Officers Charged In Freddie Gray's Death Receive Grand Jury Indictments With Revised Charges

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27: Pallbearers carry the casket of Freddie Gray to the hearse after his funeral service at New Shiloh Baptist April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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In a Thursday news conference, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced a grand jury indicted all six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death. Mosby said new information surfaced during her staff's two-week investigation, which allowed her department to revise its charges against the six officers. That evidence was presented to the grand jury and led to the indictments. 

As our investigation has continued, additional information has been discovered and as is often the case during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence.

The revised charges are as followed:

  • Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr.: Second degree depraved heart murder; involuntary manslaughter; second-degree negligent assault; manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence); manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence); misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.
  • Officer William G. Porter: Involuntary manslaughter; second degree negligent assault; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.
  • Lt. Brian W. Rice: Involuntary manslaughter; second degree negligent assault; misconduct in office for an illegal arrest; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.
  • Officer Edward M. Nero: Second degree intentional assault; misconduct in office for an illegal arrest; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.
  • Officer Garrett E. Miller: Second degree intentional assault; misconduct in office for an illegal arrest; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.
  • Sgt. Alicia D. White: Involuntary manslaughter; second degree negligent assault; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.
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On April 12, Gray suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody and fell into a week-long coma. He died from his injuries April 19. The 25-year-old's death, one of several young black men's in recent months that have caught national attention, sparked mass protests in Baltimore and in cities across the country. On April 27, the Baltimore protests erupted in fiery riots.

The grand jury indictments for the six officers will likely be lauded by civil rights advocates, as past instances of alleged police violence have gone unanswered in court. After a grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last summer, the small Missouri city went up in flames. All six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death are scheduled to be arraigned July 2.

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