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Prosecutors drop remaining charges against officers in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE — Prosecutors don’t believe Freddie Gray caused his own death in the back of a police van but no one will go to jail for it.

When they officially closed the books Wednesday on the six officers charged with the death of Gray, a fraught chapter in Baltimore ended with questions still unanswered.

“We do not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference in Gray’s neighborhood in West Baltimore. “We stand by the medical examiner’s determination that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide.”

States Attorney Marilyn Mosby holds presser
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby holds presser after dropping charges against remaining police officers involved in Freddie Gray case.

Gray, 25, who was black, died in police custody in April 2015 a week after he suffered a severe spinal injury while traveling without a seatbelt in the back of a van on the way to the police station.

Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges Wednesday against three Baltimore officers. Judge Barry Williams had already acquitted three others, including the van’s driver and the highest-ranking officer of the six. A fourth officer was awaiting retrial after his trial ended in a hung jury.

Mosby said the state made the decision because it was “highly probable” the remaining defendants would waive their right to trial by jury and that the judge involved in the case would acquit the officers.

“We could try this case 100 times and cases just like it, and we would end up with the same result,” she said.

Ivan Bates, attorney for Officer Alicia White, called out the state for failing to issue the in-depth investigation Mosby promised. He also said state and federal authorities offered to help in the investigation but Mosby’s office “declined that opportunity to have the support and the guidance of some of the best investigators in this country.”

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