( 4UMF NEWS ) Six Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death:
In a momentous decision that may shape future relations between police and residents in Baltimore, the State’s Attorney on Friday announced she would file charges against six city officers she says are responsible for the death of Freddie Gray.
During a stirring press conference, Marilyn Mosby, whose family has five generations of police officers, said the six officers illegally arrested Gray and then failed to get him the medical help he clearly needed after they arrested him.
She charged Caesar Goodson Jr., the officer driving a transport van in which Gray was riding, with the harshest crime: second-degree depraved-heart murder, a charge for an action that is considered to demonstrate a callous disregard for human life. In Maryland, it carries a sentence of up to 30 years.
She charged the other officers with involuntary manslaughter, assault, failure to render aid and misconduct in office.
A loud cheer went up from the crowd on the street in front of the War Memorial Building, where she announced the charges.
“To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf,” she said.
Residents on the streets of the Sandtown neighborhood where police arrested Gray greeted the news with celebration and cautious optimism.
Gray, 25, died April 19, a week after his encounter with the officers, of a mysterious spinal injury suffered while in police custody. His death led to 10 days of protests, some that turned violent Monday after Gray’s funeral. Clashes between police and protesters led to the arrests of more than 200 people and injuries to at least 20 police officers.