This morning, Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that all six officers involved in the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray were being charged with crimes ranging from negligence to manslaughter.
The charges stem from an arrest that Mosby charges was made without probable cause. After the alleged false arrest, the officers failed to properly secure Gray in police van.
At one point, Gray is allegedly handcuffed and his legs shackled but was laid on the floor instead of seated and belted securely. This is believed to have led to his neck injury and subsequent death.
The police transport van is stopped on at least three occasions where officers were able to observe Gray’s condition. At least twice, Gray reportedly requested or positively acknowledged the need for medical attention. Medical assistance was not requested until finding Mr. Gray unresponsive at the final destination.
Officer Caesar Goodson, the van driver, was charged with second-degree murder, while others were charged with crimes including manslaughter and assault.