Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Death of Freddie Gray

Prosecutors remove false imprisonment charge, add reckless endangerment.

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STEPHEN JANIS, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, TRNN: A major development today in the case of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died shortly after his arrest in April. Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announcing that a Baltimore grand jury had indicted all six officers on a variety of charges, from second degree murder to reckless endangerment, excluding the charges of false imprisonment. It is another step in the process that separates this case from other controversial police-involved deaths where the grand jury declined to charge, including the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.

It is also a blow against critics who have been calling the case weak, among them the Baltimore City Police union, or the FOP, which was the subject of a protest yesterday. And lawyers representing Alicia White, one of the six officers charged in connection with the case, who also called the charges specious.

– I think what you’re going to see as the covers are yanked off this investigation, you’re going to see a number of things that will raise concerns.

JANIS: The public announcement from Mosby comes just a week after her first public appearance since the indictments were announced, when she said she couldn’t talk about the details of the case, but did say she was not surprised about the onslaught of criticism of her decision to charge the officers following the death of Gray.

BALTIMORE STATE’S ATTORNEY MARILYN MOSBY: I’m just doing my job. I’m not surprised by anything. Nothing surprises me at this point.

JANIS: Next up for the six officers will be an arraignment hearing that has not yet been scheduled.

Reporting for The Real News Network, Stephen Janis in Baltimore.

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