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Latest on police-custody death: Residents praise decision

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Latest on police-custody death: Residents praise decision

The Associated Press- 11:20 a.m. Across Baltimore, people are reacting to the charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray and praising the decision to prosecute. When State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby made the announcement at a news conference Friday, the crowd cheered. Shortly after, in front of a fire station where […]

Latest on police-custody death: Residents praise decision

The Associated Press-
11:20 a.m.

Across Baltimore, people are reacting to the charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray and praising the decision to prosecute.
When State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby made the announcement at a news conference Friday, the crowd cheered.
Shortly after, in front of a fire station where Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to visit Friday, a man leaning out of a passing truck window pumped both arms in the air and yelled, “Justice! Justice! Justice!”

At the corner of North and Pennsylvania avenues, where the worst of the rioting took place Monday after Gray’s funeral, the mood was far different than it had been the rest of the week.
Drivers honked their horns. As buses stopped in front of the subway station, whoops and hollers came from inside the vehicle as the doors opened.
But there was no large gathering at the intersection immediately after the announcement. Still, nearly 100 police in riot gear were deployed to the intersection.
Ciara Ford of Baltimore expressed surprise at the decision to prosecute.
“I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I hope this can restore some peace.”
“It makes you cry,” said her friend, Stephanie Owens of Columbia.
They both expressed hopes that the officers would be convicted. Both believed that the protests in the city made a difference in ensuring that authorities took the case seriously.
“If we had kept quiet, I don’t think they would have prosecuted,” Ford said.
Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died one week after suffering a spinal cord injury in police custody.

11:10 a.m.

The Baltimore police officers union says the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case aren’t responsible for his death.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan made the comment Friday in a letter to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby before she announced the charges. It was the union’s strongest statement to date in the officers’ defense.
“As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,” Ryan wrote. “To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.”
Ryan asked Mosby in the letter to appoint a special independent prosecutor. But after announcing charges Friday, Mosby said she would not turn the case over to a special prosecutor.
The union contracts with an attorney, Michael Davey, who has said that five of the six officers gave voluntary statements on the day of Gray’s arrest.

11 a.m.

State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says six officers in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been charged.

One officer faces a second-degree murder charge while the other officers face manslaughter or assault charges, among others.

Mosby says the officers failed to get Gray medical help even though he requested it repeatedly after he was arrested April 12. She called his arrest illegal.

At some point while he was in custody, he suffered a mysterious spinal injury and died a week later.

10:35 a.m.

The Baltimore police officers union is asking State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special independent prosecutor for the Freddie Gray death investigation.

Fraternal Order of Police local president Gene Ryan told Mosby in a letter Friday that the union is concerned about her ties to Gray family attorney Billy Murphy.

Murphy was among Mosby’s biggest campaign contributors last year, donating the maximum individual amount allowed, $4,000, in June. He was also on Mosby’s transition team after the election.

The union says none of the six officers suspended in the investigation is responsible for Gray’s death. The 25-year-old black man died one week after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in police custody.

10:15 a.m.

The state medical examiner’s office says it has sent the autopsy report on Freddie Gray to prosecutors.

Officials made the announcement Friday morning. The report is now in the hands of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Spokesman Bruce Goldfarb says the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner will not release the report publicly while the case is under investigation.

Freddie Gray who died April 19 of spinal injuries he suffered while in police custody.

11:30 p.m.

Baltimore police say they are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a tractor-trailer cab parked less than a block from the scene of nightly protests over Freddie Gray’s death.

Spokesman Sgt. Jarron Jackson said late Thursday that police do not believe the death is connected to the protests.

Jackson said a man’s body was found Thursday night inside the truck’s cab

There was no trailer with the cab, which has the name Earl L. Henderson Trucking Co. Salem, Illinois. The truck is parked in front of a Baltimore social services building, less than a block from where many of the protests have taken place.

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By Colin Jeffery

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