Police Charged in Freddie Gray case

Charges filed in Gray case
Charges will be filed against officers in the death of Freddie Gray, State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said Friday morning.

Mosby said an investigation found officers bound Gray’s wrists and ankles and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.

Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and in cardiac arrest, she said.

Six officers are each facing multiple charges, including manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment: Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero and Officer Caesar Goodson. Goodson, who drove the van, has been charged with second-degree murder, Mosby said.

Mosby called on the public to remain calm.

“I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,'” she said. “Your peace is sincerely needed
as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”

Gray was injured after being arrested at Gilmor Homes in West Baltimore on April 12. He died of a severe spinal injury a week later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Sources familiar with the investigation into Gray’s death said Thursday he suffered a serious head injury inside a prisoner transport wagon, with one wound indicating that he struck a protruding bolt in the back of the vehicle.

Police have said that though Gray asked for an inhaler and medical attention during the arrest, they did not provide it. They also said they did not properly restrain him in the back of the police wagon.

“We know he was not buckled in the transportation wagon as he should have been. No excuses from me. Period,” Batts said a week ago. “We know our police employees failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”

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