Saturday, May 2, 2015

Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged In The Death Of Freddie Gray *UPDATE

From Left To Right: Caesar Goodson, Garrett E. Miller, Edward M. Nero,            William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice, Alicia White
Today in Baltimore the city's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. The charges could garner anywhere from a 10-year prison sentence up to second-degree "depraved heart" murder, which could put the van driver in prison for 30 years if convicted.

State's Attorney Mosby's charges were handed down one day after she received the police review, the autopsy and her own office's investigation which she asserts all point to homicide.

Mosby went on to say Gray's arrest was illegal and unjustified. She then stated that Grey died of a broken neck due to the fact that he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, where his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored as he lay inside the small metal box.

In the detailed description she gave Mosby's said that the police had no reason to chase down let alone stop Freddie Gray. She then went on to say that the arresting officers falsely accused him of having an illegal switchblade when in fact it was a legal pocketknife, the van driver and other officers failed to strap him down in a direct violation of department policy, and then ignored Gray's repeated pleas for medical attention, even rerouting the van to pick up another passenger.

In her statement Mosby did not indicate whether there was any indication the driver deliberately drove erratically, causing Gray's body to strike the van's interior.

Gray's stepfather, Richard Shipley, told a news conference.

"We are satisfied with today's charges. These charges are an important step in getting justice for Freddie."

Attorney Michael Davey, a lawyer hired by the police union, insisted the officers did nothing wrong saying that the charges were...

"an egregious rush to judgment. We have grave concerns about the fairness and integrity of the prosecution of our officers,"

After the charges were handed down police unions immediately requested that State's Attorney Mosby step aside and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case. Mosby refused saying that honorable police officers should have no problem working with prosecutors in Baltimore.

*UPDATE 5/2/15: The six accused Baltimore police officers were just released on bonds of between $250,000 and $350,000.

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