Friday, May 1, 2015

Baltimore policeman charged with murder of Freddie Gray

A Baltimore police officer has been charged with the second-degree murder of Freddie Gray, while five other officers will face criminal charges over his arrest and death, the city’s chief prosecutor has said.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s state’s attorney, said on Friday that all six officers involved in Gray’s arrest would face criminal charges after failing to provide medical attention to the 25-year-old black man.

Mosby said warrants had been issued for the arrest of the officers charged in the case, in addition to charges of murder and manslaughter, charges include assault, misconduct and false imprisonment.

The prosecutor said the switchblade officers accused Gray of illegally carrying clipped inside his trouser pocket was in fact a legal knife, and no justification for his arrest.

Mosby said the Maryland chief medical examiner ruled Gray’s death as murder and that his spinal injuries occurred while he was riding without restraints in the van.

“No one is above the law,” Mosby said at a news conference.

Gray’s death on April 19, a week after his arrest, is the latest flashpoint in a national outcry over the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups by US law enforcement.

After a night of rioting in Baltimore on Monday, protests spread to other major cities in a reprise of demonstrations last year set off by police killings of unarmed blackmen in Ferguson, Missouri, New York and elsewhere.

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