BALTIMORE (MEDIA GENERAL) – Six officers are being charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Charges include second degree murder, manslaughter and assault. A warrant has been issued for the officers’ arrests.
Maryland State Attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced Friday, May 1 that Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal. Mosby stressed that the prosecutor’s office independently investigated this case and did not rely on information strictly from the police department.
Mosby repeatedly stressed that Gray asked at least twice for medical help and said he had trouble breathing. She said both officers with Gray at the time assessed his condition and never offered him medical help or called for medical help.
This stiffest charge, second-degree “depraved heart” murder, is being issued against the driver of the van. Other officers will face charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.
Mosby said Gray did have a knife on him, but it was not a switchblade and it was legal.
Gray’s death was ruled a homicide as a result of his being transported in handcuffs, and unrestrained against police department policy in the Baltimore Police Department wagon.
Mosby’s announcement comes as Baltimore prepares for two more nights of protests. She called on demonstrators to remain peaceful after this information was released.
“To the people of Baltimore and demonstrators across America, I heard your calls for ‘No justice. No peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed,” said Mosby.
“To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf,” said Mosby. “This is a moment, your moment, let’s make sure we have peaceful discussions… as young people our time is now.”
Mosby also spoke directly to police officers.
“These charges are not an indictment on the entire police department,” Mosby said. “I come from five generations of law enforcement. The action of these officers will not damage the relationship between the police department and prosecutors office.”