Charges Dropped Against Officers In Freddie Gray Case

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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All remaining charges against the Baltimore officers involved with the highly publicized 2015 Freddie Gray case have been officially dropped.

"All of our clients are thrilled with what happened today, and we'll be making a comment later to address the details of what happened," said Catherine Flynn, one of the police officer's attorneys, according to The Baltimore Sun. 

In April 2015, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested for carrying a switchblade, according to CBS News. Gray was then placed in the back a police van but not seat-belted, which is required under police department rules.

Gray told officers he was having trouble breathing and asked for an inhaler, but was denied. After an initial stop, Gray sustained a fatal neck injury, and despite indicating to officers that he was in need of a medic, no officer made the call and the van made three more stops before finally reaching the police station. 

"Mr. Gray was no longer breathing at all. A medic was finally called to the scene where upon arrival determined Gray was in cardiac arrest and critically and severely injured," said Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

He died a week later. His death sparked widespread riots and looting across Baltimore as well as protests against police brutality.

All six officers involved were arrested and taken to jail, but posted bail within hours, according to The Baltimore Sun. Three officers pleaded not guilty to all charges and were acquitted, with the jury believing that they acted reasonably and professionally and that Gray's death was an accident. Now, charges against the remaining three officers in the case have been dropped, meaning the case won't make it to trial.

Mosby defends her decision to press charges against the officers and that "as a mother,'" the decision to drop all charges was "agonizing." But, given the acquittal of the first three officers, Mosby realized there was a "dismal likelihood" that no conviction would be made in this case.

"After much thought and prayer it has become clear that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start, without having a say in the election of whether cases proceed in front of a judge or jury, without communal oversight of police in this community, without substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it and we would still end up with the same result," she said in a statement.

She went on to clarify that she is not "anti-police" but "anti-police brutality" and that there is an "inherent bias [whenever] police police themselves."

She says despite this loss, she will continue to "fight for a fair and equitable justice system for all."

Sources: The Baltimore Sun, CBS News / Photo credit: ABC News

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