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Six officers are charged in Freddie Gray’s death from injuries he suffered while in police custody. State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says the officers repeatedly failed to get Gray medical treatment after his arrest. The police officers’ union has said they are not responsible for Gray’s death.

Here is a look at each of the six officers.

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OFFICER CAESAR R. GOODSON Jr.

Goodson was the driver of the van that transported Freddie Gray, and he faces the most serious charges. Mosby said Friday that Goodson repeatedly failed — at least five times — to seatbelt Gray in the transport vehicle. Overall, Goodson faces six charges, including “second-degree depraved heart murder,” which carries a potential 30-year sentence.

Goodson, 45, has been on the force since 1999, and like two others charged in Gray’s death is black. Online court records list the three other officers’ race in a category that includes Caucasians and people of Arab descent.

Friends describe Goodson as a family man who likes to watch football and works part time as an auto mechanic at a shop specializing in Saabs. With help, he restored a green Saab convertible, a car one friend says he only takes out a few times a year. He wasn’t scheduled to work on the day Gray was arrested but had been asked to work overtime, friends said.

A friend who worked with him as a mechanic said Goodson had hoped to retire in several years.

An obituary for his mother published in the Baltimore Sun in 2012 says his grandfather was a police officer.

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LT. BRIAN W. RICE

Rice was on bike patrol when he made eye contact with Freddie Gray on a Baltimore street April 12. Gray ran, and Rice pursued him. Bike patrol officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero joined the pursuit.

Rice, 41, is the most senior officer to be charged. He joined the police force in 1997 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2011, police said. Records obtained by The Associated Press from a sheriff’s department and court show he was hospitalized in April 2012 following concerns about his mental health. Worries about his stability led deputies to confiscate both his official and personal guns, and his commanding officer was called. It was not immediately clear whether or when all of Rice’s guns were returned.

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OFFICER GARRETT E. MILLER AND OFFICER EDWARD M. NERO

Gray surrendered to Miller, 26, and Nero, 29. Miller and Nero handcuffed Gray and put him on the ground. Gray told the officers that he couldn’t breathe and requested an inhaler, Mosby said. The two officers, both of whom joined the police force in 2012, sat Gray up and found a folded knife clipped to the inside of his pants pocket, a knife that is lawful under Maryland law, Mosby said. Previously, police have said they found a switchblade.

Mosby said Gray didn’t commit any crime, and the officers “illegally arrested Mr. Gray.”

The officers put the knife on the sidewalk and then put Gray back down on his stomach, when he started to flail his legs and scream, Mosby said.

Nero held Gray down until Goodson arrived driving a police transport van. Miller, Nero and Rice then put Gray inside.

While Gray was being transported, Miller, Nero and Rice took him out of the wagon and put flex handcuffs and leg shackles on him. After that stop, they put Gray back into the van on his stomach without a seatbelt.

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OFFICER WILLIAM G. PORTER

At one point during the van ride, Goodson requested help checking on Gray. Porter, 25, who joined the force in 2012, responded. Both he and Goodson checked on Gray. Porter, who is black, helped Gray from the floor to a bench in the van, but neither Goodson nor Porter requested medical attention or put a seatbelt on Gray.

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SGT. ALICIA D. WHITE

White is the second-highest officer charged in the Gray case. She met the van at its stop to pick up the second person. White, 30, was responsible for investigating two citizen complaints about Gray’s arrest. White, who is black, joined the police in 2010 and was recently made a sergeant in January 2015, police said.

During the stop, White, Goodson and Porter saw Gray unresponsive on the floor. White “spoke to the back of Gray’s head” but he did not respond, Mosby said. The group did not call for medical assistance.

 

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11 thoughts on “Here Are The Six Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death

  1. My Lord. Why couldn’t they have just shown a tiny bit of humanity and summoned help for young Mr. Gray? I don’t think any of these people meant to kill this young man. But society as a whole has become so desensitized to human suffering and death. Had this young man been beaten or killed by someone in the neighborhood or a gang member, the cops wouldn’t have been able get anything out of anyone, let alone a video. The “no snitch” rule would have kicked in immediately. No humanity among civilians. But what we have to understand is that police are only human too. You teach people how to treat you.

  2. In addition, the police union is demanding Mrs. Mosby to recuse herself from the case? Why should she? She need to “Stand Her Ground” as Ferguson’s Bob McCullough did. He ignored Ferguson’s black community to recuse himself, and he didn’t!

    It never fails, when the so-called “powers that be” are beat at their game, then they want to change the rules!

  3. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. The black officers probably went along with evil deed to avoid the white police officers backlash towards them. I pray they are convicted! This behavior has to stop one day, and that time is Now! I also pray that the Jury would be a Jury of Mr. Gray’s peers, and not an All White Jury; and the case should be kept in Baltimore.

  4. Linda on said:

    I commend Mrs. Mosby for her decision to bring charges against these PIGS, however, now lets see if the grand jury indicts them and if they ever stand trial. If that does occur, I hope there is a diverse jury and not an ALL WHITE jury and that these POS Pigs are convicted and sent to jail to serve time with the common criminals.

    The way they physically abused Mr. Gray these PIGS should suffer the same!!!!!!!!!

  5. this was about criminals who put on badges and considered themselves above the law. race card cannot be played here. For black people to do another black person like that is despicable. once it was discovered that he did nothing wrong they should have let him go. They decided to be his judge his jury and his executioneers. may they get what is coming to them. I am truly hurting for the Gray family…

    • Ms Curly on said:

      I do agree with most of what you said but I think race played a part in the very beginning. If he was white I “do not” think he would have been chased in the first place. I hope at least some of the charges stick. We all know that bad cops come in all colors, but some of them are racist as well. According to this article one them had mental issues, and was still allowed to be on the force.

  6. I have to wonder if all of these officers were white, would she have charged them? Also, the FOP would not have come out fighting Mrs. Mosby if these officers were all Black.

      • Deb on said:

        YES, and they should be charged! Since white officers are involved, I doubt that there will be a conviction.

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