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Six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death

Written by The Associated Press | May 1, 2015 11:33 AM
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Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, speaks during a media availability, Friday, in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.

(Baltimore) -- Baltimore's top prosecutor has announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying "no one is above the law.'' 

"Mr. Gray's death was a homicide,'' State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared.

She says his arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter.

The announcement came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Freddie Gray's death, and only hours after Mosby received the results of the internal police investigation and an official autopsy report.

As Mosby spoke, the city was bracing for huge crowds in two more waves of protests today and tomorrow.

Mosby announced the stiffest charge -- second-degree "depraved heart'' murder -- against the driver of the police van.

Other officers face charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest. 

The officers failed to get medical help even though Gray requested it repeatedly after he was chased down and pinned to a sidewalk on April 12 and hoisted into the van.

At some point while he was in custody, he suffered a mysterious spinal injury and died a week later. 

Mosby says the switchblade officers accused Gray of illegally carrying clipped inside his pants pocket was in fact a legal knife, and no justification for his arrest, which she said was illegal.  

She adds she comes from five generations of police officers, and the charges against these six officers should in no way damage the relationship between police and prosecutors in Baltimore. 

She swiftly rejected a request from the Baltimore police officers union asking her to appoint a special independent prosecutor because of her ties to attorney Billy Murphy, who is representing Gray's family.

Murphy was among Mosby's biggest campaign contributors last year, donating the maximum individual amount allowed, $4,000, in June.

Murphy also served on Mosby's transition team after the election. 

Fraternal Order of Police local president Gene Ryan told Mosby in a letter before the charges were announced  none of the six suspended officers were responsible for Gray's death. 

The state medical examiner's office said it sent the autopsy report to prosecutors this morning.

Spokesman Bruce Goldfarb says the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner will not release the report publicly while the case is under investigation. 

 

Here's a list of the charges for the six officers who were involved in Freddie Gray's death:   

Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.

-- Second-degree depraved heart murder, 30 years  
-- Involuntary manslaughter, 10 years  
-- Second-degree assault, 10 years  
-- Gross negligent manslaughter by vehicle, 10 years  
-- Criminal negligent manslaughter, 3 years  
-- Misconduct in office  

Officer William Porter

-- Involuntary manslaughter, 10 years  
-- Second-degree assault, 10 years  
-- Misconduct in office  

Lieutenant Brian W. Rice

-- Involuntary manslaughter, 10 years  
-- 2 counts of second-degree assault, 10 years each  
-- 2 counts of misconduct in office  
-- False imprisonment  

Officer Edward M. Nero

-- 2 counts of second-degree assault, 10 years  
-- 2 counts of misconduct in office  
-- False imprisonment  

Officer Garrett E. Miller

-- 2 counts of second-degree assault, 10 years each  
-- 2 counts of misconduct in office  
-- False imprisonment  

Sergeant Alicia D. White

-- Involuntary manslaughter, 10 years  
-- Second-degree assault, 10 years  
-- Misconduct in office

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Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, pauses while speaking during a media availability Friday in Baltimore.

Here is an earlier version of story:

(Baltimore) -- Baltimore's top prosecutor has announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody.

The move came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Freddie Gray's death, and only hours after she received the results of a police investigation. 

State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says the stiffest charge -- second-degree depraved heart murder --  is against the driver of the police van.

Other officers faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.

Mosby says the switchblade officers accused Gray of illegally carrying clipped inside his pants pocket was in fact a legal knife and no justification for his arrest. 

"No one is above the law,'' Mosby said at a news conference. 

The Baltimore police officers union says the six officers charged aren't responsible for his death. 

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan made the comment Friday in a letter to Mosby before she announced the charges.

It was the union's strongest statement to date in the officers' defense. 

"As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,'' Ryan wrote. "To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.'' 

Ryan asked Mosby in the letter to appoint a special independent prosecutor.

But after announcing charges Friday, Mosby said she would not turn the case over to a special prosecutor. 

The union contracts with an attorney, Michael Davey, who has said that five of the six officers gave voluntary statements on the day of Gray's arrest.  

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