Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore prosecutor who called for the indictment of six officers in Freddie Gray’s death, held a news conference on Wednesday morning to announce her decision to drop charges against the remaining three officers involved.
The prosecutor’s office came to the conclusion before Wednesday’s scheduled pretrial motions for Officer Garrett Miller, the fourth officer to stand trial.
A previous gag order was lifted that initially barred Mosby and her office from commenting on the case.
Mosby faced tough criticism after three officers were found not guilty within the past two months: Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, and Brian Rice – who was acquitted last week. A fourth case involving Officer William Porter was declared a mistrial in December, his re-trial was scheduled for September 6. Alicia White, the sixth officer, was scheduled to appear in court on October 13.
At Wednesday’s presser, Mosby spoke across the street from the Gilmore Homes, where Gray was arrested on April 12, 2015. In a fiery, defiant speech, she laid out why she came to her indictment decision. Mosby said her role, like any prosecutor’s, is to apply the law equally for everyone in the pursuit of justice.
“As prosecutors, we are ministers of justice,” she said. “We could try this case 100 times and cases just like it, and we would still end out with the same result.”
Mosby called for system reform after the failure to find any criminal involvement in Gray’s death. “We know that Freddie Gray did not kill himself,” she said, and stood by the medical examiner’s determination his death was a homicide.
In the end, she confirmed that she would close the case by dropping the remaining charges. People who stood on the sidelines off camera yelled out affirming messages, saying that Mosby did her best.
Gray’s stepfather, Richard Shipley, spoke few words but stated that he was upset about the case’s outcome. He thanked Mosby, saying he was “proud” to have her represent the case.
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