It was only yesterday that Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby received the Baltimore Police Department’s report on their investigation into the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the man who was arrested on April 12 and died from a severe spinal injury on April 19 incurred while in police custody. Not wasting any time getting the word out, Mosby announced on the morning of May 1 that Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide and that the six officers involved in his arrest would be facing criminal charges, according to Yahoo! News.
Warrants were issued for the arrests of all six officers, all of whom went on paid administrative following Gray’s death; and they’re not all being charged the same. Charges will include second-degree murder, manslaughter, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. The officers to be charged have been identified as Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer William Porter, Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Edward Nero, Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White. Yahoo! quoted Mosby as saying earlier today:
“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
Four of the cops are looking at manslaughter charges. One is facing an additional charge of second degree depraved heart murder. NPR shared portions of a release from Mosby’s office that specified the charges against each of the officers. The charges per each officer are indicated below.
Goodson: Second degree depraved heart murder; involuntary manslaughter; second degree assault; manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence); manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence); misconduct in office.
Porter: Involuntary manslaughter; second degree assault; misconduct in office.
Rice: Involuntary manslaughter; two counts of second degree assault; manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence); two counts of misconduct in office; false imprisonment.
Nero: Two counts of second degree assault; manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence); two counts of misconduct in office; false imprisonment.
Miller: Two counts of second degree assault; two counts of misconduct in office; false imprisonment.
White: Involuntary manslaughter; second degree assault; misconduct in office.
Goodson’s charge of second-degree depraved heart murder is legally interpreted to show a “callous disregard for the value of human life,” according to Yahoo! If convicted, Goodson could face up to 30 years in prison for that charge alone. The manslaughter and assault charges are each good for 10 years behind bars. Goodson was the driver of the van Gray was being held in. Goodson is looking at a possible 63 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Mosby also said today that she hopes citizens will respect the due legal process as her office moves forward and “refrain from doing anything that will jeopardize our ability to seek justice,” as quoted by Yahoo! She also said that the charges laid out today against the six officers connected to Gray’s arrest should not be taken as an indictment against all members of the Baltimore Police Department.
At this time, all six officers are in police custody. For more on Mosby filing criminal charges against the Baltimore police officers, see the video accompanying this article.