The Justice Department Will Not Charge Officers Involved In The Freddie Gray Case

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 23: Demonstrators chant, 'No justice, no peace' outside the Mitchell Courthouse-West after Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on all charges against him related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray May 23, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. One of six police officers charged, Nero was found not guilty by Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams in a bench trial. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Hannah Bleau

According to reports, the Justice Department will not charge the six officers involved in the highly controversial Freddie Gray case.

The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray’s neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon in April of 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled at the time, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt.

 

Three officers were acquitted at trial, and Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby later dropped the remaining state cases.

 

The Gray family’s attorney, Billy Murphy, said the Justice Department informed him on Tuesday that no federal charges would be filed. The decision means none of the officers will be held criminally responsible for Gray’s death.

I should note– five of the officers will still face internal disciplinary hearings.

Five officers face internal disciplinary hearings scheduled to begin Oct. 30. Those officers are Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White and officers Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller. The sixth officer, William Porter, was not charged administratively.

Did you anticipate this outcome?