Death Of Freddie Gray Has Been Ruled As A Homicide

By on May 1, 2015
freddie gray

Death Of Freddie Gray Has Been Ruled As A Homicide

freddie gray

The death of Freddie Gray has been ruled by the medical examiner’s office as a homicide caused by severe blunt force trauma.

Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, announced this morning that her office has also found probable cause to pursue criminal charges in connection to the untimely death.

Five of the six police officers are now in custody, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake confirmed this afternoon during a press conference.

Mosby announced the charges the six police officers would face for putting Gray while limp and unresponsive in custody and transported him in the police wagon on the morning of April 12. The charges vary for each individual, but include counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and false imprisonment among others. The most serious charge she listed was second-degree depraved heart murder, which only one officer faces. A warrant has been issued for the police officer’s arrest, Mosby said.

Freddie Gray, 25, was taken into police custody in Baltimore on April 12th and sustained a spinal injury during that time that required medical attention. He went into a coma several days later and died a week after his apprehension. Police have never said why they took him into custody in the first place, noting only that he ran from officers, and they have not publicly explained how Gray received the spinal injury.

Mosby detailed the findings of her office’s independent investigation into Gray’s apprehension, and she detailed how officers repeatedly ignored Gray’s pleas for help and that officers bound his arms behind his back and put his legs in clamps but did not secure him within the police wagon with a seat belt, which is a violation of Baltimore police policy.

One of the biggest findings that Mosby announced was that the decision to take Gray into custody in the first place was unwarranted because the knife that he had is allowed under Baltimore laws. While the knife was able to fold, it was not a switchblade.

Mosby urged calm in the wake of the charges, speaking directly to protesters at the end of her news conference.

“I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ However your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray,” she said.