No US federal charges for officers in Freddie Gray case

Freddie Gray died in April 2015

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

According to the DOJ, "The officers made no admissions that would allow us to prove that any of the officers were actually aware that transporting Gray without a seat belt in back of a police wagon would create a substantial risk of serious harm".

In April 2015, Freddie Gray was arrested by six police officers in Baltimore, Maryland. All six officers were acquitted of the various charges in separate bench trials.

The Associated Press reports that in a statement, the Justice Department said that while Gray's death was "undeniably tragic", federal prosecutors did not have enough evidence to prove that the officers willfully violated his civil rights.

According to AP, internal disciplinary hearings will begin October 30 for five of the officers involved: Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White and Officers Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller. We provide comprehensive coverage of domestic and foreign news, business, sport, entertainment, science and technology, aiming to keep our intellectually curious readers interested and engaged.

Those officers are Lt Brian Rice, Sgt Alicia White and officers Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller.

"Billy" Murphy, the Gray family's attorney, declined to comment. Gray's death led to days of protests and unrest in Baltimore.

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This follows an investigation by officials in Howard and Montgomery Counties.

Three, including Goodson, face firing for internal police charges, with two others facing week-long suspensions. Porter was not charged with violating any policies.

The department released its findings past year, detailing widespread patterns of abuse and misconduct within the troubled Baltimore Police Department. His Justice Department tried to delay the reform agreement in Baltimore, though a judge ultimately approved it over federal authorities' objection. The department and city agreed to court-enforceable reforms.

On Tuesday, Baltimore's delegation to Congress - Sens. Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger, all Democrats - issued a joint statement saying they were "disappointed by reports that DOJ will not seek justice for Freddie Gray, but we are not surprised". Under the Obama administration, the DOJ launched an investigation of the Baltimore Police Department. Police said his death was an accident.

"The onus is now on the BPD to hold these officers accountable at their disciplinary trials this fall and winter", Ifill concluded.

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