The medical examiner’s office ruled the death of Freddie Gray a homicide early Friday morning prompting State Attorney Marilyn Mosby to formally charge six police officers—one with “depraved heart” murder—at a press conference only hours later.
The charges range from second-degree murder, carrying a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, to manslaughter and second-degree assault, according to a written statement from the State Attorney’s office that surfaced on Twitter.
“The manner of death, deemed a homicide by the Maryland State medical examiner,” Mosby said at the press conference, “is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by a seat belt in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department wagon.”
Mosby alleged that after a “complete, thorough and independent investigation,” she believes the officers failed to get medical attention to Mr. Gray, after he repeatedly requested it, while being hoisted into a van on April 12. There is probable cause to believe the Mr. Gray received the fatal blow while in police custody, she said. He died while in a coma at the hospital a week later.
“Iassured his family that no one is above the law,” Mosby said at the press conference, “and that I would purse justice upon his behalf.”