In the two weeks that have passed since Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, local officials told the public that an official investigation was underway as to what happened, but few details have been available. The first tidbit of information was a leaked document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, that suggested Gray’s injuries may have been self-inflicted.
Those allegations were, of course, very hard to believe, but we’d heard nothing else from the investigation. This morning, that silence took a rather dramatic turn. David Taintor reported for msnbc:
All six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray have been criminally charged, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday at a press conference. Warrants have been issued for their arrest. Mosby’s announcement was met with cheers from those in attendance. […[Officials have ruled his death a homicide.
In her remarks this morning, Mosby added that Gray’s arrest was itself illegal and that the young man had committed “no crime.” There have been reports that Gray was carrying a switchblade, but the state attorney told reporters this morning that Gray’s knife was not a switchblade and was lawful under Maryland law.
WBAL’s report added that the officer driving the police van that transported Gray will face the stiffest criminal charge – second-degree murder – while the other officers will face charges of “involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.”