Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby brings charges against 6 officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest and death. Photo: wibw.com
Six officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American male in April. Gray suffered injuries and died while in police custody. Gray’s death was ruled a homicide and Gray’s arrest was illegal, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney said today. The arresting officers failed to prove reasonable cause for arresting and holding Gray, Mosby said. All six of the officers are being booked this afternoon, but it’s uncertain if they will be released later.
The State Attorney’s investigation revealed that Gray was unrestrained while being transported and suffered injuries while in police custody. While being transported, Gray told officers more than once that he couldn’t breathe. One officer checked on Gray at least twice and did not render medical help each time and picked up another person, the Baltimore State Attorney said. When Gray appeared unresponsive, the officers then called for medical help and Gray died at the hospital, Mosby said.
“It’s a step in the right direction, ” said Sylvia Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother in Baltimore. Fulton also cautioned demonstrators seeking justice that although the officers face criminal charges, the officers have not gone through a trial nor been convicted.
Baltimore Police Union Attorneys responded this afternoon. They said they are disappointed by today’s developments and “never seen such a rush” to bring charges against the officers. They said the six officers did nothing wrong.