Freddie Gray’s death has officially been ruled a homicide due to severe trauma. Six police officers will be charged to varying degrees.
On May 1, nearly two weeks after the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, six police officers were charged with varying degrees after the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, ruled the 25-year-old’s death a homicide. The decision came in the midst of riots which have caused chaos throughout Baltimore.
Freddie Gray Murder Verdict
On April 12, Freddie Gray was apprehended by police in Baltimore and, while in custody, received a spinal injury, for which officers failed to seek treatment. Freddie subsequently fell into a coma. One week later, the young man died.
Following massive riots throughout Baltimore, on May 1, the office of Marilyn Mosby announced that they had found probable cause to pursue criminal charges upon all six of the police officers involved in taking Freddie into custody.
The charges differ for each officer, but they range from manslaughter to second degree assault to false imprisonment. Freddie’s initial arrest, according to Marilyn Mosby, was unwarranted as the knife which he had been holding on him was legal under Baltimore law. To see a full list of each officer and what they’re being charged with, click here.
Freddie’s injuries were originally sustained while being transported into custody, after he was placed into a police van in handcuffs and leg restraints, without a seatbelt. By the time Freddie was taken out of the van, he “was no longer breathing at all,” Marilyn said.
In a conference following the decision, Marilyn added of the decision, “I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,” Marilyn said. “However your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.” Upon her remarks, cheers erupted from the crowd which had gathered.
— Casey Mink