Freddie Gray died of "high-impact" injury, Baltimore State Attorney calls for action
A post-mortem examination released yesterday indicates that 25-year-old Freddie Gray died of a violently induced spinal injury.
Gray's death sparked riots and protests throughout the city of Baltimore and across the country.
The six officers involved in Gray's death were charged with second-degree depraved heart murder and manslaughter, among several other charges.
According to the Baltimore Sun, new autopsy evidence revealed that Gray's death was caused by a "high-energy" impact, possibly caused by Gray standing in the back of the accelerating police van while in custody. Gray was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt, but his ankles and wrists were shackled.
Although the circumstances surrounding the death technically qualify as accidental, the death was still ruled as a homicide for negligent conduct on the part of the officers.
Traces of cannabis and opioids were also found in his system.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been quoted as saying that this event should spark a movement in young people.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan published on Tuesday she says, "As young people, we need to utilize this moment and make it into a movement, to address some of the structural, socioeconomic, and systemic issues that plague our communities all across the country, not just in Baltimore."