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
BHR Hollywood Reports......Shortly before she became the youngest top prosecutor in any major American city, Marilyn J. Mosby, a daughter and granddaughter of police officers, had tough words about how the nation’s criminal justice system had handled mistreatment of black men by the police.

Marilyn J. Mosby
On Friday, Ms. Mosby made clear that she planned to proceed at a different pace.

 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.

  
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
The announcement by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby left no doubt about what she thinks happened April 12, when Gray was arrested:

 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.

Freddie Gray 
"To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public," wrote Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police President Gene Ryan.

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.



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