Freddie Gray's family 'satisfied' with charges against 6 Baltimore officers

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Members of Freddie Gray's family and their attorney spoke out Friday after learning six police officers would face criminal charges in his death.

"We are satisfied with today's charges," said Richard Shipley, Gray's stepfather. "These charges are an important step in getting justice for Freddie."

"Today is a momentous step on the road to justice for Freddie," said Gray family attorney Billy Murphy.

Gray's mother, sister and stepfather silently showed their support.

"Freddie was taken too early and too horrifically," said Murphy.

While Friday's events give the family hope, they said it is only the first step and called for real and lasting progress.

"We can start with body cameras," Murphy said. "We can continue with tough and enforceable regulations for the on switch -- never to be turned to the off switch."

Murphy said the Grays only want truth and justice.

"We haven't said we believe these officers are guilty," he said. "We haven't said we believe they're innocent. We said that we want justice and justice means following the true facts."

The family thanked the youth in America for leading the way to change, but they also emphasized peace during the ongoing rallies and demonstrations within the city.

"The last thing that Freddie would want is to see the hardworking people of Baltimore lose their jobs and businesses because of his death," said Shipley. "And we ask that whoever comes to our city, a city that we love, a city we live in, come in peace.

"If you are not coming in peace, please don't come at all."

Another march is planned on Saturday and the Gray family said Freddie Gray would not want any violence.


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