The death of Freddie Gray due to injuries sustained while in police custody has been ruled a homicide. The Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, calling the arrest of Gray illegal, said there is probable cause to warrant filing charges against the police officer involved in the Gray arrest. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the officers.
Mosby said in a statement, “The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide, which we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges. A warrant has been issued for their arrest.”
She added that the charges are not an indictment against the police officers as a whole.
Charges against the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray are varied. One officer, 45-year old Caesar Goodson, faces the charge of second-degree murder. The charge against others range from manslaughter to assault.
Gray was reportedly slamming himself around the back of the police van, a allegation that was corroborated by the person, Donta Allen, on the other side of the van who said he heard sounds like he was banging his head. Allen, however, spoke out yesterday when he said his statement made it sound like Gray inflicted his injuries on purpose. He said, “They trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to himself. Why the f*** would he do that to himself?”
Gray’s head injuries matched a bolt that was exposed in the back of the police van. He suffered a broken neck.
More demonstrations are planned in Baltimore this weekend with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton leading a march from Baltimore to D.C. demanding that the federal government take over all local police departments.