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Charges dropped against officers in remaining Freddie Gray cases

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2018-12-31 14:29:58-05

All charges have been dropped against the remaining three officers in the Freddie Gray case.

Pretrial motions were expected to start for Officer Garrett Miller Wednesday. Instead, the state dropped the case against Miller and the remaining officers charged, Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter.

The bench trials of Lt. Brian Rice and officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson both ended in full acquittals. Porter's jury trial ended in a mistrial.

After a hung jury and three full acquittals, the state didn't see a path to conviction.

The charges stemmed from the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray who died after suffering an injury while in police custody. Rioting and unrest broke out in Baltimore in the days after his death.

An hour after the courtroom announcement unfolded, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby held a news conference on the corner of Presbury and Mount. With a mural of Freddie Gray as the backdrop, Mosby broke her silence held while a gag order she had requested during the trial was in place.

See also: Mosby: 'I'm not anti-police, I'm anti-police brutality'

Mosby pointed to the right of the defendant to choose a bench trial, the failure to work with independent investigators and what she called the inherent bias among police officers as to why these cases failed.

ABC2's Brian Keubler contributed to this report.

 

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