The death of Freddie Gray was a homicide, and there is “probable cause” for criminal charges, Baltimore lead prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby says, citing her office’s “thorough and independent” investigation and the medical examiner’s report on Gray’s death.
Mosby, the city’s recently elected state’s attorney, announced a range of charges against several Baltimore police officers, with the offenses ranging from second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter to assault and misconduct in office. Warrants have been issued for their arrest, she said.
The prosecutor’s investigation found that there had been no reason to detain Gray — and that his arrest was in itself illegal, Mosby said. She said that the knife that police officers had found Gray was carrying turned out to be legal.
After announcing the charges, Mosby noted her own ties to the police community — including her mother and father. She thanked officers who are committed to serving the community.
We’ll have more details from the announcement and any documents released by the prosecutor’s office.
Update at 10:51 a.m. ET: Recounting Details Of Gray’s Arrest
Running down an exhaustive account of Gray’s arrest and treatment while in custody, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor is listing numerous occasions on which Gray was not properly restrained with a seatbelt while he rode in the back of a police van.