The death of Freddie Gray has been deemed a homicide and six police officers have been charged for their varying roles in the events that led to the 25-year-old losing his life on April 19.
The numerous charges against the officers include misconduct, false imprisonment, assault and involuntary manslaughter. One officer, Caesar R. Goodson, Jr., who was driving the police van, has been charged with second-degree murder.
"Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed and shackled by his feet, unrestricted inside of the BPD [van]," Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said.
New York Times reporter Alan Blinder tweeted out the list of charges passed out by Mosby's office Friday morning:
Gray was arrested by police on April 12 and died from injuries incurred during the arrest, including a partially-severed spinal cord and crushed voice box, seven days later. Mosby said officers were "willfully negligent" in the arrest and ignored Gray's need for medical care. She also noted that the victim was "illegally arrested," adding that "no crime had been committed by Mr. Gray."
The death of Freddie Gray and silence on what was being done about the case sparked a riot in Baltimore on Monday, the day of his funeral. Protests have been held across the country this week, including in Chicago, and school-aged children held their own protest against police brutality in the city this morning.