President Obama has released the following statement on the charges:
“It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out on what happened to Freddie Gray. It is my practice not to comment on the legal processes involved. That would not be appropriate. But I can tell you that justice needs to be served. All the evidence needs to be presented. Those individuals who are charged obviously are also entitled to due process and rule of law. So I want to make sure that our legal system runs the way it should. The Justice Department and our new attorney general is in communications with Baltimore officials to make sure that any assistance we can provide on the investigation is provided. What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That’s what people around the country expect.”
The Fraternal Order of Police from the Baltimore City Lodge No. 3 has penned an open letter to State Attorney Mosby, requesting she pass the case along to a special prosecutor.
BALTIMORE (AP) — State’s attorney says there is probable cause to file charges in death of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday 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. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.
The announcement came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Freddie Gray’s death, and only hours after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby received the results of a police investigation.
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.
Mosby said 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.
Mosby said she comes from five generations of police officers, and that the charges against these six officers should in no way damage the relationship between police and prosecutors in Baltimore.
Her announcement came as the city braced for two move waves of protests Friday and Saturday focused on the case.
A detailed report of the charges along with the officers names has found it’s way to social media.
While we can’t confirm the authenticity of the information in the photo, if true, the family of Freddie Gray is finally getting the justice they’ve wanted all along.
(Photo Source: AP/Instagram)
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