Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers In Freddie Gray Case
The ongoing Freddie Gray case has now come to a close. It was announced today the charges against the remaining officers were dropped. Gray, who was arrested by Baltimore police officers in April 2015 for trying to flee, suffered a spinal injury while riding in a police van and died days later at a hospital.
His death brought much protest and unrest to the city of Baltimore and Baltimore City’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, brought charges against the six officers involved. The charges ranged from misconduct in office to second-degree depraved-heart murder.
The prosecutors argued the cops were careless with Gray’s safety and did not fasten him in a seat belt while he was in the back of the van and did not get him medical attention.
Three officers, Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, Jr. and Lt. Brian Rice, were acquitted of all charges in their separate trials. The remaining officers, Alicia White, William Porter and Garrett Miller, all had their charges dropped.
It should be noted Gray’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner and the city of Baltimore paid the Gray family $6.4 million in a civil settlement.
In a press conference after the decision was announced, Mosby said in a press conference the charges were dropped due to the “dismal likelihood of conviction” against the three remaining officers.
Joined by Gray’s family, Mosby continued, saying, “As a mother, the decision not to proceed on these trials is agonizing.”
This is another unfortunate example of the justice system not advocating for Black lives.