WASHINGTON - A Baltimore grand jury on Thursday handed down indictments for six police officers for their alleged roles in the death of a black man who suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, a case that touched off angry protests and a day of looting and arson in the Maryland city.
The charges, including a count of second-degree murder against one of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, were announced on Thursday afternoon by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Gray, 25, died April 19, one week after sustaining a spinal cord injury while in police custody. He was allegedly put inside a police van without a seatbelt and possibly sustained injury during the ride.  “On May 1st our investigation revealed that we had enough probable cause to bring charges against the six officers ,” Ms. Mosby said.
When she announced those initial charges earlier in the month, all six police officers were arrested and released on bond. After the grand jury review process, reckless endangerment charges were added for all six officers , while false imprisonment charges were dropped.
“The grand jury, who also concluded there is sufficient evidence for probable cause, returned indictments on all counts presented to them.” Mosby said.
Officer Caesar Goodson was indicted on charges of second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, gross negligence manslaughter by vehicle, criminal negligence manslaughter by vehicle, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Goodson faces the most serious punishment of 30 years in prison for the murder charge.
Officer William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White were each indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
Lt. Brian Rice was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
Officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller were each indicted on charges of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.