(BALTIMORE) — The death of Freddie Gray has been ruled a homicide caused by severe trauma, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday morning. Her office has also found probable cause to pursue criminal charges in connection to the case.
Mosby announced a series of charges now facing the six police officers involved in putting Gray in custody and transporting him in a police wagon earlier this month. The charges vary for each individual, but include several 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.
Gray, 25, was taken into police custody in Baltimore on April 12 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 seatbelt, 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 illegal 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 press 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.
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