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Freddie Gray's Death Ruled Homicide; Six Officers Charges

| by Charles Roberts
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After several days of speculation, Freddie Gray’s death was finally ruled a homicide on Friday.

State’s attorney Marilyn Mosby held a press conference early this morning during which she announced that her office had decided to move forward with criminal charges against the officers who handled Gray prior to his death.

“We have probable cause to file criminal charges," she said. 

Gray, 25, was taken in by police on April 12. At some point during the trip he sustained a spinal cord injury that ultimately left him in a coma. A week after his arrest, he passed away.  

Police initially claimed that Gray was taken into custody after he ran away from them, however, Mosby said during her press conference that the officers did not have cause to apprehend him in the first place. The knife which he was carrying when he was taken in was not illegal, Mosby said.

"The knife was not a switchbladed and it is lawful,” she told reporters, adding that the officers “failed to establish probable cause for an arrest."

In total, six officers are being charged with Gray's death. 

This story will be updated as more information comes in. 


The Baltimore Sun reports that the following charges will be brought against the officers involved:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45 – Second-degree murder, manslaughter, second degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office.

Officer William Porter, 25 – Involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault and misconduct in office.

Lt. Brian Rice, 41 – Involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault and misconduct in office.

Sgt. Alicia White, 30 – Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Officer Edward Nero, 29 – Second degree assault and misconduct in office.

Officer Garrett Miller, 26 – Second degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. 

Sources: BBC, Reuters, Baltimore Sun 

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