Criminal Charges Against Six Baltimore Police Officers in Freddie Gray’s Death

By Juanita Bratcher

Saying Freddie Gray’s arrest was “illegal” and his death a “homicide”, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby Friday announced criminal charges against six Baltimore, Maryland police officers involved.

The investigation surrounding Gray’s arrest, a 25-year-old black man, at the hands of police officers -  found there was no “probable cause” to arrest Gray, and the knife he was carrying was legal, according to Maryland law; not a switchblade knife as reported by officers.

Mosby brought charges against the six officers – three blacks and three whites, five men and a woman officer. The Maryland state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr., driver of the police van, was charged with second-degree murder, the most serious crime, manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

Other officers charged were: Lt. Brian W. Rice – manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.

Officer William G. Porter – manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

Sgt. Alicia D. White – manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

Officer Edward M. Nero – assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Officer Garrett E. Miller – assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Rioting erupted in the city after the death of Gray, the national guard was called in, and the city is now under a curfew.