.