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Freddie Gray death ruled homicide; 6 cops charged

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BALTIMORE, Md. (KWWL) - The death of a Baltimore man in police custody was determined to be a homicide, and criminal charges -- including second-degree murder -- in his death were filed, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office said Friday morning.

Six police officers, including a lieutenant and a sergeant, were suspended after the incident and have now been charged in Freddie Gray's death.

Those charges include manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

The officers are Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, Officers William Porter, Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson.

Officer Goodson, the driver of the van, was also charged with second-degree murder.

The full charges are below the story.

Gray, 25, received mysterious spinal injuries after being arrested by Baltimore Police in April. He later died of his injuries.

According to the Baltimore Sun, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby filed the charges Friday morning. She dismissed a call by the police union to appoint a special prosecutor, according to the Sun.

"The people of Baltimore elected me and there's no accountability with a special prosecutor," Mosby said.

Mosby said an investigation found officers bound Gray's wrists and ankles and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore, according to the Sun. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.

Officers on at least five occasions failed to secure or even check on Gray, according to the Sun. By the time they reached the police station, Gray was not breathing and in cardiac arrest, she said.

Gray was injured after being arrested in West Baltimore on April 12. He died of a severe spinal injury a week later at a hospital.

Sources told the Sun Thursday he suffered a serious head injury inside a prisoner transport wagon, with one wound indicating that he struck a protruding bolt in the back of the vehicle.

Police have said that though Gray asked for an inhaler and medical attention during the arrest, they did not provide it, according to the Sun. They also said they did not properly restrain him in the back of the police wagon.

Charges as announced:

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr: Second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle - gross negligence, manslaughter by vehicle - criminal negligence, misconduct in office

Officer William G. Porter: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office

Lt. Brian W. Rice: Involuntary manslaughter, 2 counts of second-degree assault, 2 counts of misconduct in office, false imprisonment

Officer Edward M. Nero: 2 counts of second-degree assault, 2 counts of misconduct in office, false imprisonment

Officer Garrett E. Miller: 2 counts of second-degree assault, 2 counts of misconduct in office, false imprisonment

Sgt. Alicia D. White: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office

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