BREAKING: Freddie Gray's Death Ruled a Homicide, Six Officers Charged

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The charges against the police officers include second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault

Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, which has been declared a homicide. 

At a press conference this morning, state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that the state is pressing criminal charges against the officers responsible for Gray's death. Their charges range from second-degree murder to official misconduct, and there are currently warrants out for their arrests.

Mosby said that after evaluating the evidence, her office concluded that Gray, who was arrested for possession of a knife, was legally carrying a folding knife, meaning that officers had no probable cause for his arrest. She went on to say that police handcuffed Gray and shackled his legs and that Gray sustained his back injuries after officers failed to buckle him into the police van. Officers ignored his cries for medical attention until they got to the police station and saw that he was unconscious. When medics arrived, Gray had gone into cardiac arrest.

The charges are as follows:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. (the van’s driver)

Second-degree murder
Manslaughter
Second-degree assault
Two charges of vehicular manslaughter
Misconduct in office


Officer William Porter

Involuntary manslaughter
Second-degree assault
Misconduct in office

Lt. Brian Rice

Involuntary manslaughter
Second-degree assault
Misconduct in office

Sgt. Alicia White

Involuntary manslaughter
Second-degree assault
Misconduct in office

Officer Edward Nero

Second-degree assault
Misconduct in office

Officer Garrett Miller

Second-degree assault
Misconduct in office
False imprisonment


Mosby said that her office has been investigating the case independently since April 13, the day after Gray's arrest. She promised that she would deliver justice and asked for the public to remain patient and peaceful, speaking specifically to the city’s young demonstrators.

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“To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf,” she said at the press conference. “This is a moment, your moment. Let’s make sure we have peaceful discussions. As young people, our time is now.”

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