Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.”
“Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said. . . .
Mosby announced the stiffest charge — second-degree “depraved heart” murder — against the driver of the police van. Other officers face charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.
Mosby said the switchblade officers accused Gray of illegally carrying clipped inside his pants pocket was in fact a legal knife, and no justification for his arrest.
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, and misconduct in office. Lieutenant Brian W. Rice is charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, and false imprisonment. Officer William G. Porter and Sergeant Alicia D. White are each charged with manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office. And officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller are charged with assault, misconduct in office, and false imprisonment. (h/t New York Times)
Warrants have been issued for the officers’ arrest.