Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, has ruled that six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray will be charged with manslaughter.
In a statement to the press, she said that her team had worked around the clock in an independent investigation to interview dozens of witnesses, review hours of video footage and video-taped police statements, along with voluminous medical records.
The medical examiner’s report, which the state attorneys’ office received Friday, stated that Freddie Grays death was a homicide, and was the final piece of evidence which lead to the determination that there was probable cause to file criminal charges.
Mosby said the officers are being charged with a number of counts of manslaughter, assault and misconduct. One officer will even be charged with a count of murder.
- Officer Caesar B. Goodson, Jr. was charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of manslaughter by vehicle and misconduct in office.
- Officer William G. Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
- Lt. Brian W. Rice was charged with involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
- Officer Edward M. Nero charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
- Officer Garret Miller charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
- Sgt. Alicia White involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the officers.
“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘No Justice, No Peace,’ your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man,” Mosby added.
The Baltimore Police Fraternal Order of Police No. 3 issued a letter to Mosby Friday morning on behalf of the officers involved saying that the death was not the officers’ faults and they also requested a special prosecutor citing conflicts of interest with Mosby’s office.
From Baltimore Sun:
Fraternal Order of Police is asking Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor to the Freddie Gray investigation because of her personal connection to the Gray family’s attorney, William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr., and her marriage to a city councilman.
“These conflicts include your personal and professional relations with Gray family attorney, William Murphy, and the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media,” the letter states. “Based on several nationally televised interviews, these reporters are likely to be witnesses in any potential litigation regarding this incident.”
“Each of the officers involved is sincerely saddened by Gray’s passing. They are all committed police officers who have dedicated their careers to the Baltimore City Police Department,” the letter states, “And that has been lost in all the publicity.”
Besides Mosby’s conflict of interest, there’s another conflict that has me confused – maybe you guys can help clear it up. Thursday it was reported that the statement from the ME found no evidence that it was the cops’ fault –
An investigation into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray has found no evidence that his fatal injuries were caused during the videotaped arrest and interaction with police officers, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
Yet Friday it was being reported that the ME declared it homicide –
The medical examiner’s report, which the state attorneys’ office received Friday, stated that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, and was the final piece of evidence which lead to the determination that there was probable cause to file criminal charges.
The ME’s report can’t state it both ways. I don’t understand how it went from non-homicide to homicide or who changed it. The state attorney has the right to declare the case a homicide, but she doesn’t have the right to change the ME’s report, does she?
At any rate, if the cause of death was the head impact with the bolt, it doesn’t seem reasonable that would involve six officers, but it does seem as though Ms. Mosby has her own agenda going on and her goal is to please the thugs & mobsters that ruined a large section of Baltimore. Justice be damned.