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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Baltimore Police Officers Accused In Freddie Gray’s Death

July 27th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is set to hold a press conference Wednesday morning. The defense attorneys have not yet set a time for their own press conference.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, has yet to release any statement on the decision to drop charges, nor has there been any comment yet from Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

Gray was a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van in April 2015.

Prosecutors' decision Wednesday comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group. A fourth officer had his case heard by a jury, who deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

Prosecutors had said Gray was illegally arrested after he ran away from a bike patrol officer and the officers failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.

The death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement and caused turmoil in Baltimore, including large protests and the worst riots the city had seen in decades.

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