- The first police officer homicide trials in Baltimore's recent history do not deal with excessive force
- Todd Oppenheim: Freddie Gray case serves as a Band-Aid for a bigger problem in the state
Todd Oppenheim is a felony trial attorney in the Baltimore City branch of the Maryland Public Defender's Office. He is also a candidate for circuit court judge and a proponent of justice system reform. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. Watch the CNN Special Report in collaboration with The Baltimore Sun, "Who Killed Freddie Gray?" on CNN January 19 at 9 p.m. ET.
(CNN)The first police officer homicide trials in Baltimore's recent history do not deal with excessive force. Instead, jurors deciding the cases of the officers involved in Freddie Gray's death will wrestle with the question of whether the defendants' actions were such extreme deviations from standard police policy as to be considered crimes.