All 6 Officers in Freddie Gray Case Indicted
The six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted, a stark contrast to the officers involved in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, whose killers never faced a judge.
The Washington Post reports that the grand jury granted State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby all of the charges she sought, which include second degree murder and manslaughter. The grand jury also added an extra charge of reckless endangerment for each officer involved in Gray's arrest and death in the back of a police van.
Mosby did not seek charges of false imprisonment that three of the officers had faced. The charge of false imprisonment hinged on the question of whether or not a knife found on Gray was illegal under Baltimore law. The officers' lawyers insisted that it was indeed illegal. It seems as though Mosby has accepted this line of thinking by choosing not to pursue that particular against the officers.
All of the officers will be arraigned in court July 2. The officers are currently free on bail, but a judge has the right to change the conditions of, or revoke bail after evaluating new charges when an indictment is handed down.
Gray died a week after being arrested April 12. His autopsy showed that he had a crushed voice box and a severed spinal cord. The exact moment of his death is unclear, but the Baltimore Police Department has paid out millions in settlements to people who have been injured in "rough rides," in Baltimore police vans.
A rough ride is when the van driver intentional makes dramatic turns and stops at high speeds in an effort to injure the prisoners inside. At least one person has been paralyzed from such rides.