Gray's Death Ruled a Homicide; Six Officers Charged

One officer was charged with second-degree murder

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The death of a black man who died in custody in Baltimore has been ruled a homicide, and six police officers are facing criminal charges.

Freddie Gray, 25, was detained on April 12 and died on April 19 after injuries to his spinal cord. The injuries occurred after Gray was transported in a police van following his arrest, according to the Washington Post. The death sparked widespread demonstrations in Baltimore.

State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said there was probable cause for homicide, manslaughter, and misconduct charges, according to the New York Times.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

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, assault, manslaughter, misconduct and other charges.

Officer William Porter, 25, and Lt. Brian Rice, 41, were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Officer Edward Nero, 29, and Officer Garrett Miller, 26, were charged with assault and misconduct.

Mosby also said officers had no probable cause to arrest Gray on April 12.  He was detained for allegedly carrying an illegal switchblade, but Mosby said the knife was legal.

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