A grand jury has indicted the six police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death. The charges range from reckless endangerment to second-degree murder. An excerpt:
Gray suffered a critical spinal injury after police handcuffed, shackled and placed him head-first into a van, Mosby has said. His pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored, she said.
Mosby said prosecutors had presented evidence to the grand jury for the past two weeks. Some of the charges were changed based on new information, but she didn’t say what that new information was. She also did not take questions.
“As is often the case, during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence,” Mosby said.
In all, three of the officers had additional charges brought against them while three others had one less charge.
Characterized as a “racist” attack against black men, the Freddie Gray incident fueled riots, looting, and destruction of property in Baltimore — in the name of “justice.” As I blogged earlier, the fact that three of the police officers are black — and one of the black officers receiving the most serious charge — no doubt disappointed many who sought to demonize white police officers.