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Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore ruled a homicide

The state’s attorney in Maryland said Friday there was probable cause to file charges
in death of Freddie Gray.

The death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. Six officers face criminal charges.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said warrants had been issued for the officers’ arrests. At a press conference, she said Gray had been illegally arrested.

Mosby announced the stiffest charge — second-degree “depraved heart” murder
— against the driver of the police van. Other officers face charges of
involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.

Gray, 25, died after suffering severe spinal injuries while he was in Baltimore police custody last month.

He was shackled and handcuffed inside a police van. His funeral earlier this week sparked protests that grew violent.

In an open letter posted on Facebook and Twitter dated Friday, the city’s police union said none of the officers “were responsible for the death of Mr. Gray” and requested a special prosecutor be appointed to decide if charges should be filed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.