Despite criticism that she’d been “overzealous” in pursuing charges, a grand jury seems to agree with state attorney Marilyn Mosby, choosing to indict all 6 officers involved in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray who died while in police custody. Though his family will have their day in court, his death is but the latest in a string of incidences that have pitted law enforcement officials against citizens, as a national debate about the use of excessive force and racial profiling rages on.
First arrested on April 12, Gray died less than a week later after suffering a severe spinal injury, prompting days of unrest and national scrutiny. This is not the first time that the practices of the Baltimore Police Department have come under scrutiny, as they previously settled out of court for engaging in a tactic called “rough rides” in which suspects are purposely injured via erratic driving.
After announcing the initial charges on May 1, Mosby advised that the arrest itself was unlawful as Gray had a legal right to carry the pocketknife found in his possession. Declining to answer questions Mosby announced, “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.”