Freddie Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide, 6 Officers Face Charges

The death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore citizen who died after suffering extreme spinal injuries during an unlawful arrest, has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office as a result of severe trauma, reports CNN.

Marilyn J. Mobsy, the State’s Attorney and chief prosecutor of Baltimore, announced earlier that her office had found probable cause to press charges against the officers involved in the case.

Mosby gave a rundown of the list of charges now facing the six officers responsible for detaining Gray and transporting him in their police wagon on the morning of April 12. There are varying charges for each individual officer, ranging from counts of manslaughter and second-degree assault to misconduct in office and false imprisonment, among others.

One officer in particular has been charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, the most serious charge of all. Mosby stated that a warrant has been issued for that officer’s arrest, as well as all others.

On the morning of April 12, 2015, Gray suffered severe spinal injuries after being illegally forced into police custody. Video was captured of the arrest, where Gray is heard pleading with officers and crying in pain, with onlookers shouting that his leg appeared to be broken. Days later, Gray slipped into a coma and died a week after being apprehend by police.

Officers involved in the arrest never explained why Gray had been apprehended in the first place, only noting that he ran from officers, but never detailing how he received his spinal injuries. However, Mosby revealed that Gray had suffered “a severe and critical neck injury” after being handcuffed and shackled by his feet, then placed in the police wagon unrestrained by a seat belt, which is a violation of Baltimore police policy. The officers continually ignored Gray’s plea for a medic, which ultimately resulted in his death.

Mosby made it clear that Gray’s arrest was unwarranted and illegal, noting that the knife police found on Gray after his arrest was not a switchblade, and legal under Baltimore laws.

At the end of her news conference, Mosby urged protestors to stay calm in the wake of the charges. “I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ However your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man,” she said.

But that didn’t stop the outpour of celebration after the charges were announced.

Finally, some justice has been served. Now all we have to do is wait to see how the verdicts unfold.


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