Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby [official profile] announced Wednesday that charges against the three remaining officers facing trial in connection with Freddie Gray’s death will be dropped [press release]. While in police custody in 2015, Gray sustained a spinal cord injury, which ultimately resulted his death. Three officers were previously acquitted in the case. Mosby proclaimed [Reuters report] that this case showed “an inherent bias that is a direct result of when police police themselves.”
Mosby announced [JURIST report] in the indictment of the police officers on charges including murder and manslaughter May 2015. Gray’s arrest and death in April of last year led to widespread protests and civil disorder in the city of Baltimore. In September Baltimore reached a tentative agreement with Gray’s family to pay $6.4 million in settlement [JURIST report]. In April of last year Amnesty International urged Baltimore police to exercise restraint [JURIST report] during protests, prioritize non-violent means and limit the use of force.