Earlier today State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced that six Baltimore police officers have been charged in the murder of Freddie Gray. Gray died from injuries that he sustained while in police custody. According to Ms. Mosby warrants were issued for the arrest of the officers. Ms. Mosby made the announcement in front of the War Memorial Building in Baltimore.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office. A man who answered the phone at Goodson’s home declined to comment and hung up the phone.
Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Officer Edward Nero, 29, was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Officer Garrett Miller, 26, was charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
If convicted of all charges, Goodson would face up to 63 years in prison, Rice would face up to 30 years and Porter, Nero, Miller and White would face up to 20 years.
It was also noted that the Freddie Gray was illegally arrested and the pocket knife found on him was legal under Maryland law. Despite his request Freddie Gray was repeatedly denied medical assistance during his arrest.
In a detailed recounting of the events, Mosby described Gray being repeatedly denied medical attention by police officers, even as he asked for medical help and later was unresponsive in a police van. She also said his arrest was illegal, performed without probable cause. A knife found in his pocket was not an illegal switchblade, as police had previously reported, Mosby said.
Gray suffered a “severe and critical neck injury” as a result of being handcuffed, shackled and not seat-belted in the van, Mosby said.
I admit I was surprised by Ms. Mosby’s press conference and the information provided. And talk about a coincidence. I was looking up information about her when I saw a breaking news item stating that she would be holding a press conference right away. The media kept stating that information provided to her office wouldn’t be released today. With all the media leaks and some folks stating that Freddie Gray somehow severed his own spine, I’m glad to hear how Ms. Mosby and her staff did their own investigation in addition to receiving information from the Baltimore Police Department.
What we’ve seen today is step 1 in what many are looking for. #Justice4FreddieGray.