The city of Baltimore may see the justice they’ve been hoping for over the last couple of weeks.
This morning (May 1), Maryland state attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced at a press conference that Freddie Gray’s death has been declared a homicide by the medical examiner.
“Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide,” Mosby said, according to Mic.com.
She continued to explain that there is “probable cause to file criminal charges” against the police officers whose custody Gray was in when he suffered a fatal spinal injury, leading to his death a week later.
The six officers will be facing involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office, and false imprisonment charges.
Baltimore city prosecutor says medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide pic.twitter.com/Pj9Bvx4ena
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) May 1, 2015
Mosby said that Gray did not commit a crime, the knife he was carrying was a legal weapon, and “at no point was he secured by a seatbelt” while being transported by police.
Lt Rice, Officer Miller and Officer Nero illegally arrested Mr. Gray, says State's Attorney – the knife in his pocket was legal under MD law
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) May 1, 2015
— Yvonne Wenger (@yvonnewenger) May 1, 2015
Freddie Gray’s death on April 19 sparked protests that escalated into unrest, leading to a state of emergency declaration in Baltimore over the past weekend. Protests continued this week in New York City, with several arrests resulting.