Breaking: All Charges Against Officers in the Freddie Gray Case Dropped

July 27th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

Baltimore prosecutors dropped all of the charges against officers in the Freddie Gray case on Wednesday morning. 

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After three officers were acquitted and one received a mistrial for the arrest and death of 25-year-old Gray, prosecutors decided to drop the charges for the remaining three officers, according to The Baltimore Sun. 

The trial of Officer William Porter ended with a hung jury and a mistrial. Officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, and Lt. Brian Rice were acquitted in bench trials, meaning there was no jury. Judge Barry G. Williams presided over the three acquittals. 

What happened to Freddie Gray?

Gray was arrested by Baltimore police in April 2015 on suspicion of a weapons violation over a knife he was carrying. He was put in a transport van and called for medical help on the way to jail. The paramedics were called 30 minutes later and Gray died of a spinal cord injury. He also had a crushed voice box. The Baltimore Medical Examiner released a report that Gray died of "high-energy injury" to his neck and spine, and could not consider his death an accident, instead as a homicide.

Gray's death caused national outrage and protests across Baltimore.


In the wake of Freddie Grays death, protests across Baltimore turned violent grabbing national attention. 

There were reports of violent confrontations between police and young protesters. Police cars were set on fire, officers were injured, and stores were damaged. 

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