Baltimore, MD — The State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby released the results of her office’s “thorough and independent” investigation and the medical examiner’s report on Friday.
The verdict? Murder.
In the report, Mosby announced multiple charges against several of the officers involved in the arrest. The charges range from second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter to assault and misconduct in office. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
According to NPR:
Mosby said she has assured Gray’s family that “no one is above the law,” also cited her oath of office, in which she promised “uphold justice.”
She said that her review of the case found there had been no reason to detain Gray, and that his arrest was illegal.
According to the report, “the van transporting Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody and later died, made one more stop than previously thought.”
That 40 minutes Gray spent in the van alone was the center of the independent investigation.
According to Two-Way:
That extra stop was discovered through a review of recordings made by security and private cameras, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. He added that another detainee who was riding in the van told police that Gray was “still moving around … kicking and making noises” until the van reached the police station.
That second detainee rode in the police van on the other side of a metal partition that divides its cargo space. When he was picked up, Gray was already in the van.
That second prisoner was 22-year-old Donta Allen. As we reported Friday, police leaked a document claiming that Allen told them Gray inflicted the injuries upon himself.
However, on Thursday, after Allen was released, he told reporters that he never said Freddie Gray was beating himself up in the back of the van.
According to the report, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor broke down a detailed account of Gray’s arrest and mistreatment while in police custody. There were “numerous occasions on which Gray was not properly restrained with a seatbelt while he rode in the back of a police van,” according to the report.
The release of this report that actually finds the police guilty is encouraging. All too often we see police officers kill unarmed, compliant, and innocent men on video and they never see the inside of a courtroom.
While the charges and arrest warrants are refreshing, this does not mean that the officers involved will be convicted of a crime. While charging cops with murder is incredibly rare, convicting them of it, is even more uncommon.