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6 Baltimore Officers Charged in Freddie Gray "Homicide"

May 01, 2015  | 

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announces her office is filing charges against six Baltimore police officers in the Freddie Gray in-custody death. (Photo: WBAL TV Screen Shot)
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announces her office is filing charges against six Baltimore police officers in the Freddie Gray in-custody death. (Photo: WBAL TV Screen Shot)

The Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced this morning that the death of Freddie Gray was a homicide and her office is charging six police officers. She also said the arrest of Gray was not justified.

The Baltimore Sun reports the officer who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, assault, manslaughter, misconduct and other charges.

A female sergeant faces charges of manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

Two other officers were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Two other officers were charged with assault and misconduct.

A warrant has been issued for the arrests of the officers, WBAL TV reports.

Gray, 25, was chased down and arrested by Baltimore officers on April 12 and died a week later. His family has said he suffered a spinal cord injury and a crushed voice box.

On Thursday, Baltimore City police submitted to the prosecutor its investigation into the Gray case. No details of the report were made available to the public. Mosby said her office began its own investigation, reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses, the day after Gray's arrest.

"What we received yesterday from the Police Department, we already had," Mosby said.

The Fraternal Order of Police released an open letter to the prosecutor, saying: "Each of the officers involved is sincerely saddened by Mr. Gray's passing." The FOP is asking Mosby to appoint a special independent prosecutor, citing conflicts of interest.

 


Comments (9)

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Retired Lawman @ 5/1/2015 8:54 AM

Well...if the evidence is beyond a reasonable doubt and a jury convicts these officers, they should have been convicted. In my state, our DA had charged persons and at least one police officer for killing someone when it was beyond the scope of the law. Police officers have a difficult time of deciding what force is necessary, and some seem to overdo it. It's a dangerous place to be, but police officers can't just beat up someone or kill them when force is not justified. A difficult position to be in if you're a police officer...

Trigger @ 5/1/2015 9:02 AM

Maybe Michael Moore is correct "disarm the police" and another liberal "disban the police". It is simply amazing how some of those in the legal system bow to the demands of a few. We in the profession must continue to protect ourselves and maintain our professionalism.

armando torres @ 5/1/2015 9:30 AM

Their's is no need for this type of conduct for officers, when arresting a suspect.

Saul Berkowitz @ 5/1/2015 9:53 AM

Wow....I would like to read the FULL story...officer arrests seem to come so fast after an alledged crime, and the departments spew forth all personnel records to the press..

Tommy Carter @ 5/1/2015 10:38 AM

I hope the investigation into this matter is conducted thoroughly and without any prejudice against the officers involved. It seems that politicians rush into things without examining, and in their terms; Totality of the Circumstances Involved. To all the officers in Baltimore involved in this incident...you have a lot of support behind you and I pray that truth and understanding prevails.

Tom Ret @ 5/1/2015 10:43 AM

First, with the stand down order and now these indictments, I wonder how many officers will leave Baltimore. The officers remaining must be thinking that they could be charged with a felony if a suspect dies in custody irrespective of how or why they came in contact with that suspect. Is it even possible to seat belt an unruly suspect in a police van if hog tied? If any suspect complains of a medical issue, whether bogus or not, how many officers will want to take a chance of not taking time for a medical transport if they could possibly face a murder charge if they don't? Then there is the obvious question, was the DA's decision to charge based solely on the facts or pressure from the feds or to pacify rioters?

CaptMidnight @ 5/1/2015 3:04 PM

This is why you need a union rep. Pay your FOP dues every month.
Being Accountable works both ways.

Marlene M Brown @ 5/2/2015 8:05 AM

i'm so confused. What aré the details? Why were there so many police involved? What did Freddy do? Why did the police feel they had to use so much force? So all these policemenman beat him to death.....one young man? Please provide more details.
I'm trying to keep up ,but too many unanswered questions.
I am white,but this could also happen to anyone 's son,if this is true. Was he on drugs? We have to be able to explain this to our kids.

bob retired leo @ 5/2/2015 1:09 PM

Ok, now that the politicians have catered to the thugs, gangs and rioters, and showed then to get your way you can destroy your city and all is co·pa·cet·ic. I am sure there was no malice by the officers and the charges will be significantly reduced if not dropped. As a former union rep I have seen this many times. So I guess, if history repeats itself , ding ding....goes the bell... ROUND 2 of the riots.

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