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    Charges Against Baltimore Officers in Gray’s Case ‘Pivotal’ - Organizer

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    The decision by the State's Attorney for the city of Baltimore to file criminal charges against the police officers involved in the illegal arrest of Freddie Gray represents a critical moment in holding law enforcement accountable for their actions.

    WASHINGTON, May 1 (Sputnik) — Earlier on Friday, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that the death of 25-year-old African American man Freddie Gray was being ruled a homicide, and the officers involved in his arrest would face criminal charges.

    “It’s a really pivotal moment in our city’s history and our country’s history,” advocacy group CASA organizer Andrew Reinel told Sputnik on Friday. “With the way that these incidents have been handled in other states, I think [Attorney Marilyn] Mosby has really set a golden standard for speed and transparency.”

    Gray died on April 19, 2015, as a result of spinal injuries he received while in police custody under unclear circumstances.

    The announcement comes as protests take place across the United States over numerous police killings of mostly African-Americans at the hands of police officers that usually do not get charged.

    “Ultimately, we know that there’s still work to be done, this [investigation] is not final, but we think it’s a step in the right direction,” Reinel said.

    CASA and at least 11 other advocacy groups are participating in a rally on Friday afternoon that calls for police officers to be held accountable for their conduct.

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