Baltimore Cop Wesley Cagle Found Guilty of Assault

On Dec. 28, 2014, Baltimore police officer Wesley Cagle and three other officers responded to a commercial burglary. Authorities say 47-year-old Michael Johansen ran from the building and officers ordered him to show his hands.

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Victim, Michael Johansen, shows surgical scars resulting from being shot by Baltimore police.

Officers said that Michael reached down as if going for a gun, and two officers shot him. Prosecutors say that Cagle then approached Michael who was lying on the floor and shot him once in the groin.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges against Cagle.  Michael Johansen survived and testified against Cagle at trial.

The Baltimore Sun reports;

“In a rare conviction in a use-of-force case against a police officer, jurors found Wesley Cagle, 46, guilty of first-degree assault and a handgun charge. Prosecutors said Cagle shot Michael Johansen in the groin as he lay in the doorway of an East Baltimore corner store after two other officers had shot the man.”

The jury’s foreman was interviewed and said that the video where Michael had his hands up saying he was unarmed, helped the jury reach its verdict of guilty.

“There was no need for him to take that final shot,” said jury foreman Jerome Harper.

Michael testified that he was a heroin addict who was looking for money on the night he was shot.

The two other officers who shot Johansen; Isiah Smith and Keven Leary, were cleared in the shooting and testified for the prosecution.

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Wesley Cagle, convicted for assault and weapons charge

Cagle, a 15-year veteran of the Police Department, stood silently at the defense table with his attorneys as the verdict was read.  Members of his family who were seated behind him cried when hearing the verdict.

The firearms conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison without parole. The assault charge conviction carries a sentence of up to 25 years.

Judge Wanda Keyes Heard said Cagle could remain free on bail until his sentencing Nov. 18, 2016.

Cagle had been suspended without pay.  After the verdict, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said he would take immediate action to terminate Cagle’s employment.

 

Posted on 08/05/2016, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Trial Videos, Trials and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    The jury’s foreman was interviewed and said that the video where Michael had his hands up saying he was unarmed, helped the jury reach its verdict of guilty.

    “There was no need for him to take that final shot,” said jury foreman Jerome Harper.

    I can see why the jury had no trouble handing down that guilty verdict.

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  2. chuquestaquenumber1

    I don’t recall DA Mosby receiving hatred for prosecuting these COPS.

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    • Chuquest,
      EXACTLY! The message they send is that when SA Mosby charges cops for the death of a Black man, she is wrong. But, when she charges a cop for attempting to murder a White man, and gets a conviction of assault, they are silent.

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  3. Well, this proves what we already knew. White lives matter to the justice system.

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  4. He should have been convicted of attempted murder. But it’s a start that he was convicted at all. And we all know how this would have turned out had his victim not been white.

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    • Mindyme,
      I considered that and some other things. I looked to see if Michael had filed a civil suit but I didn’t find anything reporting that he had. Since he was in the act of committing a crime, it might be difficult to get legal representation to seek redress for his injuries. Considering how cases have been decided recently, if the victim receives a settlement and that is public knowledge, judges and/or juries are unlikely to convict defendant cops.

      Another thing that no doubt helped the case is that Michael lived to testify at trial. Now, had he not been White, he might not have been alive to do that. Instead of being shot in the groin, it might have been the chest, or head.

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  5. butterflydreamer2

    I agree mindyme62.

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  6. And it could not be more obvious, different outcomes for different colors. My contempt for the legal system keeps growing.

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    • Shannon,
      And different responses, or maybe I should say no response, from those who criticize Mosby for doing her job when the victim is Black. She does her job to prosecute regardless of the race of victims and defendants. Don’t you just love seeing how the white supremacists are taunting her about the law suits filed against her? I think it’s all for publicity, harassment, and to place her under stress, because prosecutors are given immunity. But, we shall see where those law suits go.

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