All six officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest and, ultimately, his death, which set off a week of unrest in Balitmore, will be charged with some form of involvement in a homicide, according to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Although there are conflicting accounts of how Mr. Gray’s injuries were sustained, the Baltimore medical examiner was clear that the “severe and critical” neck injury that led to Gray’s death was the result of officers failing to follow protocol. Six officers have been charged with counts ranging from misuse of office to second degree murder.
City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Freddie Gray received his critical injuries in Baltimore police custody and has charged all six officers involved in his death.
The state medical examiner’s office turned over Gray’s autopsy on Friday morning, a day after the police turned over their investigation into Gray’s death.
“The findings of our comprehensive, thorough, and independent investigation coupled with the ME’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide which we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges.”
Mosby said she is charging all six officers in the death of Gray and his illegal arrest.
The weapon for which Gray was arrested – a “switchblade,” according to officers – was found to be a legal-sized knife, leading to questions and concerns as to whether Gray should have been arrested at all. Once handcuffed and shackled, Gray was placed in a transport van, but was not secured with a safety belt, although safety belts are protocol. As a result, it seems Gray fell head-first onto a bolt that caused a dramatic head injury and severed much of his spinal cord. Once allowed out of the transport, he was not given immediate medical attention, although the van did make an unscheduled stop to check on Freddie Gray after an officer expressed concern that he might be hurt.
Warrants have been issued for all six officers, but the States Attorneys office would not say whether they had been taken into custody. The DOJ, which had expressed concern over the incident, has not yet noted whether it will also launch its own investigation.
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