The six Baltimore Police Department officers implicated in the death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a Baltimore Grand Jury on May 21, according to CNN. Some charges were dropped while other charges stuck, including the most severe. All six are still looking at significant jail time, perhaps decades behind bars, if convicted on their charges.
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the indictments yesterday at a press conference two weeks after prosecutors in the case presented their evidence in the case to the grand jury. Freddie Gray died on April 19 due to a spinal injury he suffered while in the custody of Baltimore police. Gray’s death sparked riots, arson and turmoil in the city and resulted in a week-long city-wide curfew and occupation by the National Guard.
Among the charges that stuck according to the indictments are misconduct, assault and involuntary manslaughter. Some of the officers had counts of reckless endangerment added to their charges while the original charges of false imprisonment and assault were dropped for others, according to USA Today. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. who was driving the van that Gray was riding in faces the most severe of the charges, second-degree depraved heart murder.
All six of the officers will be in court for their arraignments on July 2. They’re all currently free on bail. The revised charges announced yesterday according to the indictments are only slightly different for each of the officers.
Goodson’s charges include murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, gross negligence vehicular manslaughter, criminal negligence, misconduct in office and one count of reckless endangerment. Lt. Brian W. Rice is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
Officer William Porter is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Sgt. Alicia D. White is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
Officer Garrett E. Miller is charged with second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Officer Edward M. Nero stands charged with second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
The lawyers for the charged officers have called for Mosby to recuse herself from the case, citing conflict of interest. Mosby has steadfastly refused to step down.
The union representing the officers is asking the city to support their officers. According to a portion of a release shared by CNN, Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police President Gene Ryan said “All citizens are innocent until proven guilty, including these six officers.”
(Cover Photo: Top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero. Bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White.)