The Justice Department won’t bring federal charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Gray died shortly after being held in police custody and his death prompted weeks of protests over police brutality.
Gray, 25, died from a severe spinal injury in April 2015, after being arrested for having a switchblade and running away from police. He was loaded into a police van without a seat belt, while wearing handcuffs and shackles. The medical examiner found his spinal cord had been severed and ruled his death a homicide.
Federal officials have been looking into the case, to see whether Gray’s civil rights were violated during the arrest.
Attorney for the officers in question said the officers were charged with ‘violations of policy and procedure’ https://t.co/Yr6HSlCH3M
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Billy Murphy, attorney for Gray’s family, said the Justice Department informed him on Tuesday that no charges will be filed.
The six Baltimore PD police officers faced state criminal charges, including manslaughter and second-degree murder. After one mistrial and two acquittals, state attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped all the charges. The officers still face an internal disciplinary trial, which begins October 30.