On Wednesday, Baltimore, Marlyand’s State Attorney announced that all charges against the three remaining officers in connection with Freddie Gray’s death will be dropped.
Three other officers had been previously acquitted during their trials.
The six police officers were charged after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died of a neck injury while in police custody. On April 12, 2015, officers observed that Gray was possibly involved in a sale of drugs. Gray fled the scene on foot as officers chased him. Once he was captured, officers found a spring-assisted knife, thought to be illegal, on his person.
He was arrested, handcuffed, and placed into a transportation van without a seat belt.
While traveling, he became agitated and suffered a medical crisis. He went into a coma, suffered a spinal cord injury, and died on the 19th.
After a 24-hour investigation, six officers were charged with serious crimes related to his death.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the charges against the officers last year.
They were charged with several counts, ranging from second-degree depraved-heat murder, involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter by vehicle, reckless endangerment, misconduct in office, and second degree assault.
However, it was later revealed by a medical examiner that there was no evidence to suggest that Gray’s injury was a result of police force during the arrest. Another prisoner in the van told investigators that Gray was screaming and trying to hurt himself. Gray was also found to have significant levels of illegal drugs in his system while in the hospital, which is consistent to the officers’ allegation that he was a drug dealer.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that the decision to drop the cases was the right one.
According to CNN, Gray’s death served as a source of anguish in the black community, and spiked fear and mistrust of police, leading to protests and riots in Baltimore.
The city became an epicenter in the Black Lives Matter cause and a focus in the discussion on excessive force by police.
The officers have since filed lawsuits against Mosby for wrongful arrest.