This morning, Baltimore prosecutors dropped all of the charges against the last three officers expected to go to trial for the death of Freddie Gray. The other three officers had already been acquitted. Gray died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody in April of last year.
All charges dropped against remaining officers in Freddie Gray case. https://t.co/Yskr09y25l
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 27, 2016
State Attorney Marilyn Mosby had charged six officers for the 25-year-old’s death last year after protests for police accountability sparked all over the nation. “To the youth of the city. I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment,” Mosby said, when she announced the charges in May 2015. “Let’s ensure we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause and as young people, our time is now.”
Mosby slammed the way police handled their investigation into Gray’s death saying the criminal justice system needed “real, substantive reforms.”
Gray’s death became a symbol of the black community’s mistrust of police and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement as well at the nationwide debate on excessive police force and violence.