Justice Department Ends Investigation Into Freddie Gray’s Death Without Prosecution

On Aug 12, the Justice Department announced it would end the investigation into Freddie Gray’s death in police custody without prosecution stating “that the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero, Lieutenant Brian Rice, or Sergeant Alicia White willfully violated Gray’s civil rights.”

According to the Justice Department’s report, Gray made eye contact with a uniformed bicycle patrol and began to flee prompting the officer to pursue Gray before eventually detaining him. Once he was detained, the officers found a knife that they claimed was a “illegal switchblade” which was later found to be a legal knife. His arrest was captured on video by passerby.

Gray was put into the back of the police van head first on his stomach and wasn’t secured with a seat belt which is against the police departments procedures. On the way to transport Gray, the van made four stops and somewhere during the 30 minute drive Gray suffered suffered a fatal spinal injury. Once Gray arrived at the police station he wasn’t able to breathe or talk and was given medical attention.

Gray later died after being in a coma for seven days prompting the Obama Administration’s Justice Department to launch an investigation into the death of Gray and into the Baltimore Police. The Baltimore Police and the Justice Department entered a consent decree in 2016 which requires reforms accords the department.
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