Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced on Friday that she had filed murder, manslaughter, and assault charges against city police officers following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
Gray died on April 19 after being injured while in police custody.
"The manner of death deemed a homicide by the Maryland state medical examiner is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was punrestrained by a seat belt in the custody of the Baltimore police department wagon," Mosby said at a morning news conference.
Cheers could be heard in the crowd when Mosby announced that "we have probable cause to file criminal charges."
She said that six officers would face charges, including second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault, and that a warrant had been issued for their arrest at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.
The charges carry 20 years for four of the officers, 30 for the police lieutenant in charge of the scene, and 60 for the officer driving the van, including second-degree murder charges. This is more than I could ever imagine being thrown at these bad cops, and no less than should be thrown at them.
Whether or not Mosby can prove her case? We'll see about that. But there will be a case.