Warrants have been filed for the arrests of six former Baltimore police officers in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
Gray died of a broken neck a week after he was arrested and took a "rough ride" in the back of a police paddy wagon.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the shocking charges today. Mosby, 35, found probable cause to charge the six officers in causing the spinal injury that ultimately killed Gray.
The paddy wagon driver, Caesar Goodson, Jr., received the most serious charges among the six officers. Goodson was charged with 2nd degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter in the 2nd degree, 2nd degree assault,and manslaughter by vehicle.
The DA found that Goodson didn't plan to kill Gray, but his actions (or inaction) was grossly negligent and resulted in Gray's death.
If convicted, Woodson faces 30 years in prison.
Sgt. Alicia White is accused of involuntary manslaughter. She faces 10 years in prison if convicted on that charge alone. She was also charged with 2nd degree assault, misconduct and false imprisonment.
White is accused of opening the door of the van and observing that Gray was unresponsive. She allegedly touched his head and there was no response from Gray. Yet she did not request emergency medical assistance for the fatally injured prisoner.
Also charged with 2nd degree manslaughter (among other charges) were Officers William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice, Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller.
Mosby said Gray's death was the direct result of not being restrained in the back of the van, and he should not have been arrested in the first place.
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