Six Baltimore police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray have been all indicted by a grand jury.
On May 21, State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced the revised charges, but the most serious charges – including second-degree murder – remained.
Freddie Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury in police custody in April and died a week later.
The black man’s death sparked weeks of protests and later riots and looting in Baltimore.
Marilyn Mosby said: “As is often the case, during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence.”
The grand jury did not return charges on the false imprisonment charges that were brought against some of the officers.
Marilyn Mosby brought the false imprisonment charges earlier claiming that Freddie Gray’s arrest was unjustified and illegal.
However, the grand jury did return new reckless endangerment charges that were not part of the original charges announced three weeks ago.
Marilyn Mosby has said that Freddie Gray’s neck was broken while he was being handcuffed and placed into a police van. She also said that police repeatedly ignored his pleas for medical attention.
The officers are scheduled to appear in court on July 2.
A lawyer for the six Baltimore police officers said they “did nothing wrong”, after criminal charges were announced by Marilyn Mosby earlier this month.
Lawyer Michael Davey said the officers “at all times acted reasonably and in accordance with their training” and accused Marilyn Mosby of an “egregious rush to judgement”.
He also said that the defense team had “grave concerns about the fairness and integrity of the prosecution of our officers”.
Marilyn Mosby rejected a police union request to step aside and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case.
The grand jury’s decision to bring charges largely similar to Marilyn Mosby’s may quiet calls for her to step aside.
Freddie Gray’s death is the latest in a string of high-profile cases in the US where unarmed black men have died after contact with the police.
After Freddie Gray’s funeral, riots broke out in sections of West Baltimore, prompting city and state officials to deploy thousands of extra law enforcement officers and National Guard troops to keep the peace and enact a citywide curfew.
Baltimore police officers charges:
Officer Caesar Goodson: 2nd-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, 2nd degree negligent assault, manslaughter by vehicle by means of gross negligence, manslaughter by vehicle by means of criminal negligence, misconduct in office for failure to secure prisoner and failure to render aid, reckless endangerment
Officer William Porter: Involuntary manslaughter, assault in the 2nd degree, misconduct in office, reckless endangerment
Lieutenant Brian Rice: Involuntary manslaughter, assault in the 2nd degree, assault in the 2nd degree [second of two similar charges], misconduct in office, reckless endangerment
Officer Edward Nero: Assault in the 2nd degree (intentional), assault in the 2nd degree (negligent), misconduct in office, reckless endangerment
Marilyn Mosby is the top state prosecutor for Baltimore that filed criminal charges against six officers in the case of Freddie Gray who died in police custody on April 19.
During a news conference on May 1st, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the death of the 25-year-old black man was a homicide, and his arrest was illegal.
Marilyn Mosby announced charges ranging from second-degree murder to assault.
Freddie Gray’s death – from injuries in custody – sparked violent protests in Baltimore this week.
Top state prosecutor for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby has been in office since January 2015.
Marilyn Mosby, 35, is an African-American raised in a gritty neighborhood of Boston.
Her husband, Nick Mosby, is a Baltimore Councilman.
In Boston, Marilyn Mosby’s mother, father and grandfather were all police officers. Campaigning for her job in 2014, Marilyn Mosby said she decided to be a prosecutor when she was 14, the year one of her cousins, was shot to death outside her family home.
Baltimore Police fired gas to enforce a curfew on the streets, a night after violence and arson rocked the city.
After an evening of largely peaceful protests, a few hundred people defied the deadline of 22:00.
In the face of thousands of troops on the city streets, the remaining crowds later dispersed and police said the curfew was working.
The protests have gone on daily since the death of African American Freddie Gray in police custody on April 19.
Freddie Gray’s death is the latest in a string of high-profile cases where black men have died after contact with the police.
There was an outbreak of violence after Freddie Gray’s funeral on April 27, but a different atmosphere characterized the streets the following night.
Two hours after the start of the curfew, which runs from 22:00 to 05:00, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said it was working well.
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There were “no major issues” and only 10 arrests, he said.
A few individuals threw bottles and gas canisters at police but there were no major clashes.
The National Guard had been sent to Baltimore to stop unrest for the first time since 1968, when some of the city’s neighborhoods went up in flames after the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
Baltimore leaders and pastors had urged calm on April 28, after about 200 people were arrested the previous night as more than 100 cars were set alight and 15 buildings destroyed.
A mother who was filmed smacking her rioting son, instantly becoming an overnight celebrity, has spoken out about her widely praised actions.
“He knew he was in trouble,” Toya Graham told CBS News.
“I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, knows I don’t play that.”
At a news conference on April 28, President Barack Obama harshly criticized the perpetrators of “senseless violence and destruction”.
Barack Obama described the issues behind the protests – the use of force by police against African American men – as a “slow-rolling crisis”.
The person hoping to follow him in the White House, fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, also spoke out, calling it “heartbreaking”.
“We have to restore order and security,” Hillary Clinton told a fundraising event in New York.
“But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system.”
Freddie Gray, 25, died after suffering unexplained injuries to his spinal cord in police custody and spending a week in a coma.
President Barack Obama said those who looted and started fires in Baltimore “should be treated like criminals”.
He also said police violence against African-Americans is a “slow-rolling crisis” after a night of violence in Baltimore.
The Baltimore rioting came after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man fatally injured in police custody in the city.
A week-long curfew has been announced and thousands of troops have been deployed to Baltimore.
The National Guard has been sent to Baltimore to stop unrest for the first time since 1968, when some of the city’s neighborhoods went up in flames after the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
About 200 people were arrested on April 27, when more than 100 cars were set alight and 15 buildings destroyed.
Barack Obama harshly criticized “a handful of people” for “senseless violence and destruction”.
“That is not a protest, that is not a statement, they are stealing.”
However, Barack Obama said the rioting had distracted from the frustration over Freddie Gray’s death.
“This has been a slow-rolling crisis. This has been going on for a long time. This is not new. And we shouldn’t pretend that it’s new,” Barack Obama said.
The president added such problems would not be solved just by changes to policing.
“It would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant, and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped.”
At an afternoon briefing, Baltimore Captain Eric Kowalczyk was asked why the police had not responded with more resources to prevent fires and rioting.
Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said police had originally deployed for a “high school event”, expecting young students.
“I don’t think there’s anyone in the country that would expect us to deploy automatic weapons and armored vehicles to an event with 13, 14 and 15 year olds,” but saw it turned into an incident that drew in older troublemakers and escalated in violence.
Out of 235 arrests, 201 were adults, Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said.
He also noted there was a large group at a major intersection in Baltimore on April 28 who were protesting peacefully.
“That’s what we’re used to seeing in Baltimore.”
Volunteers and city workers began cleaning up affected areas on Tuesday morning. Smoke still rose from buildings set alight the night before.
Freddie Gray, 25, died on April 19 after suffering unexplained injuries to his spinal cord and spending a week in a coma.
Officials have suspended six police officers who were involved in the case.
At least 7 police officers have been injured after Baltimore protests over Freddie Gray’s death turned violent on April 27.
One of the officers is unresponsive.
Live video from helicopters shows dozens of people in the streets, confronting officers and smashing at least one police car.
Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said police are attempting to take control of the situation and will deploy tear gas and “pepper balls”.
Baltimore protests have taken place since the death of Freddie Gray on April 19.
Freddie Gray, 25, died after an encounter with police a week earlier during which he sustained serious and unexplained spinal injuries.
The protests and clashes come just hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral.
Baltimore Police have said that juveniles are taking part in the protests, and are calling on parents to find their children and return them home.
The violence “does not reflect the spirit of this movement,” said Pastor Jamal Bryant, an organizer of protests in previous days.
Pastor Jamal Bryant said members of his church are going in to the area to make appeals to the protestors to go home.
“These are not protestors these are lawless individuals,” Capt. Eric Kowalczyk told CNN.
Video feeds showed looters ransacking a neighborhood market, and, in a separate incident, burning a law enforcement vehicle.
Separately, protestors destroyed a police car by jumping on it and smashing the windows.
Officials said the protestors threw bricks, rocks and other items at police officers.
Earlier today, a statement released by police said that its Criminal Intelligence Unit learned “that members of various gangs including the Black Guerrilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership” to target officers.
The violence is an escalation of earlier protests over the weekend that turned violent.
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