6 Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death

Six Baltimore Police Department officers will face charges in the death of Freddie Gray, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday. Charges against them range from second-degree murder to assault and misconduct in office, and all six of the officers are now in police custody.

Mosby says the officers repeatedly failed to get Gray medical treatment following his arrest despite his request for help, and they also did not buckle him up inside the police transport van, which is against police department policy. Mosby called them "grossly negligent."

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was "sickened" and heartbroken by the situation, but that no one was above the law and justice must apply equally to all.

"There is will be justice for Mr. Gray, there will be justice for his family and for the city of Baltimore," Rawlings-Blake said.

Here is a list of the officers and the charges against them, as well as the maximum punishment they face if convicted:

OFFICER CAESAR R. GOODSON, JR.
Second-degree depraved heart murder - 30 years (NOTE: "Depraved heart" second-degree murder means that the suspect held a reckless disregard for another person's life.)
Involuntary manslaughter - 10 years
Second-degree assault - 10 years
Gross negligent manslaughter by vehicle - 10 years
Criminal negligent manslaughter - 3 years
Misconduct in office

OFFICER WILLIAM G. PORTER
Involuntary manslaughter - 10 years
Second-degree assault - 10 years
Misconduct in office

LT. BRIAN W. RICE
Involuntary manslaughter - 10 years
2 counts of second-degree assault - 10 years each
2 counts of misconduct in office
False imprisonment

OFFICER EDWARD M. NERO
2 counts of second-degree assault - 10 years
2 counts of misconduct in office
False imprisonment

OFFICER GARRETT E. MILLER
2 counts of second-degree assault - 10 years each
2 counts of misconduct in office
False imprisonment

SGT. ALICIA D. WHITE
Involuntary manslaughter - 10 years
Second-degree assault - 10 years
Misconduct in office

Officers post bond

Court records show that all six officers charged have posted bond and have been released. Records also show bail was set at $350,000 for three of the officers while it was $250,000 for the other three.

All of the officers have a preliminary hearing scheduled on May 27.

Online records show three of the officers -- Goodson, Porter and White -- are listed as black, while the other three were listed as belonging to the broad category of "White, Caucasian, Asiatic Indian, Arab."

Police union: Officers did nothing wrong
The Baltimore police officers union said after the announcement that the officers are not responsible for Gray's 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 and have been forthcoming and cooperative during the investigation.

Davey also raised concern that the publicity in this case is driving the prosecution to rush to judgment and move too quickly.

Freddie Gray's family reacts
The family of Freddie Gray said they are satisfied with the charges against the officers involved in his arrest. Gray's stepfather, Richard Shipley, said the charges were an important in getting justice for Gray.

Family spokesman Billy Murphy said the charges are a first step, but not the last. The overwhelming message from the family during a news conference Friday afternoon was one of peace.

"Whoever comes into our city should come in peace," Gray's stepfather said. "If you aren't coming in peace, please don't come at all."

Murphy emphasized the family is just seeking justice, not a conviction-- a distinction they say is important.

Stay with FOX 5 and myfoxdc.com for updates on this story as it develops.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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