BALTIMORE (AP)– The stepfather of Freddie Gray says the family is satisfied with prosecutors charging six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest.
Richard Shipley said at a news conference Friday that the charges were the first step in getting justice for Gray, who prosecutors say died after suffering a critical spine injury in the back of a police wagon.
An attorney for the Gray family says people must be mindful that the charges are a first step, not the last.
Saying “no one is above the law,” Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced charges Friday against six officers in the arrest of a black man whose neck was broken in police custody, a decision that comes amid outrage around the country over police brutality against African-Americans.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, his arrest was illegal, and his treatment amounted to murder and manslaughter. She detailed what happened to Gray during his arrest and his nearly 45-minute ride in a police wagon, contradicting what police have said on some points and shedding far more light on what happened during his fatal journey.
An attorney speaking on behalf of the officers says the charges are a rush to judgment.