A Baltimore grand jury indicted six police officers involved in the fatal arrest of Freddie Gray, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on Thursday.
Gray, a 25-year-old black resident of Baltimore, died on April 19 from injuries sustained while in police custody. His death sparked widespread protests and unrest, some of which became violent.
On May 1, Mosby announced her intentions to file criminal charges against six police officers in connection with Gray’s death. The grand jury has now formally confirmed the indictment.
The indictment, which includes “second-degree depraved heart murder,” manslaughter, misconduct in office, reckless endangerment, and assault charges, came as the legal battle between Mosby and the group of officers heats up in court filings.
The officers want Mosby off the case because she is married to Baltimore Councilman Nick Mosby, whose district includes the area most affected by the days of violence and unrest. Mosby, in a court filing Tuesday, called the conflict of interest charge “premature, frivolous, illogical, and unsupported by authority.”
On April 12, Gray was placed on the floor of a police van without a seatbelt and with his hands and legs in restraints. He suffered spinal injuries — which later proved to be fatal — during the ride, authorities said. His death sparked widespread unrest and violence, prompting Maryland’s governor to send in the state’s National Guard as city officials imposed an overnight curfew. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested.
Before reading off the charges included in the indictment Thursday, Mosby said additional information was discovered during the ongoing investigation into Gray’s death and that charges “can and should be revised” based on the new evidence. After reading the charges against each officer, she left the podium and did not take questions from reporters.
The officers are due in court on July 2.