Updated, 6 p.m. PT, May 1
The police officers have been named as: Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45; Officer William Porter, 25; Lt. Brian Rice, 41; Sgt. Alicia White, 30; Officer Edward Nero, 29; and Officer Garrett Miller, 26.
Updated, 11:07 a.m. PT, May 1
The officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest and death have officially been charged. Five of the six have been taken into custody, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a press conference.
“No one is above the law in our city,” she said. “Justice must apply to all of us equally.”
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on Friday that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, saying there was probable cause to file charges against six officers involve in the 25-year-old’s arrest and death on April 12th.
Gray was arrested illegally and fatally injured as a result of being unrestrained and shackled in a police van, Mosby said. She also said a knife Gray was carrying wasn’t illegal. Gray requested medical assistance, but was ignored, Cosby said.
Charges include second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, secondary manslaughter, and more. A warrant has been issued for the officers’ arrest Friday morning.
“I assured his family that no one is above the law and that I would pursue justice on their behalf,” Mosby said.
“From the beginning, we knew that this was a serious case,” she said, explaining that from the beginning her office has independently investigated, instead of just relying on the police.
Mosby took questions, but didn’t reveal her opinion on the case. She asked for peaceful protests going forward. Mosby also said she has no conflict as far as her husband being a Baltimore politician.
Freddie Gray’s death has sparked mass riots and protests for a week in Baltimore while attracting wall-to-wall cable news coverage. Fox News, MSNBC and CNN have all had anchors and reporters on the ground in Baltimore, covering the news as it develops.
Of course, some of the cable news personalities have become the news, namely the usual suspects who tend to attract headlines in these breaking stories — CNN’s Don Lemon and Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, among others.