The death of Freddie Gray has been ruled a homicide, Baltimore authorities announced on Friday, as such, prosecutors will charge six police officers with homicide, manslaughter and misconduct.
Gray died while in police custody. He had sustained a severe spinal cord injury.
Baltimore state attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said that the officers abused Gray and failed to seek medical treatment after he sustained the injury. By the time the officers brought Gray to the van to take him away, “Mr. Gray was no longer breathing at all,” said Mosby.
“We have probable cause to file criminal charges,” Ms. Mosby said.
The death of Gray is believed to be the result of an injury he sustained while riding in the van without a seatbelt, said Mosby.
Mosby also said that although Gray had a knife on his persons, “The knife was not a switchblade, and it is lawful,” also noting that the officers “failed to establish probable cause for an arrest.”
The officers charged:
One officer, 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.