An attorney for the union, the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, said the officers did nothing wrong.
“No officer injured Mr. Gray, caused harm to Mr. Gray, and they are truly saddened by his death,” Michael Davey told reporters.
The officers face charges such as second-degree assault and involuntary manslaughter that could bring more than 10 years in prison.
• Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., 45, faces one count of second-degree depraved-heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence), manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) and misconduct in office.
• Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41, faces one count of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of false imprisonment.
• Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30, faces one count of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
• Officer William G. Porter, 25, faces one count of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
• Officer Garrett E. Miller, 26, faces two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of false imprisonment.
• Officer Edward M. Nero, 29, faces two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of false imprisonment.
Second-degree depraved-heart murder is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
The six have a preliminary hearing on May 27, according to court documents available on the state of Maryland’s Judiciary Case Search website.
The officers have paid bail, according to the records. Bail for Goodson, White, Porter and Rice had been set at $350,000 each. Nero and Miller each had a bail of $250,000.
Officers’ actions that led to charges
Baltimore mayor: 'There will be justice'
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged police Commissioner Anthony Batts to immediately suspend all officers facing charges.
“There will be justice for Mr. Gray, there will be justice for his family and there will be justice for the city of Baltimore,” she said.
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Word of Mosby’s decision and her statement that Gray’s death was ruled a homicide quickly filtered through Baltimore and across the country.
Jubilant protesters, who just hours before had been decrying what they called the slow pace of the investigation, honked horns and cheered in the streets, happy, for the moment at least, that the justice they had demanded appeared to be taking its course.
“Did we expect something this monumental? No,” the Rev. Walter Scott Thomas of New Faith Psalmist Baptist Church said. “But are we excited about it? Absolutely.”
Across the country, people took to social media to cheer the decision.