Breaking: Freddie Gray’s Death Is Ruled a Homicide. All 6 Officers Will Face Criminal Charges.


All six Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died in police custody last month, sparking tense protests, will face criminal charges. The announcement was made by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby during a press conference Friday morning. The various charges include manslaughter, murder, and assault:

Mosby told reporters that Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide and that the knife found on Gray during a search was “not a switchblade,” as Baltimore police previously alleged, and its possession was therefore “lawful under Maryland law.”

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who was driving the police van that Gray was transported in after his arrest, was charged with second-degree murder, along with manslaughter, assault, and misconduct charges. If found guilty, he could face up to 63 years in prison, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,'” Mosby said on Friday. “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf.” Watch the announcement below:

This post has been updated.

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