by Allanah Leahy – EM TV Online
Last month, the arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, while in police custody, sparked riots across his hometown of Baltimore.
Yesterday, Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said a grand jury has indicted six police officers over Gray’s death.
The State Attorney’s office conducted an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Gray’s death, finding substantial cause to charge six police officers at the beginning of May. After reviewing evidence from the findings over two weeks, a grand jury returned charges against the six officers.
The charges between the six police officers involve involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office, negligence, assault and reckless endangerment.
Many, including US President Obama, were critical over the Baltimore riots that erupted over Gray’s death, labelling the protestors ‘thugs’ and condemning the hysteria. Others, however, criticised the negative media coverage of the riots for drawing attention away from the core issue of police brutality.
“Now, the grand jury has also found probably cause to charge the aforementioned officers based upon the evidence, these officers, who are presumed innocent until proven guilty, are now scheduled to be arraigned on July second. Thank you,” Mosby concluded.