UPDATE: 5/1/15, 4:19 p.m.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday afternoon that five of six cops were in custody, according to CBS Baltimore. By late afternoon, the sixth was in custody, according to a CNN breaking news report.
From Baltimore CBS:
The officers facing charges are:
- Officer Caeser 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.
UPDATE: 5/1/15, 1:05 p.m.
During a news conference at the White House Friday, President Barack Obama declined to discuss the Freddie Gray case, calling it inappropriate for him to discuss an ongoing legal matter. But he did say that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been in touch with Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, according to a White House pool report:
“[J]ustice needs to be served,” he said of the case. “All the evidence needs to be presented. Those individuals who are charged obviously are also entitled to due process and rule of law. So I want to make sure that our legal system runs the way it should. The Justice Department and our new attorney general is in communications with Baltimore officials to make sure that any assistance we can provide on the investigation is provided. What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That’s what people around the country expect.”
UPDATE: 5/1/15, 11:39 a.m.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, speaking at a Friday news conference, blasted the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest on April 12, Fox News reports.
She said Gray suffered a broken neck that proved fatal a week later and that police had no basis for arresting Gray, who they said avoided eye contact and was carrying a switchblade, reports the news outlet. He was arrested on April 12, apparently for possession of a switchblade.
Mosby said a switchblade that officers accused Gray of carrying illegally was a legal pocket knife, according to NBC News.
Fox News reports:
One police officer, identified as Caeser Goodson, 45, was charged with second-degree murder, while others were charged with crimes including manslaughter and assault.
“No one is above the law,” declared Mosby, who said she comes from three generations of law enforcement and has been on the job for four months. Her husband is Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, who has spoken out about the riots and anger in the city’s African-American community.
Gray suffered a broken neck, apparently while riding in the back of the Baltimore police van. Mosby said Friday the medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide. Police sources have said his injuries may have been caused by his head hitting a bolt inside the vehicle, according to local reports citing sources familiar with a police report now in the hands of state prosecutors.
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UPDATE: 5/1/15, 11:00 a.m.
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that Freddie Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide and there is probable cause to file charges against all six police officers involved in his detention, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Warrants have been issued for the officers’ arrest after charges were filed Friday morning, around 9:30 a.m. local time, reports the news outlet.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Just before news of the charges was announced, the Baltimore police union asked the state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint special independent prosecutor to investigate the death of Freddie Gray, whose death has set off waves of protests in Baltimore and around the nation.
Fraternal Order of Police local president Gene Ryan told Mosby in a letter Friday that the union is concerned about her ties to Gray family attorney Billy Murphy.
Murphy was among Mosby’s biggest campaign contributors last year, donating the maximum individual amount allowed, $4,000, in June. He was also on Mosby’s transition team after the election.
Stay tuned for more information in this developing story…
Raising more questions than answers about the mystery surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, reports emerged Thursday that he was fatally injured during an approximate 40-minute ride in the rear of a police transport van, not during his arrest, according to ABC 7.
A Baltimore police investigation has found no evidence that Gray’s fatal injuries were caused during an arrest captured on viral video, multiple law enforcement sources told WJLA, the network’s Baltimore, Maryland affiliate, after police turned over their findings Thursday to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Gray, 25, who died on April 19 after injuries from an arrest, is the latest symbol in an ongoing debate about police violence in Black communities. Fiery protests erupted in the city Monday after his funeral and reignited protests throughout the week against police violence across the nation, including in Philadelphia and New York City.
From ABC 7:
Sources said the medical examiner found Gray’s catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.
Details surrounding exactly what caused Gray to slam into the back of the van were unclear. The officer driving the van has yet to give a statement to authorities. It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was a result of some other action.
The Medical Examiner’s Office declined to comment on this open investigation and said it does not release preliminary findings.
And in new information that came to light Thursday, police told reporters that the van made an additional stop as it traveled to the police precinct, according to CNN, citing other new developments in the case.
An officer involved in the arrest believes Gray was injured before being put into the vehicle, according to a relative who gave the officer’s account to CNN.
A second prisoner, who was picked up after Gray, told investigators that he thought Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to The Washington Post.
Now, just how Gray was injured and whether police are responsible for his death are questions being handled by Marilyn Mosby, the city’s state attorney.
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