With all the failures to so much as indict officers in the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, it would be easy to assume that we would not see anything approaching justice for Freddie Gray, an African-American Baltimore man whose spine was severed in police custody.
Many, [including me], were skeptical when it was announced that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was assigned to the case. Mosby, eight of whose family members were officers with the Baltimore Police Department, seems to be taking a refreshingly honest course with the proceedings.
On Friday, Mosby announced that six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest will be facing charges that include murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct, and false imprisonment. Only one officer faces a second-degree murder charge, the most serious of the offenses.
Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, told a news conference that Gray, who died a week after his April 12 arrest, suffered a critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed inside a moving police van. She said officers failed to provide medical attention to Gray even though he asked for it on at least two occasions.
Warrants for all six of the officers charged have been issued, according to Mosby.
“I assured his family that no one is above the law and that I would pursue justice on their behalf,” Marilyn Mosby said at a press conference Friday.
“We knew that this was a serious case,” she later added. “From day one, we investigated. We’re not just relying solely on what we were given by the police department.”
While this seem on the up-and-up thus far, it is important to remain skeptical, yet open to the possibility that Mosby truly intends to see justice achieved. We have no way of knowing how things will be handled moving forward.
Watch Mosby speak about the case, below:
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