Freddie Gray's death ruled a homicide, Baltimore cops charged with murder and manslaughter
Following the conclusion of an investigation on Thursday, the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland has been ruled a homicide.
On Friday morning, the state attorney of Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced that there was sufficient probable cause to pursue charges against the officers involved in Gray's arrest. Mosby said six officers were being charged and warrants for their arrest had already been issued.
On April 12th, Gray was taken into police custody and died from a spinal cord injury. Police and witness statements have conflicted on exactly what occurred to cause Gray's injuries. According to Mosby, after being transported in a wagon to be booked “Mr. Gray was no longer breathing at all.”
According to the New York Times, Ms. Mosby described "repeated mistreatment of Mr. Gray ... they had arrested him with no grounds, violating police procedure by putting him in cuffs and leg cuffs in the van without seat belting him and then repeatedly failing to get him medical attention."
Baltimore's Commissioner, Anthony W. Batts, said the department would now take direction from the attorney's office regarding the future of the investigation.
Reportedly the charges are as follows:
Caesar R. Goodson Jr. was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.
Lt. Brian W. Rice was charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
Officer William G. Porter and Sgt. Alicia D. White were each charged with manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.
Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller were charged with assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
Update: A map of the circuitous route the police wagon took to the station has also been released. It shows that officers deliberately deviated from the fastest route in what should have been a five block trip. They made six stops. The driver of the van is the only officer involved who has not made a statement.
Update: CNN reports: "The six Baltimore officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray have a preliminary hearing on May 27, according to court documents available on the state of Maryland's Judiciary Case Search website. Bail for Caesar Goodson, Alicia White, William Porter and Brian Rice was set at $350,000 each. Edward Nero and Garrett Miller each have a bail of $250,000."