A criminal prosecution for murder will be brought over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the city’s top prosecutor announced on Friday morning.
The announcement came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Gray’s death, and only hours after she received the results of a police investigation.
“Mr Gray’s death was a homicide,” state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby declared. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.
Officer Caesar Goodson – the driver of the police van – was charged with second-degree murder, while charges including manslaughter, assault and misconduct in public office were brought against five other officers.
All six officers involved were charged. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
“No one is above the law,” Mosby said.
Speaking at a press conference in downtown Baltimore, Mosby said Gray, 25,sustained a fatal neck injury while he was handcuffed and shackled inside a police van without a seatbelt.
Mosby said Gray’s arrest on 12 April was illegal, since the knife in his pocket was not a switchblade and so was legal under Maryland law.
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