In a press conference Friday morning, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that she found probable cause to charge six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.
Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the van in which Gray was catastrophically injured, has been charged with second-degree murder, Mosby said. The other officers face charges that include manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, and false imprisonment.
“I assured [Gray’s] family that no one is above the law and that I would pursue justice on their behalf,” Mosby said, before saying that police did not establish probable cause for 25-year-old’s arrest. Though police found a knife on Gray after searching him, “the knife was not a switchblade, and is lawful under Maryland law.”
Mosby said Gray indicated “at least twice” that he needed a medic-a request the officers did not respect. Instead, they responded to a second arrest stop in a “grossly negligent manner” while Gray was in need of medical help.
The crowd broke out in cheers as Mosby announced the charges.
“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,'” Mosby said, calling on protesters to maintain peace while she pursues justice through the courts. “To the youth of this city: I will seek justice on your behalf,” Mosby promised, calling for “structural and systemic changes.”
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the officers. Read more at The Baltimore Sun.