The officers — Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller, Edward M. Nero, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice, and Alicia D. White — will be arraigned on July 2. The decision was announced by State's Attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby, Thursday evening.
Gray's death was ruled a homicide after he died of a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody on April 19. These injuries were attributed to his being improperly placed in the back of a police van one week prior. With his hands cuffed and ankles shackled, prosecutors allege that Gray repeatedly asked the officers for medical assistance, but was consistently denied.
"Lieutenant Rice, Officer Miller, and Officer Nero failed to establish probable cause for Mr. Gray's arrest, as no crime had been committed by Mr. Gray," Mosby told reporters.
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Police officials had said Gray was taken into custody for possession of an illegal, switchblade knife. Prosecutors maintained that the knife was not discovered until after the arrest, and was of a legal variety.
Gray's death led to mass protests in Baltimore, as well as other major cities across the country. While most of the protests remained peaceful, the news also led to violent clashes with police, resulting in Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declaring a state of emergency.