The Baltimore NAACP president shared her thoughts after the state dropped charges against the three remaining officers in the Freddie Gray case, speaking in support of the city state's attorney and calling for more positive change.
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby held a press conference, addressing the decision to drop charges and speaking in support of the decision to file the original charges in 2015.
"I support everything that she said, I support the State's Attorney's actions and what they had to do," Baltimore NAACP president Tessa HIll-Aston said.
Hill-Aston said she did hope that all six officers would go through the trial process, but understands the decision to drop charges.
"The good thing is that she made some charges, the good thing is that we got police in court for their actions, the good thing is that we have cameras in the vans, the good thing is that police behavior might look different now in most cases," Hill-Aston said.
While Hill-Aston feels the changes in Baltimore Police policies, from body worn cameras to email acknowledgement, have been positive.
- Baltimore Police begin issuing body cameras
- Baltimore Police introducing new prisoner transport vans
- New software to make sure officers receive, read and acknowledge emails
- Baltimore Police issued new seat belt order days before Freddie Gray's death
"So we're hoping, and I'm hoping, that with the rules in place that if they do something wrong that we'll have more documentation to take them to court and take and have justice for someone who's injured or dies," Hill-Aston said.
Even with those changes, Hill-Aston said more changes are needed.
"We need to come up with some legislation that we can put forth and see if we can get changes made that we can continue this process so when we have another victim that the law has changed enough that it's not bad behavior, that it is a criminal offense when someone dies,' Hill-Aston said.