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Wednesday 22 September 2021
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Baltimore State Attorney Rules Gray’s Death a Homicide, Charges Officers

By Staff

 

mosbyBaltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has ruled Freddie Gray’s death a homicide, reports stated.

Mosby said the six officers involved in Gray’s death, a 25-year-old black man who’d suffered a spinal cord injury while in Baltimore police custody, have been charged with several crimes, including second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct, and false imprisonment.

A warrant has been issued for their arrest.

Mosby said the knife Gray had been carrying was lawful, making his arrest illegal, and that he’d suffered a severe neck injury as a result of being shackled without a seat belt in the van.

According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, “Mosby said an investigation found officers placed Gray in wrist and ankle restraints and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.”

“Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and was in cardiac arrest she said.”

The officers have been charged with the following:

  • Officer Caesar Goodson, 45, driver of the police van, has been charged with second degree murder, three counts of manslaughter, assault in the second degree, and misconduct.
  • Officer Edward Nero, 29, has been charged with two counts of second degree assault, two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.
  • Officer William Porter, 25, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, and misconduct.
  • Brian Rice, 41, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second degree assault, two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.
  • Officer Garret Miller, 26, has been charged with two counts of second degree assault, two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.
  • And, Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30, has been charged with manslaughter, second degree assault, and misconduct.

Mosby has called for peace as the state attempts to deliver justice on behalf of Gray.

“Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man,” she stated.

Upon learning of the charges, President Barack Obama also said he hopes protests will continue to be peaceful, and that it is vital for the people of Baltimore to learn the truth about Gray’s death.

However, in a letter to Mosby, the city’s police union president said none of the officers were responsible for Gray’s death, and that the officers “diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.”

The union has asked that a special independent prosecutor be appointed to look at the case.