Prosecutors dropped all charges against the three remaining police officers still facing punishment for the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Wednesday.
“We do not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself. We stand by the medical examiner’s determination that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide,” the Baltimore Sun reported Mosby said during a press conference after a hearing intended to commence the trial of officer Garrett Miller.
“However, after much thought and prayer, it has become clear to me that — without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start, without having a say in the election of whether our cases proceed in front of a judge or a jury, without communal oversight of policing in this community, without real, substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system — we could try this case 100 times, and cases just like it, and we would still end up with the same result,” Mosby continued.
According to the Sun, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow informed Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams of the state’s decision during Miller’s hearing.
Three other officers in connection with the case had recently been acquitted. Initially, six were charged: Caesar Goodson Jr., 45; William Porter, 25; Lt. Brian Rice, 41; Sgt. Alicia White, 30; Edward Nero, 29; and Miller, 26.
Gray was arrested in April 2015, and died in police custody due to spinal injuries sustained in the back of a police van. His death sparked nationwide outrage and protests against police brutality.