Freddie Gray's Death Ruled a Homicide, Six Police Officers Charged
In a press conference on Friday, Marilyn J. Mosby said that police mistreated the 25-year-old Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody in April, over and over again. She called his death a “homicide.”
“We have probable cause to file criminal charges,” she declared before going into detail about the treatment Gray received at the hands of the officers, The New York Times reports. People listening to her speech cheered as she announced the charges.
His death, she said, appeared to have stemmed from riding in the police van without a seatbelt. All six officers involved in his arrest have already been charged, one with second-degree murder. Other charges include several counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and false imprisonment, according to ABC News.
Mosby said that Gray never deserved to be arrested. Indeed, “the knife [he was carrying] was not a switchblade and it is lawful,” she said.
She went on to say that the officers did nothing to help Gray when he asked for assistance and failed to secure him in a seatbelt multiple times throughout his trip to the police station.
Mosby concluded by calling for peace as she carries out the case against the officers.
“I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ However, your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray,” she said.
Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama said that he hadn’t had the chance to see the nature of the charges against the officers, but insisted that it’s “absolutely vital that the truth comes out.”
He added that he’s gratified to see “constructive, thoughtful” protests in recent days.
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