Although the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was officially ruled a homicide, it was announced today that all six Baltimore police officers charged in his death have been cleared almost a year after prosecutor Marilyn Mosby brought charges. The news comes just weeks after the fourth officer involved in the arrest and transport that ultimately led to Gray's death was cleared of all charges.
Freddie was arrested by Baltimore police in April 2015 for the alleged possession of an illegal switchblade. Video footage from the arrest shows officers dragging Freddie to a police van as he screams out in pain and appears unable to walk. One bystander who witnessed the arrest said he saw officers bend Freddie's legs backwards and forcefully place a knee on his neck to hold him down. While riding in the police van, Freddie fell in to a coma and later died of severe spinal cord injuries one week after his arrest.
Take a look at how celebs are responding to the devastating news.
If "law enforcement" isn't accountable for the easily verifiable homicide of #FreddieGray, then what's the point of "law" or a constitution?— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 27, 2016
Law w/out enforcement is merely a suggestion. Suggestions do not fill cages w Black people for profit, "law & order" does that. #FreddieGray— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 27, 2016
To be honest, I'm beyond words with the #FreddieGray case right now. The brother arrived at the hospital in a coma with a severed spine.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 27, 2016
....ruled a homicide, with no murderer #FreddieGray— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) July 27, 2016
So #FreddieGray had his spine severed and no one is at fault? And this is called justice? No. It's JUST US!— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 27, 2016
It is a mockery of justice that no one is being held accountable for the death of #FreddieGray.— deray mckesson (@deray) July 19, 2016
Our hearts go out to Freddie's family and friends during this difficult time.