Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney in charge of the investigation of the death of Freddie Gray, said at a press conference Friday the medical report indicates there was “probable cause” that a crime occurred, and the involved officers have all been charged with a variety of offenses, including manslaughter.
She also said the autopsy report, which has been sent to prosecutors, shows Gray was not properly handled during his arrest and that examiners concluded his death was due to homicide.
Specifically, she said “Gray suffered injuries … as as result of being handcuffed, shackled at his feet,” and placed unrestrained, without seatbelt, in the police wagon.
Baltimore Police Department policy spells out very specific transport procedures for suspects, none of which were followed in Gray’s case, she said.
Gray was also denied immediate medical treatment by police, though he requested it twice, she said.
Six officers have been charged with a variety of crimes, including second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct, false imprisonment and negligent. Shortly after the charges were read, the crowd rallied about Mosby’s podium let out an audible cheer.
The officers’ police union put out a statement of defense shortly after the press conference.
“None of these officers are responsible for Freddie Gray’s death,” the police union for the officers said, in a statement to the press. “To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers … protected Mr. Gray.”
Baltimore and several cities around the nation have been torn by violence in recent days, as protesters took to the streets to rally against what they claimed was an act of police brutality.