6 cops charged with murder over Baltimore death

471815802BALTIMORE. – Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced yesterday morning that several officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray will face homicide charges.

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man,” she said.

Six Baltimore police officers have been criminally charged.

Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer William Porter, Lt Brian Rice, Officer Edward Nero, Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt Alicia White all face several charges for their roles in the incident.

These charges include – but are not limited to – second-degree murder, manslaughter, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

“I hope that as we move forward with this case, everyone will respect due process and refrain from doing anything that will jeopardise our ability to seek justice,” she said.

Mosby emphasised that the allegations against the officers involved in Gray’s arrest are not an indictment against the entire police department.

She shared that both of her parents, several of her aunts and uncles and her late grandfather were all police officers.

Though what Mosby revealed is now a matter of public record, much of the evidence will be withheld to ensure a “fair and impartial process for all parties involved”.

As the public waits for more information, details from the investigation have slowly begun trickling out.

According to multiple reports, the medical examiner found that the 25-year-old man’s head struck a bolt that jutted out in the back of the police van.

A law enforcement official told the Washington Post that this was not Gray’s only injury, and that his wounds were consistent with those generally seen in car crashes.

Multiple police sources told WJLA that the head wound corresponds with a bolt in the back of the vehicle, and that the impact broke Gray’s neck.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blow while he was in custody, according to the sources.

The investigation did not uncover evidence connecting the videotaped portion of his arrest — which helped to spur protest and riots in the streets of Baltimore – with the young man’s death, according to the local ABC affiliate.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said at a news conference on Thursday that the results were turned over to Mosby one day before a deadline he established.

Many protesters are anxious to hear what the detectives uncovered – especially amid claims by his family’s lawyer, Billy Murphy, that his spine had been “80 percent severed.”

On April 12, the officers picked up a prisoner during the roughly 40-minute drive to the police station; Gray was unresponsive upon arrival.

The Washington Post reported that the prisoner, who could not see Gray because they were separated by a metal partition, thought that the young man “was intentionally trying to injure himself” by “banging against the walls.” – Yahoo News.

The DC paper found this account in an application for a search warrant that had been sealed by the court. Authorities were reportedly seeking the uniform one of the arresting officers wore the day of Gray’s arrest. – Yahoo News