We marched, we wrote letters, we spoke out and we are now one step closer to the possibility of justice for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man killed while in police custody in Baltimore last month.
Maryland State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby announced that Gray’s death was finally deemed a homicide and that all six police officers would be charged in his murder.
“On April 19, 2015 Mr. [Freddie] Gray had succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The manner of death deemed a homicide by the Maryland State Medical Examiner is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by a seatbelt in the custody of the Baltimore police department wagon,” Mosby said.
The charges of the police officers involved are as follows:
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office.
Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Officer Edward Nero, 29, was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Officer Garrett Miller, 26, was charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
Marilyn Mosby, who is the youngest prosecutor in any major American city, stood firmly for the entire city stating, “I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.” She continued to say, “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man, those that are angry or hurt or have their own experience of injustice.”
Mosby is making it clear that justice for Freddie Gray is symbolization of the value of all black lives and the hope for these types of cases to end.
New York Knick and Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony showed up for his city to march yesterday. CNN spotted him for a quick interview:
Reporter: Obviously this is something close to your heart. Why did you decide to leave and be a part of this march this afternoon?
Carmelo: This is my community. But it’s not also my community, it’s everybody’s community. It’s America’s community so for me to come back here and be a part of a community where I grew up at and really get a chance to kind of talk to the people and get a feel for what’s going on, I had to come, it was only right for me to come.
Reporter: I see it in your face, you’re basically walking by yourself. You’ve talked to people. What does that mean to be here with everybody?
Carmelo: I was one of them, you know, so when I come back home it’s all love. Everything is cool but I’m here for a different cause right now. I’m supporting my community. I’m here to talk to the youth about..kind of calm things down here in the city…
Today is a monumental day in Baltimore, a monumental day in America. We will no longer stand for the demolishment of our people, God’s people. We will never get back the lives of those slain by our police department, but we will work towards making sure this does not continue to happen. We will stand together to ensure that justice for Freddie Gray means the next black man’s life is preserved.
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