Disciplinary Trials Scheduled For Officers In Freddie Gray Trial


The six Baltimore PD police officers faced state criminal charges, including manslaughter and second-degree murder.

The decision likely forecloses any chance that the officers involved in Gray's high-profile death will face criminal consequences, though the news is not particularly surprising.

The Justice Department has declined to comment on the status of the investigation, and it was unclear Tuesday if a public announcement was planned.

Gray, 25, died from a severe spinal injury in April 2015 after being arrested for having a switchblade and bouncing around in the back of a police van.

The death of Mr Gray, one of a series of black suspects to die at the hands of police, touched off weeks of protests and unrest in Baltimore.

Yet all six were cleared or else the charges against them were dropped, including officer Caesar Goodson, who had been driving the vehicle in which Mr Gray was being transported without being properly restrained. Alicia White, Officer Garrett Miller and Officer William Porter, citing the unlikely chance of a conviction with Williams scheduled to preside over their trials as well. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby then chose to drop the remaining cases.

Porter had previously had a jury trial, which resulted in a hung jury and mistrial.

Those five all face internal disciplinary trials this fall and winter. The Justice Department during the Obama administration had found that the Baltimore police officers used excessive force and disproportionately stopped African Americans, and ultimately reached an agreement with the city to institute reforms.

"However, if the sources are accurate, we are pleased that the DOJ came to the conclusions that are being reported", he said in a statement.

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