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Baltimore judge denies motion to dismiss charges against officers in Freddie Gray case

Protesters and Baltimore Police started gathering this morning before today’s pretrial hearing for the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.

The trial begins in October, roughly six months after Gray’s death when the 25-year-old suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.

Baltimore Judge Barry Williams has denied motions to dismiss the case and recuse Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Williams has also denied a joint-trial for officers; all six officers will be tried separately.

This morning, protester arrests have been made, including that of Kwame Rose, a protester who made headlines earlier this year for confronting Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera about his network’s reporting

Rose can be heard saying in the Vine he was hit by a car, as the crowd around him tells police to “let him go.”

The six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the officer driving the police van that held Gray at the time of injury. He faces a second-degree depraved-heart murder charge. Lt. Brian W. Rice, Sgt. Alicia D. White, and Officer William G. Porter are all charged with manslaughter, while officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller face lesser charges, including second-degree assault.

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