Six Baltimore police officers have been charged Friday by the city’s chief prosecutor in connection to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. State’s attorney Marilyn Mosby performed the investigation independently and ahead of the police report. Her findings came one day after release of the medical examiner report’s. The police report has not yet been completed.
Gray, 25, died one week after his arrest.
Police officer and van driver Caesar Goodson was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, among other charges. The other 5 officers received charges including involuntary manslaughter, assault, and false imprisonment.
Results of the medical examiner’s report found Gray’s death to be a homicide. Attorney and radio host Mark Levin points out that in this context, homicide means that something was done intentionally that led to Gray’s death. It does not mean that an officer intentionally caused his death.
Prior to Mosby’s announcement the Baltimore police union wrote in a letter to Mosby stating that “as tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray.”
The letter also expressed the union’s concern for a potential conflict of interest involving Marilyn Mosby. Mosby is the wife of City Councilman Nick Mosby who represents parts of West Baltimore. These are many of the same areas where riots and demonstrations have been occurring over Gray’s death. If Mrs. If Mrs. Mosby hadn’t charged all six officers involved in Gray’s arrest, would it harm the political career of her husband?
The fact that all six officers were heavily charged also raises the question of whether the announcement was made to appease protesters or to distract the public from rioting further on a Friday. The medical examiner’s report has not been released to the public.
The officers charged are as follows:
Police Officer Caesar Goodson was charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, as well as other charges including failure to render aid and misconduct in office.
Police Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Police Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault.
Police Officer Alicia White, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault and misconduct in office.
Police officers Edward Nero, 29, and Garrett Miller, 26, were charged with multiple counts of assault, false imprisonment and misconduct in office.