Cop Faces Murder Charge in Freddie Gray Case

     BALTIMORE (CN) – A Baltimore police officer connected to the death of Freddie Gray, whose funeral sparked massive protests this week, will face murder charges.
     After reviewing a medical examiner’s report that ruled Gray’s death a homicide, Marilyn Mosby, state’s attorney for Baltimore, held a press conference Friday morning and revealed that she filed second-degree murder charges against one officer, involuntary-manslaughter charges against three others, and assault charges against two more.
     Gray, 25, suffered a spinal-cord injury during his arrest on April 12 and died a week later. Video of the arrest shot by a bystander shows Gray dragging his feet while police put him in a van.
     Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, the officer now facing second-degree murder charges drove that van. Goodson also faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office.
     Mosby’s announcement, which comes just one day after police handed her office the findings of an initial investigation, caused Baltimore to erupt with honking horns and cheers in the street.
     Goodson and the other five officers now facing charges were placed on paid leave after Gray’s death on April 19.
     Officer William Porter, 25, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
     Lt. Brian Rice, 41, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
     Sgt. Alicia White, 30, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
     Officer Edward Nero, 29, is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
     Officer Garrett Miller, 26, is charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
     Baltimore is still reeling after riots on the night of Gray’s funeral left more than 20 police officers injured. Hundreds have been arrested, sparking several more across the country.

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