By David A. Graham
In a very brief news conference at the end of the day Thursday, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that a grand jury had indicted six officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
For the most part, the indictments closely track the charges the Baltimore prosecutor announced in a May 1 press conference. (ABC2’s Christian Schaffer has the full charges here.) In particular, the second-degree depraved-heart murder charge against Officer Caesar Goodson, the most serious of the charges, remains. All six officers were also indicted for reckless endangerment, which was not on the original charge sheet.
The big change: None of the officers was indicted for false imprisonment. That’s notable, because Mosby emphasized during her initial statement that Gray’s very arrest was illegal, saying officers had no basis for detaining him.
Argument since Mosby’s May 1 announcement has focused on the knife Gray was carrying. Attorneys for the officers say that the knife was in fact illegal, making the arrest legal. The debate hinges on both the jurisdiction and whether the knife was spring-loaded. Prosecutors indicated earlier this week that they believe the arrest was illegal even outside of that debate, since Gray was arrested before officers discovered his blade.