All 6 officers involved with the arrest of Freddie Gray will be charged with several counts including second-degree depraved-heart murder, which the driver of the van to get the most charges.
Freddie Gray’s family responds to the charges that State Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought to the 6 officers involved in his death. A man by the name of Richard who describes himself as “one of Freddie’s fathers” says, “we are satisfied with all charges, and it is an important step in getting justice.” Richard and a family representative believe that the timetable of the charges are were not rushed and agree that Marilyn Mosby conducted a full and thorough investigation.
Richard also expressed that he and his family are thankful to youth of Baltimore and the nation because they are on the mission to for change. However, he did express that he would like people to “come in peace or don’t come at all. A twist to this piece of the family’s reaction was Richard’s request for peace was when he said, “Without justice there is no peace but let us have peace in the pursuit of justice.” A small line that speaks volumes of what could happen if the outcome is not favorable for the family and community of Baltimore City.
After all 6 officers were charged with various crimes after the death of Freddie Gray, a warrant was issued for one of the officers. Just recently, all of the officers involved in the case have been arrested and are accounted for. Michael Davey of the Fraternal Order of Police was seen on CNN saying Marilyn Mosby brought charges into way too quickly as the investigation is not yet completed. Davey criticized the State Attorney saying the process was a, “Hurried rush to file criminal charges,” and says she is being motivated by the public.
Davey, along with other police officials, also say that the Baltimore Police did no wrong doing with the handling of the Freddie Gray arrest. When a reporter asked if not strapping Freddie Gray was a fault of the police, Davey responded with saying the police properly enforced the Baltimore Police codes.
When Davey was questioned about how Gray received those injuries in the police van he did not hold back, “the injuries did not occur on action or inaction by police officers,” and he was very clear on making it known that the police were not responsible for the death of Freddie Gray.
5 of the 6 officers who will be charged with the murder of Freddie Gray have already turned themselves in. The accused officers except for one have been in custody since 1 PM today. According to Baltimore’s mayor, all six officers who have pending felony charges have been suspended immediately.
“There is no place in the Baltimore City Police Department for officers involved in misconduct, racism and corruption,” the mayor said. “There will be justice for Mr. Gray, there will be justice for his family, and there will be justice for the city of Baltimore.”
The Baltimore Medical Examiner(ME) determined Freddie’s died from “severe and critical neck injury”.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says there are other counts like manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault. All six officers involved with this arrest will faces these charges later today in court. The arrest of Gray was determined to be a false arrest since the knife he was carrying was legal.
The Driver, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, will be charged with the most as Freddie’s death was determined by the ME to have happened when he hit his head on a bolt in the van. Procedure was not followed, Freddie was not strapped in and allowed to bump all through the back of the van.
Baltimore Sun also reports;
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.
The prosecutor says the investigation started on April 13th, before the riots, but was “comprehensive, thorough and independent”.
The FOP (Fraternal Order Of Police) in Baltimore feel like Mosby should get an independent prosecutor citing a couple instances of why she may not be right for this case;
“While I have the utmost respect for you and your office, I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case,”
“Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation,” the letter states. “In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibilty, I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed.”