BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged one police officer with murder on Friday and five others with lesser crimes in the death of a young black man who suffered a critical neck injury in the back of a police van, a case that fueled new anger over police treatment of minorities.
The swift decision by Marilyn Mosby, who has been in the position only since January, to charge the six officers in the death of Freddie Gray caught many by surprise in a city hit Monday night by its worst civil unrest in decades.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore residents cautiously celebrated news on Friday that six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray face criminal charges, a marked contrast to recent rioting over fraught relations between police and the African-American community.
Residents shouted with joy, embraced one another and honked car horns to hail the swift action by Baltimore city’s chief prosecutor to file charges in the death of Gray, a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby stole the spotlight on Friday with her surprisingly swift decision to bring criminal charges against six police officers in the arrest and death in April of a 25-year-old black man.
Only four months in the job, the city’s 35-year-old African-American state’s attorney, drew cheers from a crowd at the news conference where she announced the charges. But the city’s Fraternal Order of Police defended the officers and said Mosby’s marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby posed a conflict of interest.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Residents shouted with joy, embraced and honked car horns on Friday on the same Baltimore streets where rioters had clashed with police earlier this week in anger over the death of a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in custody.
The news that prosecutors have criminally charged all six police officers involved in the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray, however, did not salve residents’ anger over poor relations between police and African-American communities.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Six Baltimore police officers will face criminal charges, including second-degree murder and manslaughter, in the death of a black man who was arrested and suffered fatal injuries while riding in a moving police van, the city’s chief prosecutor said on Friday.
Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, said Gray, who died a week after his April 12 arrest, suffered a critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed inside the van. She said officers failed to provide medical attention to Gray even though he asked for it on at least two occasions.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A Baltimore police report on the death of a black man who suffered spinal injuries while in custody was handed over on Thursday to the city’s chief prosecutor, who must decide whether to bring charges against six officers involved in the man’s arrest.
The office of Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney, will include the internal report as part of its own investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, who was injured sometime between his arrest on April 12 for carrying a switchblade knife and his arrival at a police station.
By Scott Malone
TOWSON, Md. (Reuters) – As a jazz band played outside the courthouse and people enjoyed an outdoor lunch, the leafy suburb of Towson, Maryland, felt a world away on Thursday from the tension in Baltimore after a black man died of injuries sustained in police custody.
The latest outburst of racially tinged rioting to hit the United States over the past year happened on Monday night 10 miles (16 km) south of Towson in West Baltimore, where some burned-out lots from riots in 1968 still stand vacant.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore police have handed state prosecutors the findings of an internal investigation into the death of a black man who suffered spinal injuries while in custody, officials said on Thursday.
The report was turned over to the state’s attorney a day earlier than expected, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told a news conference. Prosecutors have said they would conduct their own probe before deciding whether to charge six police officers involved in the arrest of 25-year-old Freddie Gray on April 12.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Residents of Baltimore and activists across the United States waited on Thursday for official word on the cause of a black man’s death in police custody earlier this month, as protests over the case spread to other cities.
More than 100 people were arrested in New York overnight on Wednesday during protests against police violence, while Baltimore saw a largely peaceful night as a curfew held after rioting over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Protesters marched against police violence in cities from New York to Boston on Wednesday, as troops stood by in Baltimore to enforce a curfew imposed after civil unrest over the death of a 25-year-old black man.
The marches were the latest in a string of demonstrations against racial profiling and police use of lethal force sparked by the deaths of unarmed African-American men in Cleveland; Ferguson, Missouri; New York and elsewhere in the past year.