One Baltimore police officer has been charged with murder, and five have been charged with manslaughter, in the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American who suffered a critical neck injury while riding in the back of a police van following an arrest by the police officers. [See LBN’s earlier report on this story.]
The Maryland State Attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, filed the charges after she received a report from the medical examiner that the Gray’s death was a homicide. In the back of the police transport van, Gray was handcuffed and leg irons, but he was not buckled into his seat. The officer charged with murder was the driver of the van. Mosby said that the officers failed to give Gray the medical attention he asked for. She also said that the arrest of Gray was unlawful. Officers charged him with possession of a switchblade, but Mosby said that “[t]he knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law.”
There had been speculation that the officers intentionally gave Gray a “rough ride,” but Mosby made no mention of that allegation in her announcement.
This news update by Scott Drake is a service of the Legal Broadcast Network, a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.