The death of Baltimore man, Freddie Gray, has been ruled as a homicide caused by severe trauma.
Chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, announced that her office has found probable cause to pursue criminal charges in connection to his death. A death that sparked citywide protests and riots.
The six police officers that were involved in arresting and putting Gray into custody will now all face a series of charges, varying for each officer. These charges include several counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
However, only one officer was charged with ‘second-degree depraved heart murder’, with an arrest warrant currently being issued for their arrest.
Mosby detailed how officers consistently ignored Gray’s pleas for help, bound his arms behind his back, put his legs in clamps, then failed to secure him with a seat belt when in the police wagon. This is a violation of Baltimore police policy.
The NY Times reports that 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.