Sen. Whitehouse reacts to ongoing situation in Baltimore


Warwick, R.I. (WPRI) – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse talked with Eyewitness News about the ongoing situation in Baltimore and offered his perspective as a former Attorney General for Rhode Island.

On Saturday Eyewitness News caught up with Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and talked to him about ongoing protests in Baltimore, following the police custody death of Freddie Gray.

We asked Sen. Whitehouse, who is the former Attorney General of Rhode Island, what implications could be now that charges have been filed against the six Baltimore Police officers involved in Gray’s death. He said, ” You really do want to make sure that when an incident like this takes place, law enforcement can respond appropriately, And if there are police officers that need to be charged that the right thing gets done and if that’s the right thing, that that gets done.”

Eyewitness News also asked the Senator his opinions on the protests and rights and the comments from Freddie’s Gray family now that charges have been filed.

Whitehouse said, ” It’s one of those things as a prosecutor you learn to kind of step back, investigate hard, prosecute hard but respect the process and respect that nobody is guilty in this country until they’ve been proven so.”

The Senator syas that he and others in Washington are working to negotiate three major pieces of bi-partisan legislation around criminal justice sentencing reforms.”We have not done a very good job of preparing people who are leaving incarceration for life on the outside,” Senator Whitehouse said.

The Senator also said he is happy to be part of those bi-partisan conversations and that Rhode Island has set the example for sentencing reform being considered nationwide.

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