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One Baltimore police officer was charged Friday with murder, three with manslaughter and two with assault in the death of Freddie Gray, who a prosecutor said suffered a broken neck last month when he was left shackled at the feet and lying face down in a police van by officers who ignored his pleas as they made their rounds.
The death of Gray, 25, on April 19 of injuries suffered a week earlier touched off peaceful protests that degenerated into a night of rioting, looting and chaos Monday. On Friday, a crowd gathered around State's Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby cheered as she said the police involved would be brought to justice in the incident. Mosby said the police had no basis for arresting Gray, and described a harrowing ride in a van driven by Police Officer Caesar Goodson, 45, who was charged with the most serious crimes, including second-degree murder.
"No one is above the law," declared Mosby, who said she comes from five generations of law enforcement and has been on the job for four months. Her husband is Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, who has spoken out about the riots and anger in the city's African-American community.
At a late afternoon press conference Friday, a man named Richard who said he was "one of Freddie's two fathers" said the family was "satisfied with today's charges."
He then appealed for peace, saying, "without justice there is no peace but let us have peace in the pursuit of justice."
All six officers were reported in custody by Friday afternoon.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: Xcathdra
Secondly I keep seeing the term justice thrown around yet I don't think people really understand what that term means.
As in charges alone really don't mean anything until they are convicted?
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: marg6043
Why do you think it was hasty? Grey was arrested, and hospitalized on Feb 12. We didn't hear anything from the D.A. until May 1. Don't forget, Freddie Grey was in the hospital for a week before he died. There are plenty of hospital records and doctor's reports, and the investigation had been going on since that day.