Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Has Charged 6 Officers With The Death Of Freddy Gray
|Marilyn Mosby Has Charged 6 Officers With The Death Of Freddy Gray|
|Marilyn J. Mosby|
In stunning remarks that instantly transformed the mood here, she announced that she was charging six police officers with crimes including murder and manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray,
a 25-year-old black man whose fatal spinal cord injury in police custody had set off nearly two weeks of
unrest, including a devastating night of looting and arson.
Friday the unexpected announcement brought cheers from protesters and words of protest from the police union.
The 25-year-old died, she said, after suffering "a severe and critical neck injury" while being transported "handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained" inside a police van.
It is against police policy to transport a prisoner without proper restraints such as a seat belt.
But the city's police union insisted that none of the officers was responsible for Gray's death.
The driver of the van, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. received the most serious charge: second-degree depraved-heart murder, among other accusations including manslaughter by vehicle.
Charges against the other officers varied. All were accused of misconduct and second-degree assault.
Three were charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to immediately suspend all officers facing charges.