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Six Cops To be Charged in The Death of Freddie Gray

May 1, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Six Cops To be Charged in The Death of Freddie Gray

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Marilyn Mosby Baltimore State’s Attorney declared “No one is above the law” as she concluded there is enough probable cause to charge six cops in the death of Freddie Gray following the medical examiner’s classification of his death as a homicide.

Mosby made the shocking announcement during a 10:45 a.m. news conference on Friday, which drew applause from a crowd that had gathered.

She added that Gray was not carrying a switchblade as cops had initally recounted in the police report, and deemed the officers did not have enough probable cause for his April 12th arrest.

Officers pursued Gray on foot before wrestling him to the ground and arresting him. Gray was placed in the back of the police wagon with his hands and feet shackled, but without securing him in a seatbelt, which is a clear violation of police rules and procedures.

Gray, sustained fatal spinal injuries while in custody. Although officers discovered a critically injured Gray in the back of the wagon, they still waited to call for medical help until they arrived at the precinct station.

Mosby made the announcement as a unit of officers in riot gear looked on with no emotion. The death of Mr. Gray brought to a boil long-simmering tensions between the police and poor neighborhoods in this majority-black city, culminating in rioting Monday, with more peaceful demonstrations continuing through the week.

In a Letter to Mosby, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, has asked for a special prosecutor because of Mosby’s marriage to a local city councilman and her connection to the Gray’s family attorney. In addition, the letter states that none of the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and death were responsible for the 25-year-old West Baltimore man’s death, which led to the unrest.

“Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night,” the letter writes. “As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray.”

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