Would be easier to exclude those that didn’t participate.
Via Baltimore Sun
More than two months after Baltimore erupted in rioting, teams of police and federal investigators are still combing evidence in a hunt for those responsible for the destruction and looting.
The Baltimore Police Department has formed a task force to identify suspects, while the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration have called in additional agents to handle the work.
“The cases are particularly important because many of the people who were involved in committing these crimes acted with the assumption that they had impunity,” said Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for Maryland. “There is a sense of urgency.” […]
More than 200 people were taken into custody and held in jail for close to two days under an emergency rule imposed by the governor, but half had to be let go because police had not filed charging papers. They joined 35 who were arrested when protests downtown became violent April 25.[..]
Among them is Wayne Gray, who said he took his 2-year-old son to a protest in April. Representing himself recently in District Court, Gray, 47, wondered aloud how he had ended up in front of a judge while many fellow protesters had gone free.
Called to testify, Officer Garfield O’Toole, a member of the Police Department’s SWAT team, described a chaotic scene during the protest at Pratt and Howard streets.
A large crowd had gathered, and officers formed a long line. O’Toole’s team was ordered by commanders to pull three individuals back from the crowd and they were taken to a police transport wagon.
Gray noted that there was a large crowd and asked the officer, “Why just me?”
Officer Israel Villodas, another member of a tactical extraction team, testified that many in the crowd did not move even as orders to disperse were coming from the police helicopter and officers with bullhorns on the ground.
Judge Jack I. Lesser found Gray guilty of disorderly conduct and imposed a 10-day jail sentence. Gray begged not to be taken into custody right away, saying he needed to make arrangements for his son to be picked up from day care, move the car he drove to the courthouse and get his medications.
Lesser ordered him sent straight to jail.
“I made a mistake and misinterpreted my constitutional right,” Gray said as he was handcuffed by sheriff’s deputies.