Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray and indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday.
The recent indictments are very similar to the charges announced by Baltimore’s State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, three weeks ago. The charges of second-degree “depraved heart” murder to assault, remained.
Mosby said that after police handcuffed and shackled Gray, he was placed head-first into a van. Gray suffered a critical spine injury and his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored.
Mosby explained that prosecutors presented evidence to the grand jury for the past two weeks, however, some of the charges have been based on new information. This resulted in three of the six officers receiving additional charges against them while one other officer has one less charge.
Two of the officers, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, have been indicted on second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Caesar Goodson, the man who drove the transport van, faces manslaughter and second-degree “depraved-heart” murder.
Lt. Brian Rice and officer William Porter are each charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
“As is often the case, during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence,” Mosby said.
Freddie Gray was arrested on April 12 in a neighborhood in West Baltimore after making eye contact with police then running. He was arrested two blocks later and charged with possession of a knife, a charge Miller said was illegal under a city ordinance. However, Mosby said the arrest was unlawful because the knife was legal under state law.
The transport van made several stops before arriving at the Western District Station house. By that time, Gray was non-responsive.
Gray died a week later in hospital after being critically injured. His death inspired outrage among Baltimore residents that resulted in hostile protests, looting and arson. Gray became a symbol of what protesters say is police brutality against blacks.